Thursday, January 12, 2012

Staying Alive in Sarasota

[caption id="attachment_2095" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Breakfast of Champions… Homemade Oatmeal!
@ Sun’n'Fun[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2097" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My lil’ begger, but she’s a good girl![/caption]

After we had a nice relaxing morning of breakfast, coffee, showers and laundry…~> DETOUR: oh, and we met a super cool couple across the way. They were in their mid 60′s maybe 70′s, I can’t remember now. Jim started to talking to J’ as he was coming back from a tennis match & we were packing up. After about 15 minutes of talking, Jim invited us to come and talk in the “cabin” of their RV. They had a pretty C’ class, with a nifty layout. His wife Denita came in right behind us. We probably talked over an hour about different campgrounds, RV’s and places around the U.S. to travel. It was really nice of them to invite us into their ‘home’. We’ll never forget Jim saying that he sings with a quartet and that they sing Baptist Hymns…but they supe ‘em up a bit!
After saying our good-byes we headed out and turned right onto the highway. While accelerating, we both heard a big sound, like a scream almost and J’ pulled off to the side and said, “That sounded like our belt!” Good thing my hubby is quite the man and unfortunately it was our belt. We tried to back down the exit ramp (for about 10 minutes at turtle speed because the Advance Auto Parts was exactly where we got on the ramp), and there was no way in hell that was going to work with the cars hopping on the Interstate at 65 mph. So, we bit down and prayed real hard that we could make it the mile and a half that we had to go (we had to go to the next exit, get off, get back on the highway and end up where we started). With J’ driving only about 35-40 mph we made it to the car place. And once again I am a lucky girl to have a handy hubby that knows how to change it. He did it himself and it was a bitch. He said I couldn’t really him so, I kept him hydrated!

[caption id="attachment_2098" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our belt! I’m glad we were where we were and J’ knows what he’s doing.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2099" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Joon Van looks all tore up due to J’ having to get his tools out of the back. (It normally doesn’t look like this!)[/caption]

The belt took about two hours to change out and then we were back on the road. We ventured over to Turtle Beach today. It was very different from Siesta Key, very low key, not a lot of people and not a lot of sand space. We walked the beach, there were tons of shells there. I found a huge Abalone, it was beautiful. I wanted to keep it but knew that it would probably only get broken in the van so I put it back in the sand, maybe an animal can make a home from it. We walked until right up to Sunset, another beautiful one at that.

[caption id="attachment_2100" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Turtle Beach[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2101" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Self-po[/caption]

When you travel as a couple sometimes you have to find a good place to put your camera to take a self-po! With better lighting by the sun, this wouldn't have been that bad of a pic! Oh well, next time.

46- Waking up in Sun'n'Fun by Ayevangabond

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