Sunday, March 18, 2012

Key West - Day 8 - Sun, 3/18/2012

We slept in this morning and had breakfast at the hotel at 8:30 (with all of UMASS's Softball team).  Sammy actually had his photo taken with some of the team members - that Sammy - he likes the girls.   We left the hotel at 9:00 and headed north on US 41 (Tamiami Trail).  We stopped in Punta Gorda and dropped Gwen and Patsy off at the Fisherman's Village (Waterfront Mall) while David and  I visited Muscle Car City.  There were 220 GM muscle cars (Chevy, Olds, Pontiac) and other custom rods (you don't have to look at all the pics).  David was sad when he saw a 67 Chevelle like he used to own.  David and I also met Rick Treworgy, the owner.  Afterwards, we picked up Gwen and Patsy around noon - not much shopping done since the stores do not open until noon on Sundays.




We headed north again and stopped in Venice to have lunch at Sharky's on the pier.  The food was great and the area beautiful. The beach at Venice is known to have sand with a large number of shark teeth so you could see people out panning the sand for the teeth.

After lunch we headed to Siesta Key - so did most of Florida and the US.  The Public Beach lot was full, but we pulled in any way.  There were so many cars waiting on others to leave and give up their spot.  We gave up and left.  We shopped downtown Siesta for an hour and then headed back toward the beach.  We found a back way and paid someone $15 to let us park in his yard.  We walked the beach - picked up shells  and made a sand castle.  You cannot believe the sand at Siesta - it is so fine and is made of  90% quartz.  The sand does not get hot and is cool to walk on.  Pretty coo.l.

 We left Siesta and drove to Bradenton for the night - just south of Tampa.  We plan to leave early in the morning and make our way north towards Tennessee.

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