|Snow outside a Cracker Barrel in North Carolina.|
We enjoyed a quick lunch outside of Jacksonville, Florida with my dad's cousin, Helen, and two of her sons, Bill and Tom. We also enjoyed the homemade cookies Tom baked and brought.
|Dave and Cheryl, Shirley, Tom, Bill and Helen Poje|
Ahhhhhhh. 6:24 sunset (before 5:30 at home), aqua water, 64 degrees.
We headed off for Rotten Ralph's, a funky joint on a marina with great clam chowder, where the beer if always free (tomorrow).
Alas, it was gone. Gonzo! : (
|Dave and Mom in the glow of a sunset at Leffis Key.|
... and a walk at Robinson's Preserve in Bradenton. (It was built in 2008, with bike and walking paths, a viewing tower, boardwalks through mangroves, kayak and canoe launches. It's a great addition to the area.
|Mom enjoying the view from below.|
Dave enjoyed a few rounds of golf, and Mom and I enjoyed a few rounds of shopping. We also went to Historic Spanish Point (more about that later). And, of course, another sunset at Anna Maria, followed by dinner at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, which, oddly enough, has 3 locations, none of them on Anna Maria. It has a bit of Rotten Ralph's vibe... paper towels on hangers for napkins, and a sign on the wall:
"No Mothers In Law.
No Trouble Makers.
No Loose Women.
Fortunately, then let my mother in, anyway!
|A fun detail on the viewing tower.|
|Shirley, Dave, Cheryl, Jim and Jo Heck|
It was a great trip, AND I'm happy to home.