29 April 2017 | Banyan Tree Archway, Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
Saturday, April 29
We had breakfast aboard the boat and then headed for Cappy's around the corner from the Marina Office to rent a golf cart. The girls donned swimwear and the guys chauffeured them to the beach using the great golf cart paths available the entire north/south transverse of the Island. The Gulls spent some time gathering seashells and Sara took a quick dip in the Gulf. She had a tough time getting back on solid ground because a deep area had formed where the waves broke. By jumping up each time a big wave approached she finally was washed ashore it wasn't a pretty sight.
After returning to the Marina for a shower we headed to town for lunch ending up at a restaurant at the Boca Grande Marina. Some years ago, Sara and Roger had stayed in the Marina on PDQ 36 bareboat charter along with Joyce and Louis. Because it was one of the few good restaurants on the Island, we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. Not to worry...Gerry and Roger visited the bar and brought bloody mary's and other refreshing drinks. We chatted up a group waiting along with us and found out they were from Plant City. Tommy Brock said as a member of the strawberry grower's association he had travelled to Tallahassee to solicit Carl Carpenter's help when he was in the legislature to get subsidies from the state so they would be eligible for federal research monies. Carl came through for them!
Worth the wait, our lunch at the cool dockside table included truffle French fries, shrimp, oysters, and grouper sandwiches. We then headed into town on the golf cart. The girls shopped at a small shopping center. The guys picked up some vodka.
Roger requested a visit to an art gallery that featured well-known artists from all over the nation...he found the art to be excellent and the prices reflected the quality of the pieces. During our tour of the town, we saw four beautiful early churches ---Baptist, Methodist, Catholic and Episcopal. Jean wanted to see inside the Episcopal Church and was delighted to find exquisite needlepoint kneelers depicting birds, shells, flowers and trees of the Island.
The homes and landscaping along the entire route were enchanting. The blue palms intrigue us, and these were some of the largest we've seen. We stopped to look down Banyan Street with its overarching banyan trees. (SBS)