Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Myakka River State Park/ Sarasota Florida

Monday January 20, We weren't in a big hurry to take off so we left around 11am. It was a beautiful day to travel, we knew the route, and it was a short trip. There was a little construction on I-75 but it didn't really cause any delays. The park seemed a little busy but then we remembered it was a holiday...Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We drive right to our spot and backed her in. One thing I really like about this park is all the live oak trees that are dripping with Spanish moss.... Love them ! Our site number is 79, it's big, spacious, and private, so nice. It's also a full hookup so I got busy catching up on the laundry. Then we took a walk around our campground loop. Our site is in the newer section, Palemetto Ridge. Both of us are excited about the next 2 weeks.

Tuesday January 21, we decided to do some running today. Jeff had found a Hobie dealer and West Marine and he needed to visit both. He had a list of things he needed to get for the kayaks. He's still trying to get everything put back on like before. When Jeff walked into that Hobie store his face lit up like a kid in a candy store. I said its a quilt store for men. Jeff found almost everything he needed. This store also has lots of fishing supplies as well. I got a pair of hot pink fish grippers, so that was cool. Next we checked out a park Jeff found not to far from the Hobie store were you can launch your boats . It's called Phillippi Estate Park. We both thought it looked like a great place to try. We went to lunch at Five Guys....yummy burgers and fries. We both enjoy a yummy burger and fries occasionally. Next to West Marine to finish out his list. We saved the best for last....Walmart. I don't know about Jeff but I was ready to be done shopping. While we were in there I hear a sudden downpour of rain.... Oh no! All my clothes are hanging outside. I think they're going to be out there awhile now to get dry. By the time we got out to the truck the sun was shining again.

Wednesday January 22, Kinda cool this morning. Jeff left early to return some of his purchases yesterday. I stayed back. I went for a walk to look for alligators and it was successful. It's not to difficult to find them. Jeff spent a lot of the day working on the kayaks. He's trying to set up his boat a little more efficient this time, so he wants to make sure before he starts drilling holes. Later on in the afternoon we got on the bikes and rode to the other side of the park.  Mine wouldn't come on. We have electric assist bikes. Jeff took a closer look and my lock (what holds the battery in) is gone. We looked in the bike cover to see if it was in there but couldn't find it. I think we lost it. The good news is my bike did come on, think there was probably some moisture in there. Note to self when you pull into a campground don't leave the cover on your bikes, give them some air.

Thursday January 23, it's a chilly morning so Jeff made us a campfire. It's been a long time since we've enjoyed one of those. It always make you feel so campy . We both took walks, trying to get back into some kind of exercise routine. Jeff still trying to figure out our kayaks, I finished up  sewing the rows together on this quilt I've started. I got all the rows together and the seams pressed. The rest of the day just kinda stayed busy doing nothing.

Friday January 24, Today we left early to do more running. Jeff got an email saying Best Buy would buy back your old phones and also recycle your old computers. Well they did recycle the computer but wouldn't take our phones. The good news Best Buy had a Michaels and a Petco next to it. So I went and looked in there. The dogs got some sheep ears....they love them. When we got back our weiner dog Soffe was acting stranger then usual. She's having issues with her anal glands. It makes me very worried because we are down here and don't really know what to do or where to go. I stayed up with her, sleeping in the recliner. It was a long night.

Saturday January 25, Both of us didn't get much sleep last night so we were slow getting started this morning. It's another good morning for a campfire so that's what we had. Didn't really want to leave Soffee alone so we pretty much hung around here most of the day. We did manage to get a walk in though.

Sunday January 26, Our dog feels a little better so we decided to head out to church. Last year when we were at Lake Manatee we visited a church there called Bayside Community Church. We both loved it. Well they have a satellite church here in Sarasota so we thought we'd give it a try. Even though the preaching was via satellite, still very powerful. We both left feeling blessed. We came home and fixed brunch. The weather man was definitely wrong today. It was cloudy all day long, not what they predicted. We watched a movie and stayed in. My night ended on a happy note....a wedding. For all you Bachelor fans I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Who doesn't like a wedding?

Monday January 27, Finally a really nice day. Warm enough to get out on the water. The wind wasn't a issue either. We packed up all our kayak gear and headed to Phillipi Estate Park. This was the park we checked out earlier. I brought Soffee with me, didn't want to leave her home that long. We got the boats in the water and headed out to do some exploring. It was a really nice area. Jeff tried fishing but not much luck there. Soffee loved coming along. We stayed out for a few hours. We saw some clouds moving in so we headed back. When we got back to the campground we picked up our mail that we had forwarded. A nice surprise in the mail, my sister and brother inlaw sent us a Christmas card with a gift card from Red Lobster....Jeff's favorite. We closed out this day with a walk with the dogs."