Busy Days in Cortez

Cortez, Fl

The weather here in Cortez (just west of Bradenton) has finally become more Florida-like, with sunshine and warm temperatures.  Each morning we try to fit in a walk across the bridge to Anna Maria Island, up the beach a bit, then back for three and half miles.  One morning last week there was a bit of wind out of the west, creating a few waves.  We spied one lone sole taking advantage of the waves to get in a bit of surfing.  It looked like way too much work as the waves were small and his “ride” only lasted about a half minute.  It looks a bit different from what we saw last winter in Huntington Beach, CA!

On the bay side of our walk, people were taking advantage of the calmer waters for a bit of surf paddling.

Last Saturday we took a ride up to the Tampa Airport to watch the planes land and take off.  As we drove by the terminal who did we see but our daughter, Jessica!  What a coincidence . . .

She spotted us before we could get away so we stopped and invited her to come back to Cortez with us for a couple of days.  Since she had no other plans, she quickly agreed.  Soon mother and daughter were enjoying some quality time at the beach.

We later enjoyed a good meal at the Swordfish Grille, a nice restaurant along Sarasota Bay within walking distance of our park.

If you have followed this blog much, you know that Jessica has gone through a physical transformation during the past two years, losing a considerable amount of weight and becoming an exercise “fanatic” (well, maybe not a fanatic, but she works out often).  Before she came to Florida she checked out the local yoga classes and found she could participate in “yoga on the beach” early on Monday morning.  So just after dawn she and her mother jumped on the bicycles and headed to Manatee Beach, about four miles from our park.  Pam walked and took pictures as Jessica bent, twisted, reached, and stretched while enjoying a great view of the Gulf of Mexico.



Who knows ? ? ?

Jessica’s real passion now is running.  While in Cortez she mapped out a ten mile run that circles the Palma Sola Bay.  Her road crew waited for her at the five mile mark so she could replenish her water bottles.

Then she was off again for the second half of the run.

We sat on the bridge leading out to Holmes Beach as she passed us by.

Then she posed for a quick picture as she entered Anna Maria Island.  We missed the best photo op when she tripped and ran into the sign.  A request for a re-enactment was refused.

On Tuesday afternoon we returned Jessica to the Tampa Airport so she could return to the frozen tundra of Pennsylvania.  On the way back to Cortez, we stopped for a visit with John’s sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Bob, who have a beautiful condo in South Pasadena near St. Pete’s Beach.  After a brief visit, the four of us headed east to St. Petersburg looking for a nice restaurant for dinner.  We parked by the Museum of Fine Arts and cut through North Straub Park to Beach Drive.  After checking out a few of the many great restaurants in the area, we settled on 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House.

North Straub Park in St. Petersburg

John, Bob, and Patty

After a great meal and conversation we returned to the condo, jumped back in the Jeep, and headed back across Tampa Bay to Cortez.

The next morning we received an early call from our son, Kevin, who lives in Atlanta.  Kevin spent a number of years as an attorney for two firms in the Atlanta area, but quit to pursue his lifelong dream of being an airline pilot.  After spending a couple of years as a flight instructor to accumulate the many hours required by FAA regulations, he recently became a pilot for ExpressJet, flying routes for Delta Express.  He had a few days off and could catch a flight to Sarasota and join us for lunch.  We picked him up two hours later and enjoyed lunch and a stop at Starbucks before he returned to Atlanta on an afternoon flight.

Tomorrow evening (Friday) we will pick up Pam’s mother, Fran, at the airport as she joins us for a few days.  We had booked her for a flight to Ft. Myers to visit us last month but her flight out of Watertown, NY was cancelled three days in a row due to weather so we cancelled it.  We are sure Fran is looking forward to some warmer weather after the long, frigid winter she has experienced in Clayton, NY along the St. Lawrence River.

Busy, busy, busy . . .    This retirement life sure is work ! ! !

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27 Responses to Busy Days in Cortez

  1. Gay says:

    This all sounds like so much fun! So glad that Jessica had a visit and how neat is it to do yoga on the beach? So glad you were there Pam to take pictures! She looks great and I know how proud you are of her. Being a pilot sure has it perks!

    That’s one pretty walk you have there!

  2. Boy were you busy! but it was good busy, family bonding. I like the Yoga on the beach part, that is soo cool. Jessica sure is very dedicated for she looks great and so is the doting mom.

  3. Wow, lots of great visits with family! Isn’t wonderful that some of those who are stuck in that vast frozen North can come see you in a much more pleasant setting!

    • placestheygo says:

      Jessica had to wait for her neighbor’s father to bring his snow blower so she could get her car out of their parking area just to get here. She sure didn’t miss the snow while here. But once again my mother didn’t make it:( Her flight was delayed twice than canceled this afternoon because of the bad weather in NYC. So she won’t be making a trip to FL this year.

  4. pmbweaver says:

    What a treat to run into your daughter at the airport. If you hadn’t been at the airport that day, I wonder if she would have called you.

    I see you can’t even go to the beach without a Starbucks in hand.

    Love the poise at the sign. She looks like she is part of the sign…hehe

    Oh how cool. You didn’t tell me Kevin came down. That is awesome to be able to just spend a weekend with him whenever he can get away.

    What a wonderful month you have had. Being able to spend time with both kids. Keep enjoying the good life my dear friends!

    Yea…mom is finally going to make it. The weather looks like it will cooperate this time. Hope y’all have a fantastic time.

  5. Pam says:

    Fun to read about all your family visits. They sure know how to pick a pretty place to come and visit.

    I didn’t know about the yoga on the beach–something I have always wanted to do. Just not sure I want to be that public with my yoga challenges!

    I noticed the Starbucks on the beach too. You have the best of all worlds.

    • placestheygo says:

      You will have to try the yoga if you enjoy yoga. No one seemed to really pay attention and the beach is huge so they were just a little part. The woman does it two mornings for donations. It was at Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach.

  6. Dave says:

    It’s always nice to have a family visit, that’s for sure. Hope you all can have another “coincidence” meeting soon. –Dave

  7. Leigh says:

    Yoga on the beach looks awesome!!

    • placestheygo says:

      It really was cool (even though I didn’t participate). It was early enough that the beach was still empty except for walkers. The day was perfect with blue sky, low humidity, and just warm enough.

  8. Boy are you two busy for retired people! That yoga on the beach looks wonderful. Would love to do that. Jessica loks great. Well done to her.

  9. Sherry says:

    That is an amazing coincidence that you ran into your daughter. 🙂 Hats off to her for her obviously successful health practices. You must be very proud of your children. I admire your son as well for going for his passion rather than sticking with something he didn’t like because he had put many years into the training and experience as so many people do.
    We’ve heard so many great things about Cortez that we had hoped to run up there while we were at Oscar Scherer but we ran out of time. We wanted to check out Buttonwood for a possible stay next winter. Who knows, maybe I can do yoga on the beach.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Sherry! We are extremely proud of our children and their success.

      Buttonwood is a nice park especially since they opened the back portion two years ago. Several people weren’t happy this winter because they only accepted reservations for five months or longer. I understand they a couple sites available for nightly stays because they just became a Good Sam’s park. But those sites seem to be on the road. Our park is next door, Holiday Cove RV Resort.

  10. LuAnn says:

    Although it sounds like you both have been busy, busy, how wonderful that you’ve had such great visits with family. So glad to hear that your mom is finally getting a break from the frigid temperatures of New York.

    Jessica looks fabulous and is so dedicated to her training. What an inspiration she is!

    Yoga on the beach is something we did while in Mexico. It is a great way to start the day and you don’t have to get up at sunrise to experience it! 😉

  11. placestheygo says:

    Well, LuAnn, my mother is not going to make it to FL this year. Her flight was delayed twice then cancelled. They tried to book her for tomorrow but it was a crazy mess and involved three different airlines and two plane changes. So we cancelled. It just wasn’t meant to be this winter.

    Yoga at 8:30 AM was kind of like sunrise for me…haha! We had to head out at 8:00 on the bikes to get there on time.

  12. Erin says:

    Amazing! The world is just filled with coincidences 😉 Nice family time … sorry to read in the comments that your mom didn’t make it the second time around either. I’m just getting started with yoga and hope to get to the stage where I will be able to do the exercises without a DVD and move my regimen outdoors.

  13. placestheygo says:

    Yes, it was great having both children for visits. My mother is the one that needed the visit the most. Actually, this was third time we scheduled her visit. I was sure this would work with warmer temps predicted. Who would ever have guessed that several thunderstorms would cause delays and cancellations. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.

    Good luck with your yoga:)

  14. rommel says:

    Love the punchlinces here. 😆 That’s awesome to know that it’s only a chanced encounter. So, that means she travels around frequently too?

  15. Allison says:

    Your daughter is just beautiful. That yoga pose looks really painful. I think I’m getting a cramp just thinking about it. Glad you were able to spend time together.

  16. Debbie L says:

    Wow, I’m so behind in your posts!
    How great is mother/daughter time!!! Congratulations to Jessica for her transformation! Our daughter had a similar one. It’s so exciting to see her participating in exercise and outdoor activities! And your son! He’s amazing! So flying is more fun than being a lawyer? That was my dream while in college….I still fantasize about law school. I loved the pre-law classes I took. You’re in our old stomping grounds….

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