Friends in Florida

Feb 6-14, 2010 I learned to cruise and dock a 47' twin-engine trawler in Bradenton so returning to the area brought back a lot of good memories. This time we made many more memories with the help of new and dear friends. For that we are immensely grateful.

Pat and Bob, two treasured friends from Nova Scotia, met up with us at our campground, Holiday Cove RV Resort, in Cortez, Florida near Bradenton. We were really excited to catch up with them, and they were our first homegrown visitors in our (almost) two years on the road!

A visit with the Rutherfords is always a pleasure, no matter where, and it was like they brought a little piece of home with them. I don't mean the cold. That was here already... :/

Lloyd pounces on the opportunity to show Pat how to make absinthe, the proper way. ;)

After a run down of the news with Pat and Bob, and us, and back home, and our trips to and around Florida, we ventured out to Anna Maria Island, just across the bridge from Cortez, and dined at Rod and Reel Pier restaurant.

The wind threatened to blow us off the pier, but we made it:

Our fellow Bluenosers also had more time to spend in nearby Port Charlotte and we hoped to gather again before either of us left the area, but we had to zip to Bradenton for a bus repair and missed our chance. We hope we can make up for it in August.

Next! Our favourite Tennessee family, the Faires family. We were so happy they could spare some time to visit before they headed for Port St. Lucie, and not just because they could join us for our first ever romp in a Guitar Center.

Jay, Lloyd, Debbie, Eric, and my ancient guitar:

Yep, we hauled 'em off to Tampa to play. Here's Jay trying out an electric guitar immediately after doling out his autograph to the lady in the jean jacket--not his first autograph by the way. Jay's thirteen, but you could never tell so from his guitar playing. He inspires us immensely.

And he teaches us, a lot! :)

We strummed, we sampled, we ate, we talked and talked. We had a great time, as always, and looked forward to reconvening in Port St. Lucie in just a few days.

Our second surprise in Cortez was the arrival of Don (Debbie's brother), Tracy (daughter of the man who build the largest miniature circus in the world, which we show in another post), their daughter Lisa and Lisa's friend (oops! I forget her name). We enjoyed conversation and dinner at Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant. Then Don and Tracy showed us around town and led us to the best ice cream joint. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to a repeat.

Though we meet a lot of special and, often, interesting people it's rare that we can spend time with true friends and to share time with so many in a week filled our hearts. We adore you! Thank you for making it possible to be with you.

-P