One of the things we discovered on our trip down to Sanibel (which took about 7 hours of driving) was the rest stops were not at all pet friendly. They had beautiful picnic areas and were clean and well maintained but all the ones we stopped at had HUGE signs saying no dogs allowed except in the "approved" area which sadly were mostly just a four foot strip of weed infested overgrown area that was the "pet walk". We left on Friday morning and Mom wasn't actually feeling to well - in fact she slept nearly the whole way and slept all of Saturday too - not the greatest start to a vacation but Sunday morning she finally was able to get up the energy and head to the beach. It was quite windy and overcast and the water was a muddy and brown - not quite the wonderful aqua blue we were expecting but we still loved having a stroll along the beach and luckily it seemed we were about the only ones who felt like being out in the wind and the beach was all but deserted. The last couple of pictures show the bridge across to Sanibel and Fort Myers in the background - Mom thought is funny to see the big hotels over in Fort Myers looking like they were floating in the water.