Sarasota/Siesta Key, FL

Thanks to a gift from our friends Mark and Laurie Stafford, we had a wonderful two weeks at Calini Beach Club on Siesta Key/Sarasota (#1 beach in the USA). Cori, Andy, Logan, and Jordan flew down and stayed with us at the condo for the first week we were there.

Logan really likes high-adventure, so we went parasailing and paddle boarding, but the 6 mph boat ride at Myaka River State park put a few of us to sleep!

We enjoyed the pool at the condo, but everyone loved the beach and time playing in the ocean. We looked for and found some real treasures during our evening walks on the beach. We saw lots of live conchs, some crab, starfish, and Jordan’s favorite were the little slimy thingys 😳.

We ate out a couple of times, but mainly I let Cori do all the cooking πŸ˜‹. Andy was the main grill man (I think he cooked about three dozen hotdogs!). One night, Cori & Andy, Logan & Jordan introduced us to the Subzero Icecream place. While we waited in line, something got into Kenny and he decided we should have a little fun. It started with Cori having to repeat her name a couple of times to the worker who took her order. Then it was Andy’s turn. He placed his order and gave his name. I was next and followed Kenny’s instructions. I gave my order and said, “My name is Andi, with an ‘I’. I got a funny look and there were some giggles, but then Kenny placed his order and said his name was Ande with an ‘E’. Of course, Cori and Andy, Logan, and Jordan had no idea what we were up to, and were looking at us like we had lost it, but the best part was when the workers had to call out our names! Oh, and the ice cream was so good that Kenny and I went back the next week (without our aliases).

Cori was the group event planner, and as such she had her hands full getting group consensus on everything… Where to eat, what to do, where to go… She did a great job, except for the boat rides… The Myaka River boat ride was interesting, but slow. It was later reported that at least a couple of us took a nap on the boat. Afterwards, we had lunch there and both Logan and Andy tried the alligator bites 😳. As for me, I had the chicken nuggets… Or at least I think that’s what they were!

A few days later, our event coordinator (aka Cori) planned another boat ride for us. This time, we were on our own with a “fun boat” (pontoon without the pontoons) and after a brief training session Captain Andy (with a Y) went full throttle from the dock and headed for the opposite bank! I’m not sure, but I think everyone in the boat and even some people on the dock were giving Andy way too much advice at that moment, but finally everyone calmed down and Andy got us out to the Intercoastal Waterway just fine. We saw lots of beautiful homes along both shores and some great boats on the water, and I really liked the interesting bird nests on sign posts, but I rediscovered something that I had forgotten over the last 20 years… I don’t like boat rides. So, when we docked halfway through our journey for a bio-break, I got off the boat with a migraine and went back to the condo. After another brief delay, the others went back out. I don’t think it was our cup of tea, but we sure did give it a try, and kudos to Captain Andy (with a Y) for taking on a job that no one else wanted!

Sadly the next afternoon, Cori and her family left us and flew back to St. Louis. We missed them instantly, but by Sunday we were back on the beach soaking up the sun, which is pretty much how we spent the rest of the week there.

In closing, thanks again to Mark and Laurie for the extra nice retirement gift! And, to everyone reading our RV travel blog, remember to be kind to one another and enjoy each day as it comes.

Logan decided to put his foot down!
We were all having a perfectly good time on the beach until Logan decided to put his foot down!
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Going down!
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Went up to view the canopy and happy to come down 😊
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Myaka River State Park. The walk across to the tower was swinging as we went across. Only three at a time allowed.
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We were so happy to see Cori, Andy, Logan & Jordan! First night’s dinner at Turtles restaurant along the Intercoastal Waterway on Siesta Key.
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Coconuts
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Myaka River State Park. Kenny was in charge of the selfie stick, lol.
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Beautiful 😘
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I sure was glad to see these two!
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Cori, Dorothy & Jordan
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Logan, Jordan, Dorothy & Kenny
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The drawbridge on Stickney Road
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Hey Logan, what’s that behind you? Alligator!
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Myaka River State Park – Cori and Jordan assessing the situation.
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This guy loves the gators!
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A gator at Myaka River State Park. He crawled right out of the water after a couple of guys (not us – we follow the rules) who were taunting him.

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The pool at Calini Beach Club
The pool at Calini Beach Club
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Point of Rocks
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Logan riding on the beach
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Myaka River State Park – The view at the top overlooking the canopy (76 ft.).
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Near sunset on the private beach at Calini Beach Club on Siesta Key.
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Jordan with the granny square afghan I crocheted for her.
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Live Starfish we observed at Point of Rocks one evening near sunset.
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Logan on the paddle board. We had a blast in the ocean with that board!
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After the kids left we were lonely, but we still had the beach!
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BBQ place in downtown Sarasota.
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Dorothy modeling a new haircut and tan 😎
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Ah, the beach!
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Logan and I went parasailing. What a fun time! We went up 1,200 feet above the ocean and saw Dolphins and some other big fish or shark?!
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Up, up and away!
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Der Dutchman is an Amish restaurant with excellent fried (broasted) chicken. And their bread pudding was pretty tasty, also.
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After being dipped and re-dipped in the ocean – coming in for a stand up landing! πŸ˜³πŸ˜€ What a blast!

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5 Comments

  1. So happy for you Dorothy! It sounds like you’re having the time of your life! I love reading your blog … enjoy every minute of your time and be safe! Miss ya! πŸ™‚

    Mary πŸ™‚

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