Monday, Sept 13th when we were still in Longboat Key
Today was a "no boat projects day" and we took the free trolley up to the end of Anna Maria Island and walked out to the end of the old pier where the steamboats used to dock after bringing supplies from the mainland. After receiving a personal recommendation from the trolley tour guide, we chose Ginny and Jane E's for lunch. Great choice! Funky and eclectic, this transformed IGA store greets you with local crafts, antiques and whatever. Interspersed are a variety of mismatched tables/desks that customers use while enjoying an entree or ice cream from the deli. An old bike hung from the ceiling with colored glass plates and cups intertwined through the spokes. In another corner was a mother of pearl colored mannequin that was "bejeweled" to look like Elvis. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Next stop was Manatee Beach for a cold one and a walk in the waves. As long as were out, we stopped at CVS to refill a prescription, Ace Hardware for a cutting board to use as a mounting plate for the depth sounder and Publix for groceries.
The dinghy ride back to our anchorage was highlighted by dolphins leaping out of the water right near us. Fun, carefree day!