Punta Gorda, Florida

Good afternoon y’all!  As we have continued further into our traveling endeavors, we’ve certainly experienced many things.  For instance, the town of Punta Gorda, Florida.  The weather was nice and hot throughout the days and cooling at night.  For the most part, Punta Gorda is a quiet town, but there really isn’t much to do.   We watched airplanes of various sizes fly in and out, but that’s about it. 

One of the many planes we saw flying into land at an airport nearby.
Another plane we saw flying in.

Through one Saturday there was apparently an ATV or motorbike race of some sort going on not far from where we were parked that made the area sound like Talladega in April.  As the day drew on and the sun set, the noise grew louder to the point that when we went to bed, you would have thought they were racing the roads outside our camper.  The noise wasn’t bad, but our cats were acting crazier than they normally do.  They were acting out so badly, they were being absolutely annoying.  The youngest one exclusively.  I don’t know what her issue was.  Between using the kitty box, running rampant throughout the camper, and bathing herself rather loudly, it was like she was thinking, ‘How can I annoy the humans to the absolute max?’  Being the youngest, she still wears a bell on her collar because it’s easier to keep tabs on her at any given time.  Unfortunately, she loves sleeping on my pillow at night, so when she gets an itch she must scratch, and it’s like an alarm going off sporadically throughout the remainder of the night. 

Parking in the back lot, dirt lot of a Pilot truck stop, we met a homeless musician living out of his SUV, waiting for his next gig.  He seemed like a decent guy; he simply experienced a rough turn of events when a previous gig fell through which caused him to lose his place when he couldn’t pay his rent. 

While parked, we got to watch a few truck drivers practice their parking.  The main driver seemed to have an African or possibly Jamaican dialect.  He was the one giving instruction, so for several hours, in the basking heat of the afternoon, we watched each of them take their turns pulling up and backing into a course of traffic cones set up by the main guy giving all the instructions.

Later into that day, we watched another guy, driving a white SUV, turn off the main road into the dirt lot, only to do a single doughnut burnout which of course stirred up a massive cloud of dirt, and then drive off.  What his purpose was for doing that, we don’t know, but I will say we were not impressed.  Sure, a doughnut well done, buy why?  As soon as he did this, we jumped to close our camper windows, or the dirt cloud would have completely permeated the entire camper. 

After the sun went down for the night, we were relaxing, watching some television when we heard what sounded like a vehicle dragging something heavy down the main road.  Then we literally heard that heavy something detach itself from said vehicle.  Afterwards, within 30 minutes of hearing the obvious scrapping thunk, we heard at least three other vehicles hit that heavy something.  Not good.  We didn’t like the sound of it as it sounded dangerous, so hubby and I went to check it out.  Turns out the driver lost their bumper.  Walking in the dark with my phone in hand for the flashlight, we found a twisted, mangled heap of a bumper that could have very easily caused serious damage to any vehicle unable to avoid it.  I moved this mangled bumper into a ditch off the road so others wouldn’t accidently hit it.  I don’t even want to imagine the damage it would have caused otherwise.  While we don’t know what kind of vehicle dropped the bumper, we’re estimating it wasn’t in good condition to begin with. 

During our last couple days in Punta Gorda, we met a couple of people performing a search and rescue for a lost cellphone.  What happened was the lady who lost her cellphone had accidently left it on the roof of her car while she was driving.  She was making a turn off one road onto another, unfortunately causing the cellphone to slide off into the middle of the opposing lane.  More unfortunate is she had the type of cellphone which has a compartment on the back where she kept her credit cards, bank card, and her driver’s license.  These items were later recovered by a passerby walking her dog and discovered the cards laying in the grass.  With the help of Facebook, she was able to return them to their owner.  The cellphone on the other hand wasn’t recovered; not until much later.  We were all estimating that another passerby found the cellphone, tossed the cards aside and went about their own way.  Thankfully, this was not the case.  It was the next day, as we were leaving out, stopping in at the Walmart located just across the street from the Pilot truck stop, the guy we had met and tried to help in finding the lost cellphone, recognized our camper and stopped to give us the update.  Thankfully, the cellphone was also recovered after unfortunately being run over and therefore cracked and broken by another vehicle, which is why the cards were found strewn about as they were in the grass and turned in at the local Wawa.  Though the phone was now broken, we were glad to hear it was recovered and returned as the owner was more upset, not about the loss of her phone, but about the photos she had in her phone.  Luckily, she should be able to take her broken cellphone to her service provider and the representative should be able to recover all her photos.  A happier ending than what could have been. 

So, that’s Punta Gorda, Florida.  I’m sure there is way more to the town than we witnessed and experienced, but when funds are limited, you make your own of it.  We’re still thankful for all that we were able to experience.  Helping others is what we enjoy doing and we did that as much as we could.

Until next time, thank you y’all for reading and thank you even more for following my blog.  In the meantime, we’re moving on, on down the road, and into the next town of our choice… Fort Myers, Florida!

The clouds were really fluffy looking.
One of the many unique recreational vehicles we’ve seen since traveling.