The Squire vacations in Florida

The Rockford Squire traveled along with the Altena family and friends for a quick winter getaway in Florida December 16 to 24. Their trip started out with a flight to Fort Myers and three days enjoying the beach and the restaurants, ending with the rest of the trip in Treasure Island. During their stay, they had a fantastic deep-sea fishing trip with a great haul of fish they had cooked for them by a local eatery. The group also visited Fort DeSoto and Honeymoon Island parks, where wildlife was abundant. In addition to seeing lots of osprey and a bald eagle, they saw many Michigan birds spending the cold-weather months in comfort. They didn’t see an alligator until the final day of their trip and were surprised to find a very large one in a populated St. Petersburg park. Armadillos were also on their list of hiking sights.

Pictured are (l–r) Bill, Beth, Ethan and Will Altena with friend Dillon Miller. Not pictured is Luke Hestikind, photographer. The guy with the hat over his face is a cardboard cutout provided by Fort Myers Airport.
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