May 25th, 2009

stingrays and dolphins and manatees oh my!

Yesterday went our with Gene and 5 other of my friends---3 were newbies....
We paddled (approx 5 minles) from turtle beach & in Sarasota Bay--around the Jim Neville preserve and to Midnite pass..--we saw two Manatees in the bay!!  WOOHOO... I have never seen them when I was kayaking before...very cool---everyone loved the trip and the weather was superb...

Last night I had my friends Ursula, Gene, Brian and Jen (and dad) over for a BBQ...we did Salmon on the grill---I had spinach dip with fresh baguette...cheese and crackers...green salad and potato salad...everyone brought their own chunk of salmon....we also had apple pie!
We played apples to apples and a bit of trivial pursuits....very good time!

Today Gene and his pal John and I paddled 7.5 miles on the Manatee river and saw two dolphins! Miles from the BAY! They come east up the river for the fresh water fishing....we followed one for about 15 minutes...wow so great!