Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Tampa and Fort Myers Adventure, Day 6

[Composed 11/26/2021]

Today was supposed to be a simple travel day: head from Fort Myers to the Tampa Airport where we would grab our flight back home. Shira had a clever suggestion, however. She asked my Sister-in-law if she and the fam wanted to join us at the close-to-the-airport Cypress Point Park for one more quick get together. They were in!

Cypress Point Park was the perfect place to meet. As promised, it was close to the airport. It was also in the landing path for one of the runways, so we got to enjoy watching the planes fly overhead. Shira and the girls played on the playground while D and I headed off to do a bit of park bird watching. We saw a hawk, a song bird and a red-bellied woodpecker. All a big win from my perspective.

Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. We made the short drive to the airport rental car return, where we learned that Tampa has a nifty feature: you can check your bags at the offsite rental car center. Alas, to use this service you need to arrive 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave. We showed up with 86 minutes remaining, so we couldn't use the service. Still, it's good to know for the future.

Our flight back to DC was uneventful and landing in the chilly DC temps made us miss Florida already!

The pics on this last day were almost not meant to be. In my haste to clean up files I deleted the files off the SD Card before uploading them to Google Photos. Thankfully, Disk Drill made recovering the files a snap. I suppose I'm glad I had a chance to do a practice recovery before I found myself in a desperate spot. Hurray for Disk Drill!

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