Joan and Ian Downs arrived from Ayr, Scotland on Thursday, April 28th. They vacationed for a few days with Kevin and Debbie at their Florida home on Tidy Island. (http://www.tidyisland.org/) Thursday night they had a good old American dinner of steak with a Florida sidekick of fresh stone crabs. Stone crab seasons ends May 15th in Florida. Captain Kevin will be happy when the pots are out of the water, but the fresh crabs will be greatly missed.
Friday the crew did some sight seeing at the Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota. (http://www.selby.org/) It was a splendid day to be outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Saturday morning was used provisioning and readying Island Hopper for the journey. Saturday evening was spent with good friends from Tidy Island, Kurt and Pam Graetzer. Kurt and Pam brought Kevin a gift from Guatemala that you will see in a future post or posts on the blog. Ian and Joan enjoyed meeting them and hearing about the Graetzer's most recent travel to Guatemala, during dinner at the Lazy Lobster restaurant on Longboat Key.
Sunday morning the crew woke up early with excitement to leave port. Island Hopper departed Longboat Key Moorings at 9:30 AM. The seas were 2 -3 feet and the wind 15-20 out of the east with diminishing winds. Island Hopper arrived at Tween Waters Inn at 3:30 PM traveling 70 miles. Twin Waters Inn (http://www.tween-waters.com/) Besides the inns great beach to bay location, it has historic value. In the 1930s, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and conservationist "Ding" Darling, namesake of Sanibel's refuge, stayed in its historic cottages. The crew had a fabulous dinner at The Old Captiva House restaurant on the property.