Manatee River and Sarasota

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.

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Foxtrot through the Snead Island foliage.

Foxtrot through the Snead Island foliage.

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.


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5 Responses to Manatee River and Sarasota

  1. Faye Fuchs April 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Tam we enjoyed the blog and the pictures. Thanks Jake, would still like to see your picture also, Tam.

  2. adminsvfoxtrot April 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Yes, will maybe permit my picture to be taken at some point. It will probably be mostly hat and sunglasses so maybe I will post one. Lily has a letter for you which I will try to get mailed when we got to shore.

  3. Lily April 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Hello Mamaw, I love you and hope I can see you soon! I have the sweetest big brother in the whole wide world, and he is especially sweet for typing out this comment for me. Whiskers and I are doing a play, based on the book I just read. Whiskers sends her regards to you and papaw.
    With lots of love from Lily.

  4. Faye April 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    That was so sweet Lily. I love and miss you also. Tell that sweet and wonderful brother of yours, I love and miss him also, and tell him THANK you for writing for you. I am glad that you guys are having fun. LOVE you all.

  5. Susie April 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    You guys are just having too much fun!

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