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Travel Blogs from Sarasota
... restaurant for lunch and for yet another trip to Bealls. The substitute game Friday was Pirates Twins under cool overcast, so not exactly what I envisioned when I ordered the tickets. Live and learn, best to go day of and buy bleacher seats. Next year we will be wiser.
Back at the Bali Hai, we met Dick's in laws Linda and Mike from the sunset parties at the Tiki Bar and enjoyed many sunset chats with them last ...
... pristine lakes, and nature preserves
Today I am here while Paul is playing Boca. We visited a few days ago and had a look around the pro shop. It certainly is "upscale."
Paul is back and played with people from Ottawa, Stratford and Connecticut, many of them "snow birds." They were telling him how Englewood is still a great place to buy (if anyone is looking.)
It prompted us to have a look at some real ...
... and the Intracoastal
The entrance sign says it is
certified as a "Blue Wave" beach by the Clean Beaches Council. Not sure exactly what this means but it was a different beach than many of the others in that it was more natural and certainly more rugged.
Heavy surf, lots of sandpipers and ring necked gulls. We plan to stop again and maybe try to find a shark tooth or two.
... halfway to Naples, to meet the other half of our yearly "golf friends" trip. Parisis (Pennsylvania) and us (native and future North Carolina) met Schmidts (Michigan) and Merritts (South Carolina) for cocktails and dinner. Had a great time, beautiful day. We re-fight the War of Northern Aggression every year at a different location - the girls all enjoy each others' company, and the guys love to golf together. It is a highlight of the year!
... we would make dinner for the three of us on Christmas Eve to celebrate. We wanted to do something somewhat traditional so we had ham with redeye gravy, cheesy potatoes, stuffed portabelo mushrooms, ham & pickle dip and shrimp cocktail. I had only baked a couple hams in my life so I was a bit worried how it would turn out. I prepared a simple basting sauce of Dr. Pepper, yellow mustard, horseradish, brown sugar and orange juice, stuck the ham in the oven ...