|A little sidewalk art at Sharkey's in Venice, FL|
Our first stop was at Venice Beach. It's always good to see familiar faces but seeing these two again was just the best (as always)! Although our visit was short, just overnight, we packed in plenty- the best shrimp tacos I've ever had, walks on the beach, fishing, buying fishing gear (weird I know), being gifted fishing gear by our hosts (I saw this one coming Mike!), visiting Sharkey's and the jetty and catching up on 7 months worth of life. In one word: Priceless.
As is usual with anything, the highlight was something totally unplanned and pretty random. While out taking in the sights, we happened upon a practice session of the Gulf Coast Banjo Society...random right? We were so entertained watching the members playing and taking turns singing various World War II era (some highly un- PC) songs that we just had to grab a seat, get a pitcher of beer (I don't care what you say, 11am is not too early for beer) and be transported back to the sound of the roaring 40s. It was fantastic, a sight and sound I won't soon forget.
|The average age of the group had to be hovering around 85|
|Don't tell me you'd miss the chance to smell manatee breath|
|That's odd...it smells like patchouli oil.|
Maybe there's something I don't know about manatees...
Of course we also had to go to Ybor as Ron hasn't been to the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. Favorites of the day; Elephant foot and Reef Donkey. Sounds delish, no? I stuck with my usual blonde ale (one of my favorites).
|Cigar shop where the rollers roll old school|
Now that we're back on the boat we're anxiously awaiting our severely overdue reunion with Jim and Chris on Radio Waves, whom we haven't seen
for eons since Maryland, and working on some projects to make living in warmer weather more comfortable