Anna Maria, FL
We had a wonderful time today. We decided to drive to the small town of Anna Maria, Florida. We wanted to see my Aunt Karen and her husband John. We were to meet them at the Sandbar Restaurant at noon. We actually arrived in town around 10:00. We did that on purpose so we would have a little bit of time to look around.
After we scouted out the location of the restaurant we went back to the main street. We stopped in at Ginny’s & Jane E’s Bakery, Cafe & Gift Store. We went in for our obligatory cup of coffee. It was by far one of the most eclectic coffee shops I have been in ever. It was sort of a coffee shop plopped in an antique store. There was *********e inch of unoccupied space in the entire shop.
Since we were actually in Florida on one of our R&R trips we just had to buy a painting we saw that said, “Rest & Relaxation the Soul.” It seemed so appropriate.
After our coffee and walking through the cafe, we went into a few other local gift shops.
When we were finished shopping, we went back to the Sandbar Restaurant parking lot. Since the restaurant was not yet open we walked around the restaurant and out onto the beach. Our route took us between the restaurant and an event area. They were obviously setting up for a wedding. Leslie and I thought it would be a beautiful place to get married.
Tyler and Hillary spent time wading in the Gulf of Mexico, searching for seashells. They said the water was really very warm in comparison to the rather gray, cool day.
Close to noon we met Karen and John in the restaurant. We had a wonderful lunch. I had blackened grouper soft-shell tacos. They were wonderful! It was very nice to enjoy a Bloody Mary, a great lunch, and spend time catching up.
In the Gulf was a dredge. John told us they had been dredging for quite some time. They were pumping the sand to beaches to replace them after some erosion.
Looking out the window during our lunch we noticed people setting up for another wedding. We also saw some of the wedding party arriving for photographs. That prompted us to tell Karen of the other wedding we had seen being set up on the other side of the restaurant. She said it is such a beautiful island that they are constantly having weddings on the beach.
After lunch we hopped back into our rental van and headed back to Kissimmee. The traffic was a little heavy, but we got back in about two hours.