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Boating and Tubing on the Intercoastal

Sometimes there just aren’t enough words to be able to fully express the love and gratitude that one has for beautiful friends…

As I am currently unable to do much of anything, Kelly and Brian decided that they were not going to let this situation get everyone down.  Today, they packed up all the kids and took them out for a boat ride and lunch at Rotten Ralph’s .  They said that the weather was beautiful, the morning water was calm, and they even saw dolphins.  The boys had a wonderful time tubing and driving the boat.  We heard that Davy made the 25 mile an hour club and rode on the tube 5 or 6 times.  Love my brave boy. 

Thanks again Brian and Kelly… 🙂

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Riding the LGI-Hideaway Bay Ferry

This ferry is what we took to get on and off Little Gasparilla Island.  There are no cars on the island, however there are golf carts everywhere and a ton of wagons.  We took 2 day trips off of the island and both times the kids were thrilled to get on the boat.  The ferry runs every three hours during the week and every two hours on the weekends.  While on the boat the kids looked for fish, crabs, birds, watched the dolphins chase the boat waves, and the captain even let Davy honk the horn.

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Little Gasparilla Island

If you have never heard of Little Gasparilla Island, then there is a reason for that…the residents keep it a secret.  As summer vacation is coming to a close, Kelly and I decided that it would be fun to take the kids to the beach for a week for one last getaway before school starts.  It was through a recommendation of a friend that we ended up here at Hideaway Bay.

 The island is in Charlotte County and located just north of Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande.  The only way to get to the island is by ferry which runs only a few times a day, something that we weren’t really aware of when we arrived.  

We got up in the morning, loaded the cars, and drove on down.  The drive only took two hours so the trip wasn’t to long and it wasn’t to short.  When we got to Placida Kelly had to pick up the rental key and we thought it best to buy groceries sooner rather than later.  When we got to the unloading area, we were surprised to discover that the ferry was due to pick up at 2pm (8 minutes away) and then again at 5pm.  Not wanting to miss the ferry we went into overdrive to get the cars unloaded and parked across the street.  When the ferry arrived a few of the people who got off helped us get on.

Now there are no cars on the island, just golf carts and wagons so I am sure that you can picture how much stuff is needed for 2 adults and 6 kids for one week, including the groceries…  We were lucky that a man aboard the ferry offered to help us get our things to the condo with his golf cart.

Whewww…..  I’d like to think that all of this occurred because of perfect execution…but really it was just luck.

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