We wanted to drive to see Marco Island, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island which are in the Naples and Ft. Myers area, south of us and outside of our mission area. Those areas were part of our mission until last January when they were transferred to the Ft. Lauderdale Mission. I checked with President Cusick, and he gave us permission to drive there. So we planned a day trip.
We were interested in seeing Marco Island because Marriott has a time-share resort there. However, we were not impressed by the island. Even worse, they are building two additional towers at the Marriott resort. We checked it off our list of places to visit.
Renee and I had visited Sanibel and Captiva Islands about 20 years ago. Our memories were positive, so we wanted to see why. Both islands, which are connected by a bridge, are pleasant without a lot of commercial development. I'm sure the limited accommodations on the islands are very expensive. We stopped at one of the beaches on Sanibel to look for shells. We have read that the "shelling" on Sanibel and Captiva is good, and we found that to be the case. We found a lot of shells, though not any large or unusual ones.