Sunday January 13, 2019
Sunday’s plan was for Linda’s sister and husband to pick us up, take us to lunch then drive around the area looking at different winter housing options. We would return to our hotel, then driver over to their place to eat dinner with them at their condo and finally watch the sunset over the ocean.
For lunch, we went to Theresa’s, a restaurant in Bradenton north of Sarasota along near US-41.
Theresa’s small and messy parking lot made the restaurant look like a dump prompting the women to balk at eating there. Since the restaurant was rated highly, we guys argued successfully that we should go inside anyway and if it sucked we would leave. Thankfully, the inside was clean, full of light and the staff friendly.
In addition to inside dining, Theresa’s also has outside dining. Since the outside temperatures were in the sixties, we opted to stay inside where it would be warmer.
I ordered a Reuben Sandwich with turkey instead of corned beef with a side salad.
After lunch, we drove around the area looking at different housing options. We even attended an open house in a subdivision. We liked the floor plan. The house was priced and built similarly to houses that can be found in Texas.
We were dropped at our hotel. In the parking lot, where we parked our rental car, were two cars just like ours. Creepy. Only one of the two Kia Souls would be our car. But which one? The Soul seems like such a popular car model in Florida.
After freshening up, we used our key fob to remotely unlock our car. Car identification problem solved. We drove over to Linda’s sister’s rented condo. In the afternoon, Linda’s sister and husband walked us around the condo complex. The condo association has docks.
The entire Longboat Key area is blessed with wildlife. This egret appeared completely unafraid of our close presence. It didn’t approach us and we didn’t approach it. However, we were 10 feet away from it. Normally, Egrets will flee when humans are this close.
For dinner, we had salmon. After dinner, the four of us walked across the street to an ocean side beach to watch the sunset. We were too late.
Instead of a sunset, we caught sundown, the onset of twilight. The Gulf waters were calm, the breeze gentle. Peace reigned.
Or at least things felt that way.
Hope to see you on the road ahead!