#1 I finally have a dinghy motor that works and that I can easily load/unload on the dinghy. My brand new Tohisutua 3.5 hp motor was basically a $1000 piece of junk. Worst money I've spent on the entire trip. First of all it had a long shaft - instead of short shaft like you'd use on a dinghy. The long shaft made it cumbersome to load/unload - and I also couldn't get very close to shore with it. Then there was the whole matter of it rarely ever starting - and if it ever did start- it would not idle or run at a low speed ever - period. Anyway enough rambling about that bad investment.... the good news is that I know have a little bitty old 2 hp motor that I can easily pick up - starts every time on the FIRST try and will move my dinghy along even when things are a bit choppy. No more bumming dinghy rides to shore for me! I now have freedom!
#2 I have a library card! Turns out Ft. Myers Beach Library will let you get non-resident library card for the low price of $10! As much as Coleen and I like to read - even if we're only here for 2 weeks - that's still a lot of books! And even better - I did a little research and for $30 - we'll be able to obtain a library card in the Keys!
Yes - things are good on the Glass Slipper!