When we finally made it down to Florida, we were able to meet up with them again. We met at the Ivy House in Williston, FL for lunch and enjoyed catching up and chatting for a few hours.
|Steve, Joan, Deb, Jim, Dan and I|
This past weekend, we also met up with friends, Mary Ann and Bill. They are "snow-birds" and are in Florida for the winter. We met at the outlet mall in Ellenton for lunch and a little shopping. Not sure how I did it, but I ended up with the most bags (and all I really needed were some new clogs!!)
|Dan, Mary Ann and Bill|
The weather here has been absolutely marvelous and we enjoyed a motorcyle ride out to Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Siesta Key has been voted as one of the top ten beaches in the US and needed to be checked out by this beach lover!!
We stopped along the way at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island for a picnic lunch....
The water was amazing shades of blue! We saw our favorite type of bird hanging out...
See that green tractor? It is raking the sand so it's level! Can't you see him doing that?
Longboat Key was beautiful but we did not stop to visit the beach. The sign advertising condos for $3,000,000 was a bit of a turn-off for me so we continued down to Siesta Key. We parked the bike and headed to the beach....
The sand was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was powder soft and so white! However, it was very, very crowded. We hung out for a bit watching the bitds....
It was a nice day but we were both glad to get away from the crowds. Traffic was a bear also!
One of our neighbor campers had told us about a manatee viewing area that was close to the campground we were at (Little Manatee River SP). Tampa Electric Company operates this and it is a fascinating place to visit....and it's free! The viewing area is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary and includes a tidal walk, butterfly garden, and education facility. The waters from the power plant are warm and this attracts the manatees. On the other side of the viewing area is the power plant.....
During our stay here, we also met up with friends Gin and Syl and Sherry and David. We headed over to "Pelican's Point" for a little kayaking. We also were anxious to see Gin and Syl's new home! It's a beauty!!
and out in the bay.....
|Sherry and Syl|
|Sherry pointing out a bird in a tree...|
It was a great afternoon with great friends! So great that we are headed back over to their campground again today to spend more time with them! Life is good!