After lunch we took a drive around our old stomping grounds - Sarasota and Longboat Key. As I mentioned before, we have mixed feelings here. We're happy and loving it mostly, but sometimes its bittersweet remembering the wonderful times we enjoyed and realizing that they won't come again. Sigh. I'm not complaining, life is really good. Hmmmm, I guess I was complaining, I'm sorry. No more on that subject, I promise.
Some pictures of our day....
|view of Sarasota Bay from Bayfront Park|
We parked the jeep and took a stroll down the long, curving sidewalk that wanders beside Sarasota Bay. Bayfront Park has been home to a changing public art display as long as we've been coming to the area. Below are some of the most current installations.
|a close look reveals this huge sculpture was made of charred cross sections of Korean Big Cone Pine.|
|he watches over the Bay|
|framing a beautiful view|
We sat on a bench and just enjoyed the warm sun on our faces, watching the pelican's diving headfirst in the Bay to feed, the scrappy gulls trying to steal their hard won fish, the boats gliding by, people and their dogs strolling by. So pleasant.
On our way back to Beluga we drove over the Ringling Causeway bridge, through St. Armand's Circle and onto Longboat Key. At the end of Longboat we crossed a small draw bridge onto Anna Maria Island. Longboat and Anna Maria are long, narrow sandbars, really. Driving north, you see Sarasota Bay out the passenger side window and on the driver's side is the Gulf of Mexico.
|clouds forming inland over Sarasota Bay|
|gull flying low over the Gulf|
Tomorrow is supposed to tie the record high temperature.....can you say BEACH DAY!!!!