Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday at Royal Coachman in Venice!

Heading towards the Legacy Trail Bike Bridge!

This bridge is only used by bikers and walkers on the Legacy Trail

It was a full day yestereday and I was too tired last night to do a post.  Imagine that!  So, here is a report on our fun Sunday!

Royal Coachman Campground has 4 canoes, paddles, and life vests that you are able to sign out for free and enjoy paddling around some canals.  So, 1st thing yesterday, we headed out for a canoe ride.  You have to go when the tide is in or you walk in "muck" for quite awhile.  You leave right from the campground and go along Dona Bay.  It was so quiet and beautiful.

Leaving the Campground

You can see the campground from the Bay

After canoeing, we played some shuffleboard of which I was the winner.  Yes!!  Not a good start to Ken's day.  The courts here are well maintained and fast!

We ate a late cooked breakfast in Willie and then headed to Nokomis Beach.  Our warmest day yet since we arrived in Florida.  The weatherman had said at the beginning of February, that we may not see rain all month.  We just said to each other, "sure".  But, he was positively right! 

We left the beach at 3:15 and got on our bikes to ride down Casey Key Road, a must ride when you are in the Venice/Nokomis area.  It is breathtaking!  We rode 4 miles to the Casey Key Fish House where Ken got to enjoy another great grouper meal - this time a salad with grouper.  It is a wonderful setting on the water plus good food at very reasonable prices.  They have 175 feet of dock for boats that stop in to eat!  The tiki hut bar area gets jammed with patrons.  It is a crazy place.  If you do not get there before 5:00, you have to wait quite awhile to get a table. 


We got back on our bikes and rode the 4 miles back to Nokomis Beach to look for sharks teeth, of which we found several, and then got to watch the beautiful sunset. 

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