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Fishing with the Kingfisher Fleet in Punta Gorda Was a Highlight of Our Trip!

Aptravelnews-January 7th, Indianapolis, Indiana–Its 20-below wind chill factor and Barb and I are getting ready to set up a Click-It Hot Use It Cold booth at the Convention Center. Its so cold that the pipes froze at our rental house our team is holed up at . But, we have a great fireplace, electric is still on and we had a hardy breakfast. 6-inches of snow outdoors and we have thought back to our recent trip to Punta Gorda, FL and our fishing day with Kingfisher Fleet. Oh, how we wish we could head back to 80 degrees again!

Looks a bit rough, but it wasn't this time! Just nature turbo-charged at its best!
Looks a bit rough, but it wasn’t this time! Just nature turbo-charged at its best!
One more of our over 40 grouper we released. Barbs wrist held out against the pull of these big mouthed, beautiful rock and reef holding fish.
One more of our over 40 grouper we released. Barbs wrist held out against the pull of these big mouthed, beautiful rock and reef holding fish.

A Visit to Toyota In FT. Pierce, FL

At 18-K MSRP the XD Scion is a very comfortable and nimble useful, yet sports-like vehicle for young and old!
At 18-K MSRP the XD Scion is a very comfortable and nimble useful, yet sports-like vehicle for young and old!

APtravelnews-December 29th, -Bob and Barb- Fort Pierce, FL--We received a letter of  invitation from Bev Smith Toyota to take a test drive of any of their Toyota models, and if we did, we’d receive a 25-dollar American Express credit card. We took them up on this, and as advertised, after driving a model called Venza and a square XD Scion,  less expensive model, half the price of the Venza. We loved the Venza, kind of a Cadillac, top of the line Toyota with all the usual bells and whistles, but we really liked the XD Scion. Yes, price was a factor, but actually besides their premium model;  the Avalon.  We had experience using the XD Scion on a loaner basis from Toyota a few years back, and driving it to N.Carolina’s town of Cashiers, up thousands of feet, on a very curvy road. The Scion performed like a more pricey sports car, not an 18-K, reasonably priced family car that also got great gas mileage to boot! Pierre F. St. Sume our auto salesman met us at the door, wasn’t pushy, gave us the keys to both models and presented us with our 25-dollar gift card. Frankly, the salesman at Bev Smith knew their business, and understood Child Psychology 101-“Don’t be too pushy, or aggressive, or the recipient will not be receptive to your advances and urging’s to make a deal.” We’ll be back again, and pass up all other dealers when we are ready to play; “Lets make a deal.”

Charlotte Chorale Singers and The Perfect Caper Were Both Just That; Perfect!

The Perfect Caper, perfect steak!  mmm, Great!
The Perfect Caper, perfect steak! mmm, Great!

APtravelnews-Bob & Barb “On The Road Again in Punta Gorda-December 27th,–Our visit to Punta Gorda visit included  an excellent annual holiday musical extravaganza. The Charlotte Chorale presented a concert at the new Charlotte Performing Arts Center, built since the area was slammed by hurricanes almost 10 years ago. The theme was “Images of the Season.” The facility was acoustically as perfect as modern technology can muster. On some Christmas songs, the entire sold-out audience was asked to join in and sing along. The festiveness of the event was very catching!  For information go: www.thecpac.net

When the afternoon concert was over we walked to dinner at The Perfect Caper www.theperfectcaper.com we dined at the award- winning restaurant that featured a menu with Asian-Fusion accented French and American flavors. The culinary artist is a four-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef in the South nominee. Chef Jeanie Roland , who with her husband  James Roland have a second restaurant in Westerly, Rhode Island called Ella’s Fine Food & Drink. The seafood, steaks and chops were outstanding along with the service as well.  Our entire trip to Punta Gorda was marked by excellent dining, terrific holiday tableaus and outdoor adventures that included deep sea fishing and terrestrial wildlife watching as well!

Mac and cheese lobster and a filet! Where is heaven on earth? This plate was!
Mac and cheese lobster and a file
t! Where is heaven on earth? This plate was!