From the bloggers at On the Road of Retirement.
We have a Catbird that greeted us in the morning by pecking at our dining room window to let us know we needed to get out and do something. So since the weather was predicted to be fabulous on our first day at Manatee Lake State Park we decided to spend some time at the beach. We chose a loop route that would take us to Sarasota and over to Lido Key then north to Anna Marie Island. This would allow us to stop and check out a few things along the way. The plan was to end up at the Rod and Reel Pier Bar at Anna Marie Island for happy hour.
Our first stop was at the Sarasota Bay Front Park where we parked the car and walked along the hike/bike trail that took us by a large statue which looks nearly identical to one in San Diego of a young sailor kissing his girl after returning home from sea. Since we were near a dock we checked out all the boats from the dingys to the million dollar (or more) yachts.
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