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An Island Shuttle February 13, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.

Anna Maria Island has a new taxi plying its waters . . . the Island Pearl.


The just-initiated shuttle service is FREE on Mondays this month.


So we hopped aboard to see the island from a different perspective.


We crossed under the Cortez Bridge as it yawned to admit a sailboat.


First shuttle stop, the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.


The pier houses Rotten Ralph’s where beer is always FREE . . . tomorrow.


From the pier, we continued south through the Intercoastal Waterway.


Next stop, the Mar Vista restaurant on AMI’s sister island of Long Boat Key ~ I half expected to see Gilligan and the Professor counting coconuts on the sand.


On the way back, we swung in close to the southern tip of the island.


Where fisherman fish and families enjoy picnics in the pavilion.


We caught sight of our neighborhood as we headed north to Holmes Beach.


Aah . . . that’s better!


1. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 13, 2013

Nancy you have no idea how much I have enjoyed these pictures! Love the pastel buildings!

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Yay! When we had a blog meet up with Jeanne and her husband, we ate at Rotten Ralph’s.

In her last comment, Barb said, “Please take us on more adventures.” So I thought we should take a tour around the island on a water taxi today.

Nothing like fresh air and sunshine, right? šŸ˜Ž

sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 13, 2013

Nothing like fresh air and sunshine in Flora-dee-dah!

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Or, as the singer calls himself, Flo Rida! šŸ˜‰

2. suzicate - February 13, 2013

Love all the blue. The first photograph is stunning.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Thanks, Suzi. This is a great area for AMATEUR photographers like me . . . just point and shoot.

Mother Nature takes care of the rest. šŸ˜€

3. colonialist - February 13, 2013

What fun! I’d prefer to be in the sailboat, of course, but anything that floats is OK with me!

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

I’m with you, Col! I prefer listening to the wind whipping the sails than the chug-chug-chugging of a motor ~ but the Pearl is quiet as she wends her way through island waters.

4. vivinfrance - February 13, 2013

Wow! That looks like a seriously good place to live.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

It is, Viv! Our favorite place (so far). šŸ˜€

5. Grannymar - February 13, 2013

I have been filling my lungs with all that virtual fresh air under your wonderful blue skies. Thank you Nancy.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

My pleasure, Grannymar! It’s fun to share our sunshine. šŸ˜€

6. Don - February 13, 2013

You must have had a good day, Nancy. Lovely images. The Island Pearl is a beauty – not the kind of pearl you’d find Captain Jack Sparrow on.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Aye, Capt. Jack Sparrow belongs on the Pirate’s Galleon . . . the Scullywag! šŸ˜‰

7. Jas - February 13, 2013

Lovely pictures Nancy.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Thanks, Jas. Lovely voyage to see the sights.

8. Hudson Howl - February 13, 2013

Ahhhhhh, you do take care of your ‘peeps’.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Thanks, HH. I do my best. šŸ˜€

9. diannegray - February 13, 2013

I could almost smell the ocean air looking through these pictures, Nancy! Wonderful stuff šŸ˜€

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Next, we need to take a boat along the Gulf Side of the island, and maybe parasail through the air? WHEE!!!

diannegray - February 13, 2013

WOW! šŸ˜€

10. kateshrewsday - February 13, 2013

What a gorgeous trip, Nancy: and all free!

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

Delightful day for a cruise . . . and the PRICE couldn’t be beat. šŸ˜€

11. viviankirkfield - February 13, 2013

Thanks, Nancy! We’ve had a pretty cold winter so far here in Colorado…so I really appreciated your tropical pics. Growing up in NYC, we had the Staten Island Ferry…hop on and go back and forth…for only a nickel…pretty cheap in those days…but no palm trees and coconuts.:)

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

I loved traveling on the Staten Island Ferry . . . it seemed like such a bargain! šŸ˜€

12. ericjbaker - February 13, 2013

Looks fun! I love taking a ferry or a shuttle boat. I prefer horizontal travel whenever possible.

ericjbaker - February 13, 2013

At sea or ground level.

nrhatch - February 13, 2013

No rocket ships, then? šŸ˜Æ

ericjbaker - February 14, 2013

Too suggestive.

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

9 out of 10 psycho-analysts agree. :mrgreen:

13. adeeyoyo - February 14, 2013

Love the blue of the skies, Nancy, and the water looks so inviting. I wish we had a yawning bridge here in SA but I have only seen ‘foreign’ ones, lol!

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

All three of the bridges to AMI are drawbridges that yawn a few times an hour as tall masts glide through their mouths. šŸ˜€

14. wightrabbit - February 14, 2013

Great photos, Nancy, it’s good to look at things from a different perspective šŸ™‚

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Thanks, Jacqueline. Even a small shift in perspective pays BIG dividends. We realize that our vantage point affects our interpretation of people, places, and things.

15. jannatwrites - February 16, 2013

This looks like a beautiful journey…and I love the price (free!)

nrhatch - February 16, 2013

There’s also a free trolley on the island . . . the water shuttle is slower but provides a nice shift in perspective.

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