April 14th is the twins 4th birthday so we had to start the day with the Gleeson birthday 🎂 song. Official birthday celebration 🎉 will take place once we get back to Franklin. The Doneski’s first full day and of course we had to start with the Mote Aquarium which is really a wonderful place. We had a wonderful brunch at SYC and afterwards Cillian and Liam played under the shade area quite happily. Late afternoon we went down to the South Park where lots of Boats 🚣♀️ and jet shi’s were on the 🏝 with families enjoying the wonderful weather and a variety of music playing. Lots of fun.
April 15th and today we celebrate Chris 🎁- lots happening in April. Aideen and Chris went kayaking and Nana and Nandad took Cillian and Liam over to the Bird Key Park where they could scoop up the sand with their buckets and ♠️ Rivers and holes were built and somehow continued to fill back up again with water from the bay. We went for a short boat ride and were able to see the dolphin from a distance. A great hamburger dinner and a wonderful 🌅 stroll along North Lido Park where we saw and listened to a pair of bald 🦅. What a treat.
April 16th - no birthday to celebrate today. Nana accompanied The Doneski’s to the Myakka River State Park where we took a pontoon ride and saw the most amazing 🐊. Here you can hike a 39 mile hiking 🥾 loop, several miles of bike trails, 🎣, kayaking, tram rides, 🐦 viewing, 🐎 Trails and ⛺️. Certainly if you want to spend the day or night away from the craziness of life this is the place to come. The Pink Gator Cafe really did have the best grilled 🧀 much enjoyed by Cillian. The canopy walk with the 74 foot tower and swing bridge was quite the treat. Late afternoon Nana, Nandad, Cillian and Liam spent some time on Lido Beach once again building and destroying sand castles, making sand 👼 and simply kavorting on the tide and gentle 🌊.
April 17th Nana and Nandad spent the day preparing IE for our departure and closure of our 4th season , while the Doneski’s went to visit The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Santuary. Lots of laundry 🧺, vacuum packing clothes, filling with diesel, pumping out, filling water tanks, folding and storing bicycles 🚲, cleaning 🧹 out any food closets, defrosting and emptying the refrigerator, and removing any items that might likely explode!! Covering the dingy is always a challenge but at least it got us to take a dingy ride which is always fun. A great dinner on the Circle ⭕️ at VENEZIA outdoor dining followed by scrumptious 🍦 at Kilwins. One last 🌞 at Lido Beach before heading back to IE.
April 18th will find Nana and Nandad heading to the airport leaving IE behind and hoping to resume our adventures once again in the fall. We have had a wonderful time and feel that SYC is a very good home for IE and also Sarasota now feels like our winter home. We look forward to returning and reconnecting with our new friends and continuing to explore the Florida coast. Maybe next year we will actually cruise to Naples and Tarpon Springs. We are blessed to be returning to family and friends and are excited to spend time in Newport RI Sailing onboard Lambay.
For those of you who do not know Ireland’s Eye 👁 and Lambay are islands off the coast of Howth Co Dublin Ireland.