This was the scene from our rental house on Anna Maria Island in Florida. Our family of five; my husband Ron, son Andrew, daughter Laura and son in law Brian, spent Thanksgiving week somewhere absolutely different this year! This charming island is 40 miles south of Tampa and a hidden gem. There are no high rise hotels, glitzy shops and hoards of traffic. Truly a delight.
Our house was spacious, well stocked, comfortable and about 30 ft. from the ocean! The island is about 7 miles long and a white sand beach with a gentle slope to the water. We had a blast together as a family!
We enjoyed an afternoon of deep sea fishing with a salty kind of Captain. We caught alot of fish, most of which we had to throw back in as they were out of season. We had 4 sharks on the lines, and Ron was able to keep his on the line and close to the boat for pictures! He was worn out after the battle however!
Laura, Andrew and Brian caught some Grouper (thrown back in) and here are their fish pictures!
I am not much of a fisherman; and tried it for a while, but not very successful. But I was content to soak up the sunshine, take pictures and cheer on the family!
The experience was a hoot and here is our "big" catch after the Captain filleted our catch. This was going to be part of our Thanksgiving meal!
The three young adults had some fun in the water and of course, Andrew had to try to overthrow his sister and brother in law in the drink!
We enjoyed the lovely beach, reading, boogie boarding, bolo golf and Andrew and I played alot of frisbee. Salt water in the eyes and nose is so much fun; but time goofing off with Andrew was pretty special for the two of us. Building a sand castle was in the mix too!
Laura and I spent the early mornings walking and running the beach. So amazing to run at sea level as opposed to the higher elevation of Colorado, but the thicker air was a surprise for me too. A bit more of a challenge to breath. We found some great sea shells and of course, the dolphins who accompanied us along the shoreline were a delight to see! Laura and I did our own version of a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, and called it the Shrimp Shuffle! We power walked about 4.5 miles around the beach.
We enjoyed fresh Florida citrus and of course lots of seafood for Thanksgiving. We bought clams, stone crab claws, grouper, shrimp and had the grunt fish from our day of fishing. A feast!
Miniature golf was in the mix and sadly, I did not win the game, but I did score a hole in one! Andrew won the title beating his dad by one stroke!
(my son in law Brian was being funny in this picture!)
It was such an enjoyable, relaxing, fun week to spend with the family. The weather was perfect and we were able to keep the doors open to the house so we could listen to the surf all night long. I am thankful for the opportunity to be with my dear family and I thank God for the blessing of them all.
Here are a few more snapshots of our time on Anna Maria Island! Thanks for coming along on our trip.
Julia : )
Laura and I being grossed out by a mussel in a conch shell that we were trying to boil out!