We had friends staying near Sarasota so decided to venture over for a visit. Most resorts are booked up but we were lucky to find an extended stay at Sarasota Sunny South where we have stayed other years. We did have to move our location three times but that afforded us good visits and a couple of beach walks. We soaked up some sun culture at Siesta Key Beach before our dinner visit with Jim at The Peppertree. It appears that many folks have great faith in sunscreen, baring all to the rays. People watching at the beach is always entertaining!
Friends Sheila and Steve took us on a bike tour and out to lunch in Venice. We observed a Bald Eagle’s nest where the two fledglings were being fed as they stretched their wings in preparation for leaving the nest. We were lucky to see two Scrub Jays, the only bird species unique to Florida. These beautiful birds rely on scrub-habitat which features 3-4 species of stunted low growing oaks scattered among sandy clearings. Because of habitat loss due to housing developments as pictured below, Scrub Jays are now a threatened species.
The bike paths run beside residential areas, through parks and along the river and are easy to follow by watching for “the sharks”. We memorized ‘the footprints’ for later identification. We did wonder how they got all the creatures to push their paws or claws into the wet cement!….. Not! We compared camping experiences over a fabulous lunch at “Mango” where I had a fabulous lobster, coconut sandwich on pineapple bread, wow! We fit in another ride before we had to return to retrieve Dixie from her daycare adventure.
Dixie was treated to two visits to the Venice dog beach where she jumped in the waves and frolicked on the sand with her new friends. Her humans enjoyed the experience too.