No matter what the outdoor plans are in Southwest Florida, one must have an alternate plan. Storms can stir up instantly, and that recent nasty weather in the north was moving down toward us this particular week. The Venice Area Birding Association planners checked the tides and it seemed we had the perfect low-tide day, but when 60-mile-per-hour winds and tornado warnings were predicted, we changed our scheduled trip to several days later.
We all converged at Stump Pass Marina to board our rented flat-bottom boat. The sun was shining, there was no threat of that nasty weather, and everyone was in good spirits. Capt. Don Rippeon took us over to the sand bars first, as they were on the way to Stump Pass.
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