Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nearing the end of Sarasota stay

Tuesday, January 27-

Well, all good things must come to an's you can move on to all the rest of the good things.  ;-)
Today we started planning routes, anchorages, and our departure from Marina Jack and Sarasota.  The stay has been shorter than we planned...but we've crammed in a lot!

Last Wednesday we had a beautiful day on our hands and decided to walk across the Ringling Causeway to St. Armands Circle and lunch at the Columbia.  Sitting outside with our meal complete (right down to the almond cake with fresh strawberries and zabayon sauce), we decided this was well worth the trip.  (We took the bus back!)  ;-)

That evening I walked to the Art Center for a session on CV's and artist statements.  The class was small, 4 people total, but we had an interesting discussion.

Thursday evening we walked down to Anne and Jim's condo for wine and conversation.  We loved their location and the condo!  We invited them to come to the boat for lunch on Saturday so they could acquaint themselves with a trawler.  They are sailboaters...and we're hoping to pick up some storage ideas while they are here.  ;-)

Friday brought up winds gusting up to 40 mph!!  Yee-ow!  That and a negative tide that cropped up a couple of times this month have kept Wayne busy adjusting lines on our fixed, concrete dock.

Saturday we walked around town in the afternoon and checked out some places we hadn't seen before like Burns Court.  Loved the small shops and the architecture...

Sunday morning we had a visit from Bob and Jace.  Jace visited Segue back in 2008 when we did the first Loop trip and thrilled us all by demonstrating his ability to start the engine while we were in a slip...and the boat was in gear.  I threatened to tie his hands behind his back this time! ;-)  Jace is growing up fast...and excelling in school and on a competitive swim team.

Sunday afternoon we caught the bus to Siesta Key and lunched at S.K.O.B. (Siesta Key Oyster Bar) outside on the deck.

This week we've been planning and preparing for our trip down to Ft. Myers Beach.  We did take time to go to Bob's for lunch with him and Shirley on Tuesday (spaghetti carbonara, fresh green salad from his earth boxes, homemade whole wheat French bread, and homemade biscotti and coffee!!).  We returned the favor today and had them out on the boat for a taste of crockpot bean soup...and the boating life.  ;-)

We leave tomorrow morning after fueling up here at Marina Jack ($2.99/gal. diesel is a welcome change from our 2008 trip!).  Depending on the traffic and slow zones, we'll get to FMB either Saturday or Sunday.  I'll leave you with a few other pictures from our stay here and walk-arounds...

The Selby Public Library of the Sarasota County Library System has a distinct architectural design and is located right downtown.  Their friends group has a bookstore for used book sales...and, of course, I found something to buy even though I've tried to do all e-books on the boat.

The beautiful Sarasota Bay setting with walking/biking trail alongside...