What could be better than sipping margaritas next to your grandpa every night? How about watching the sunset over the Florida gulf at the same time? Or maybe floating in a 90 degree pool with a drink in one hand and a crab claw in the other?
The past two weeks have been about as relaxing as could be (if it weren’t for the 40 hour work weeks.) While we may not have left Siesta Key with the most captivating pictures and videos, we did leave refreshed and relaxed.
Our first week in Siesta Key we hit up a few local favorites including El Toro Bravo for some authentic Mexican food, Captain Kirks for world famous clam chowder, and Gilligans for a beer. One evening, after work, we kayaked the inlet behind our condo, exploring the mangrove trees. I have never been much of ornithologist myself, but bird watching around the mangroves was worth the trip alone. Among the fowl were pelicans, egrets, herons, and osprey.
On Friday, we headed up to Sarasota for a marine boat tour at the MOTE aquarium, where we learned all about the lives of the seafood we later consumed at the sushi bar. Saturday, we headed to Myakka State Park for Liz’s first wildlife alligator encounter. Then, drove up to Zephyrhills where we caught up with Liz’s Grandma Linda and Great Aunt Donna and were treated to some tasty Ruby Tuesday’s.
Sunday, we stopped by the Siesta Key beach, voted Americas #1 beach on Tripadvisor (I guess its better known for sand than surf – Liz and I were the only two in the water.) After toweling off, we drove up to my Uncle Bill’s house to celebrate the Superbowl ©™® the American way – eating way too much and washing it down with Miller Light.
The next week was spent doing more of the same – sunsets and beach. Later in the week, my Great Uncle Bill captained his seaworthy pontoon down to Casey Key Fish House where he entertained the patio with his docking attempts and my stomach with a mouthwatering grouper sandwich. The two weeks we spent in Siesta Key were perfect and I’m sure we’ll make it back at some point in the future!