Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sarasota to Venice (Crows Nest)

3/31/12. We left Sarasota about 9:00 am.....wanted to get ahead of the Saturday boaters. After traveling about 20 miles through four bridges, two of which had to be opened for us because they had low vertical clearance,we arrived in Venice. The Crows Nest is a very small marina in a great location. There is a pass to the Gulf, but across from the marina is a tiny island where people anchor or beach their boats for the day. We went to dinner at Ophelia's with Annie and had lots of fun catching up.

On Sunday, 4/1,we bicycled 2 miles to attend Palm Sunday services at the cathedral and then had breakfast at a quaint downtown restaurant, The Upper Crust. There was a car show in the park so we looked at some great old vehicles and listened to 60's music. Early afternoon, we dropped the dingy, loaded Duke and the sunscreen, and headed for the island. Duke does not like water and no coaxing worked, but he had a ball running around the island. A few manatees swam by while we were on the beach. Love it here.
The pix below are as follows:
1.  Ship going under the skyway bridge on Tampa Bay
2.  The Grande Luxe--traveling art show boat in Sarasota (225 feet long)
3.  Annie
4.  Car show in Venice
5.  Sarasota harbor
6.  Island across from the Crows Nest Marina

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