Decided to take a day trip to Naples, FL, about 20 miles from our rented condo in Bonita Springs. The weather was beautiful and our plan was to arrive at opening time at Naples Botanical Garden. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit there, seeing not only beautiful flowers but catching sight of several young bald eagles, racoons and piliated woodpeckers.
Next stop, just off Marco Island, was the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. They had some very nice indoor displays, including a gallery displaying an annual photography show. There are three outside trails and we walked two of them, hoping to see some more birds. But by this time in the afternoon, we didn't see or hear anything.
So we headed back to Bonita Springs and as we approached, the sky turned dark and the temperature dropped. We began to wonder if it had been like that all day in Bonita Springs and how lucky we were with the weather in the Naples area. An inquiry to a couple of ladies walking a dog confirmed that, yes, the weather was lousy all day in Bonita Springs.
So next time, before we decided our plans for the day, I checked the weather radar. If was cloudy here but looked cloud-free 20 miles away, we'd make it an 'away' day.