It has been two days of half-day motoring to our day’s destination, leaving lots of time for exploring. Sunday, we left St. Petersburg and got anchored midday up the Manatee River. We took the dinghy ashore to Snead Island. There was a state park there giving some of the history of the early Indians inhabitants and later settlers who homesteaded the island. The trails went up and down the Indian middens – which are sort of trash heaps composed mostly of discarded shells. We made our way to a little beach were we spotted a family of crabs in the water so we spent awhile just watching them pop in and out of the shells and scurry around.
Monday morning we pulled up anchor and made it to Sarasota. We grabbed a mooring ball and went downtown for some browsing. We hit a bookstore and got a few more books: War and Peace for Jake, The Tempest for me and Lily got a book from a series Jake has been telling her to read. We shared a huge pizza and got a few groceries at Whole Foods. Sarasota has an art project which puts painted pianos around the town for people to photo and play. I love the idea of painting a piano. Would love to look around and find them all but managed to stumble into two below.
Jake wants to get up at 3 a.m. for the lunar eclipse. He is setting the alarm and is supposed to get us all up. I am not certain this is important enough for me to get up for. I may settle for the vivid descriptions they give me.