Day Trip: Matlache and Pine Island

I have more pics than I can possibly post at one time, so this will probably be broken into two blogs.

Matlache (French, pronounced Mat-la-SHAY) is a small, comma-shaped island between the mainland and Pine Island. It’s a total tourist trap, and I loved every minute of it except for the lack of obvious parking. This is what I think of when I picture Florida: colorful, happy, tacky. Heh.

This first pic is a panorama made from two shots. Click to see full-sized. The man sitting there? Isn’t a man. πŸ˜‰Matlache Pano 4.14.15 sm

Here’s a shot of shops farther down the street. Again, click to view full-sized. I love the colors! Why not be bright and cheerful? I always thought houses up north, where it’s cold and snows a lot, should be painted like this. I believe Norway does this, but if you dare to paint a house bright yellow and blue in the Midwest, your neighbors look at you like you’re crazy. How silly is that? Why shouldn’t we have something colorful to look at during the long dreary months of winter?Matlache Shops 4.14.15 sm

On the opposite side of the street was this place. Love the human forms on the roof. πŸ™‚ As it happens, I believe the woman who owns (owned?) this shop is selling her house, which is just down the road, and what a wonderful, beautiful house it is, too, with gorgeous landscaping surrounding a small courtyard, and a generous backyard. It’s also on Matlache Pass; she can look out her back windows and see the ocean.Β Leoma Lovegrove Gallery Matlache 4.14.15 sm

When I finally hit Pine Island, I turned north for Bokeelia, at the very tip of the island. I passed some gorgeous scenery (those pics will show up Friday) and talked to a couple from Wisconsin. Because it was after eleven, I decided to grab some lunch. There is only one restaurant in that area, Captain Con’s Seafood Place, and I do not recommend it. I ordered a salad and bowl of black beans and rice, and both were nearly inedible. The lettuce was brown and wilted, and something tasted off with the beans and rice. I left hungry. 😦 (And later stopped at Subway!).

However, the views were amazing! This is one of the two fishing docks. Notice the dolphins on the gate near the end? Only fishermen are allowed beyond that point. The other dock has the same rule. I didn’t see anyone catch anything while I was there, but I’m sure there were fish (sharks!) in the area. It’s the ocean, after all.Β Bokeelia Fishing Dock 4.14.15 smA different angle of the dock opposite the one above.Β Bokeelia Dock 4.14.15 sm

And finally, a shot of both docks and ocean. I, of course, was on shore.Β Bokeelia Point 4.14.15 sm

What a beautiful day I chose to make this drive! More pics of the trip next Friday. πŸ™‚

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12 Responses to Day Trip: Matlache and Pine Island

  1. Helena Stone says:

    Those pictures are gorgeous, but I may have told you that before when you shared your photos πŸ™‚ Those colourful houses and shops put a huge smile on my face and I can imagine it would be the same if you lived there and had to drive past them on your way to work – you’d wake up grumpy and snarling at the world and halfway through your journey you’re suddenly smiling.

    Thank you for sharing all the beauty with us. I hope to cross the Atlantic one day and see some of it at least for myself but in the meantime I’ll enjoy the snapshots you provide and use them as encouragement to save even harder.

  2. Love the pictures! I haven’t been further south than Tampa on the west coast, and am very interested to go. I love the bright, bold–and yes, sometimes tacky–colors and decor found along the FL coast. Seeing some of the cookie cutter mcmansions that have been built here seem so out of place.

    • I agree! Mansions don’t seem to belong in Florida.

      The couple I met from Wisconsin mentioned their son lives in Woodbury, MN. I instantly said, “Oh, the clone home area?” They knew what I meant right away and laughed. All the houses are large and look exactly the same. It’s horrible. At least here, for the most part, there is variety.

  3. Patricia says:

    Every color of the rainbow here in Florida. Those are beautiful shots, look forward to more of your day trips. Your ability to capture the clouds and the color of the water…wonderful.

  4. Allison says:

    I could stare at the picture down the dock all day. The blues are so soothing, it makes me want to sink through my screen and sit down on the beach and listen to the waves.

    Glad you’re having fun exploring! Have a great weekend!

  5. Love the green shop! Great color! I agree with Allison. I could stare down the length of the dock picture all day. Reminds me of the You And I video. Heh. Gorgeous clouds. More!!!

  6. Yvonne says:

    They do paint the houses in different colors in Norway, Fen and a good thing it is too ’cause it does brighten up the neighborhoods. The colors aren’t half as vibrant as the ones on Matlache Island though;-)
    Love the pic of the dock and look forward to seeing more next Friday.

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