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An Island Shuttle February 13, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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Anna Maria Island has a new taxi plying its waters . . . the Island Pearl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Where fisherman fish and families enjoy picnics in the pavilion.

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

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Aah . . . that’s better!

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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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