FL – Wrapping Up Sarasota / Myakka

   Just a few cool shots to wrap up our stay in Sarasota.  Next post will be from on the road…Naples, Miami, Everglades, Key West, etc! Built-in beach chairs Myakka River Sunrise on the beach Hawk sighting by the bird pier  Bill-ornery volunteer friend…lol Steve, the barber The girls at Volunteer Vilageat Myakka Sasha “Big Joe” This was so gorgeous in person!!! Blast of Spanish mossLOVE that stuff Not flamingos…roseate spoonbills visitthe area in winter months…they are reallybeautiful Aaaawww, so cute Love our rainbow fires Full moon…the morning after

FL – Sunset Drum Circle at Nokomis Beach

      I love drum circles!!!!  Who knew we’d find one on the beach?  As it turns out, each Wednesday and Saturday, a group brings their instruments to the beach for anyone and everyone to enjoy the beautiful energy that only drums can offer!  Carl and I had spent a few hours playing on the beach on a gorgeous Wednesday.  About 4:30, a young man arrived and ‘carved’ a huge circle in the sand then created a mound in the center.       People from all over the beach began to congregate and line their chairs up alongRead More

FL – Driftwood Extraordinaire

   Carl and I ventured out to Blind Pass of Manasota Beach one day just to walk along the shore and enjoy the calm waters of the Gulf.  As we walked, we noticed an enormous clump of what seemed like a fallen tree in the distance.  The closer we got, the more amazed we were at what we were beginning to see.  This giant piece of driftwood positioned on the beautiful white sands was becoming a vision of art!  I was so excited about what the passersby had done to this uncommon canvas to bring it to life!  Shells, paint,Read More

FL – Tarpon Springs – Sponge Capital of the World

   Fun!  Fun!  Fun!  We went on a sponge diving boat ride in Tarpon Springs, FL.  I felt like a kid!  The diver was very cool and all his equipment was explained.  I wanted to jump overboard and search for sponges myself!!!!    I learned so much about sponges.  There are 5 main types harvested commercially in Florida… sheeps wool, yellow and grass are the most marketable because they are softer and absorb better. Finger and glove sponges are used for ornamental purposes.  There’s one that is shaped like a vase. We were told that you can put a plantRead More