Friday, February 22, 2013

So Many Wonderful Things to Do Around Here....

Sarasota, FL      High:   82     Low:   63

Well, we've covered a LOT of ground here in the three months we've been in Sarasota, and we've got one more month and few days left to go...We've been to the Marie Selby Botanical Garden, the Ringling Museum, Myakka River State Park, some great restaurants, the Farmer's Market in downtown Sarasota, the Red Barn Flea Market, the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Casperson Beach for shark's teeth, explored Amish cuisine as Der Dutchman Restaurant, played disc golf at Lakeview Park, took some day trips out of our RV park to see surrounding areas....We've seen Nick Wallenda walk the wire in downtown Sarasota, ridden the Legacy Bike Trail, hiked through the Canopy Walkway at Myakka River State Park, biked to Longboat Key, visited the Marietta Museum of Whimsey, and attended the drum circle at Siesta Key at least 5 times. If you missed any of these, just type them in the search line, and they SHOULD come up. What's left to do?

Well, for starters.....Spring training at Ed Smith Stadium, kayaking some bodies of water around here, checking out the Sarasota Bay Trail...Sparky has a nice guide that she started looking at...
There are TWELVE waterways to explore in Sarasota. Paddling trails are in blue, hence the "Blueways" highlighted on the maps inside. This guide covers EVERYTHING you need to know about the following trails:

the Sarasota Bay Trail, the Lido and South Lido Trails, the Phillippi Creek Trail, the Neville Marine Preserve Trail, the South Creek Trail, the Dona Bay/Roberts Bay Trails, the Caspersen Trail and the Lemon Bay Trail. There are more, this is just a sampling....Each paddling trail has detailed directions to launch points. Each trail description suggests short trips, navigational notes, and paddling tips. Points of interest while on your trip are included for each trail, too as well as nature notes. All this in this beautiful, comprehensive color guide that was FREE at the welcome center in Sarasota.

Sparky's been so busy getting exercise (five pickleball games today!) and crafting, there are still lots of other things left to do on her Sarasota bucket list that are calling to her:

the Mote Aquarium, Spanish Point--a historical place, Robinson Preserve--a terrific place to bike, hike and kayak....the Sarasota Baywalk--a 4.5 acre wetland with boardwalks, Quick Point Nature Preserve--a 34 acre nature park with trails, boardwalks, tidal pools and scenic vistas. Sparky wants to go on a Myakka Safari Tour or a dolphin tour put on by Mote Aquarium. We want to explore Anna Maria Island's an art colony and a glimpse into "old Florida" without the high rises and urban clutter. We want to go see Nokomis Beach and their drum circle on Wednesday or Saturday nights...Sparky wants to check out the celery fields where they say there are roseate spoonbills....Eldy wants to golf--with over 60 golf courses, he shouldn't have any problem finding one he likes this coming month. We think we'd like to see a polo match, just to say we did! Ten bucks gets you in on Sundays in Lakewood Ranch. The Lippizan Stallions are in the area, too, but we saw them last year. They are well worth the trip distance to see them perform and how they are raised. It's free but they hope you will give a donation to help care for the horses, who are magnificent animals.

Ya think we have enough cool stuff to do coming up? Yup! And who knows what else Sparky will think of!? Cheers!
Eldy at Woody's River Roo Bar and Grill Ellenton, FL


  1. You are having way too much fun and thats just the way it should be.

  2. Have you thought about a gig working for the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce? You are a walking billboard for living life to the fullest.

    1. Well, thank you, but it's probably wouldn't be a paying job..Hmmmm, maybe I should investigate further. My guess is snowbirds are probably not in high demand, but some day, maybe we'll be living down here and I could really do the job! I'd love something like that...promoting all my faves about Sarasota!

  3. Am I hearing that you will be staying at Sun N' Fun yet another month? 4 in all AND coming back in December next year for a repeat? Or are you just going to move to Sarasota? :-))