After leaving the Shark River we headed north to Naples where we had a delightful visit with the Capn's Uncle Bill and Aunt Jane and then on to Sanibel Island. The beaches there truly are made of shells, and I filled my pockets!
On Sunday afternoon we said goodbye to good friends and shipmates Peter and Debbie, and just after sunrise on Monday we were off the Venice, FL. What a gorgeous day on the Gulf: sunshine & calm seas. A few minutes after tying up the Venice Yacht Club we were greeted by our hosts Bill and Judy, just back from making a Project Cure delivery in Tampa. Project C.U.R.E. Delivers donated medical supplies and equipment to medical professionals and patients under their care in more than 125 developing countries.
Incredibly, after a long day of driving and coordinating, Judy took me for a much needed trip to the grocery store, and then we all enjoyed dinner together.
Our original plan had been to stay at least two nights in Venice, but a cold front threatened and off we went at sunrise Wednesday. After another fabulous Gulf day, we arrived at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, our "home" for a month.
Our slip is walking distance from shops, restaurants, museums, and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club where we enjoyed lunch with fellow CCA members on Thursday. It feels good to be settled in for a bit - with much to look forward to: time with friends and family; taking the trolley to the beach; the Saturday Morning Farmer's Market; weekend cruises; and the Zac Brown Band in concert.