Well, we're back in Sarasota after a short, but good, visit to Wake Forest, Knoxville, and Athens.
We left on New Years Day, picking up our 2-week rental at the Sarasota airport. Stopped for the night in Georgia and got to Wake Forest around 3 PM on the 2nd. [Had some problems with getting the rental car: booked with Payless through AARP but ended up dropping that one and going with Avis. Bottom line, we didn't leave until around noon on the 1st. Lesson learned! Also, re: rental car, we found a pick up on the 1st MUCH cheaper for the total rental than to rent on the 31st of December. ;-)]
Spent Friday-Sunday with Dave, Heather, and boys.
Saturday morning on the couch
Marbles Kids' Museum
Look at that colorful tower!
Fantastic clear disk creation!
Wayne's birthday cake....Got it?
Master of disguise
The rest of our week there was spent visiting our doctors, friends, and Mamaw Prichard in Athens. We left Knoxville on Tuesday, January 13, driving to Gainesville, FL, where we spent the night. Two weeks and 2200 miles on the odometer, we finally made it back to Marina Jack on the 14th and are settling in again to our water home.
First call went out to our friend, Bob. He left later in the week for a visit with his son and left us his car for the weekend. Woo-who! Thank you, Bob!
And...our friends the Alexanders and Pearces were here for the week so we had fun running around with them! Thursday Ralph and Kay picked us up and we all met Rob and Jane for lunch at the Dry Dock Restaurant on Long Boat Key. Rob and Jane were participating in an art and antique show here and had set up their booth earlier that morning. After lunch we spent a wonderful afternoon talking and laughing at their Gulf-side condo.
Rob and Jane gave all of us passes to the show so on Friday we converged there for a look-see. After the show ended for the day we walked to downtown Sarasota for supper. We had our sights set on the
Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodle House, which had been talked about at the art/antique show by vendors. Unfortunately for us, others had heard of the restaurant's appeal and the small place was packed...and with people waiting outside. We decided, instead, to eat at Barnacle Bill's downtown. It, too, was hopping on that Friday night, so we spent some time in the bar before being seated. We were met with a great menu boasting a variety of fresh fish and preparations. We enjoyed our meal...and our company. Edys Ice Cream on the way back to the marina made our evening complete.
On Saturday Ralph and Kay came over to the boat for a light lunch, then Ralph and Wayne went out in the dinghy for a tour of the nearby waters.
Kay and I headed for Art and Frame of Sarasota where we mined through their great collection of art supplies. We both went in with shopping lists...and came out with that and more!
We're so glad our crazy boating schedule finally pulled together so we could be here in Sarasota while our friends were here!
The past couple of days we've run around taking care of errands while we have Bob's car. We ate at Pop's Sunset Restaurant down in Nokomis for "old times sake." (We were in Nokomis last February and went to Pop's several times.) Pop's is right on the ICW near Albee Bridge so there's always water traffic to ogle as you eat.
We'll pick Bob up at the airport this afternoon and look forward to spending some quality time with him and Shirley. ;-)