Monday, August 8th – Englewood, FL
Untied from our friends’, Phyllis and Bill, dock on the Manatee River about 10:30. Started the day with a ride on Lucky, their small boat. We cruised around their neighborhood and actually saw a double rainbow while we were out. When we got back, we rode their new boat, Gullwing, a 43 feet Mikelson, with Bill to the boatyard. He had it hauled out for some maintenance. What a great boat…we enjoyed getting the grand tour and the ride.
We had a short travel day today, Monday, due to rain. We only traveled about 65 miles. Got tied up at the Palm Island Marina in Englewood about 2:00…after managing to stay out of the rain squalls most of the day. It became apparent our luck was going to run out…so we tucked into this marina. Had a swim in the pool, an early dinner and then a walk in the mist of rain …that is still falling.
Sunday, August 7th – Bradenton, FL (Phyllis & Bill’s home)
On Sunday, we moved from the Twin Dolphin Marina over to Phyllis and Bill’s place about noon. They are old friends we met while boating at Silver Glen Springs years ago. Good thing we were not planning to make much time traveling as it rained most of the afternoon. We enjoyed sharing stories, hearing about their trip bringing Gullwing down from New York, and sharing with them some of experiences along the Great Loop. They hope to do this trip themselves in a few years.
Saturday, August 6th – Bradenton, FL
We started the day off on Saturday with a bike ride on Clearwater’s white sandy beach. Untied from the city marina about 10 a.m. and made the decision to run out in the Gulf. Almost as soon as we got out, we were met by gobs of floating dead fish…apparently they have had an outbreak of red tide and it’s killing off bunches of fish. Phew…what a fragrance. Once again, we were in very smooth waters in the Gulf. Instead of going way, way out this time, we followed the coastline, passing St. Petersburg and the Skyway Bridge. We came into Tampa Bay between Egmont Key and Anna Maria Island.
We traveled 47 miles from Clearwater to get to the Twin Dolphins Marina in Bradenton. Twin Dolphins is one of our favorite marinas. We were tied up at their best slip…next to their pool…on a floating dock.