So, St. Patrick’s Day has come and just about gone, but Randy and I had a wonderful time on Fort Myers Beach. We began our day by sleeping in (until 8:30ish) with plans to go on a brunch cruise on the Indian Princess. We had a fairly large group from the marina going on the cruise and we lined up on the docks around 1:15pm to be picked up by the paddle wheel boat. What’s cool about the Indian Princess cruise is that the captain, Kevin, lives aboard in our marina. What was extra special today is that he was dressed in full kilt and played his bag pipes for us (while Capt. Tom steered the boat). We had an excellent cruise with food, drink and fun.
Once the cruise was over, I was about ready for a nap, but Randy talked me into going for a dinghy ride. So we piled into the dinghy and headed down the beach toward Matanzas Bridge where the dinghy dock is. When we pulled up, we heard a band playing at Nervous Nellie’s. It happened to be a Bon Jovi tribute band so we watched for a few minutes and decided it might be too loud to relax and enjoy the day. Every bar on Fort Myers beach was buzzing with St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Folks were dressed in full on green Irish gear and were drinking and being festive. We walked a bit and ended up at Yucatan Beach Stand where we enjoyed a couple of Blue Moons and a light dinner. After that, it was time to head back home towards the marina. When we got back, we walked down the docks with a drink to catch up with some of our friends on D Dock. I have to say that I was impressed by the St. Patrick’s Day spirit on Fort Myers Beach.