Leaving Tampa Bay, passing under the Sunshine Bridge
After Sarasota, we landed in Venice after a short but very blustery day. With little anchoring options in Venice, we chose to tie up at a marina. While expensive, the early stop did allow us the afternoon to walk to the beach where we heard some fun live music there. On the way back, we impressed ourselves with our self restraint to pass up all 14 options for ice cream along the main street in Venice...except for the first one. Nothing like finishing off a perfect day on the beach with some pizza and a malt!
Tied up in Venice in the early morning light, next to Hatchett Creek Bridge
Still looking for refuge from the strong south winds, we finally moved to the north side of Sanibel Island, where the Ding Darling Refuge is located. Here we found the wind protection, but were still rocking and rolling with wakes from the ICW, but thankfully, that calmed at night. While here, we took the dinghy and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the mangroves in the refuge. We saw lots of great wildlife including our first manatee of the trip.
Not a manatee, but an equally unusual sighting