We left Venice around 8am with lots of gray skies. It was 10:30 am before they scattered and blue skies prevailed. Boca Grande today. I was driving the boat in fairly shallow water and suddenly saw a dozen dolphins coming our way. Several ran beside the boat for awhile, putting on quite a show. They were twice the size of the dolphins we had seen previously on the panhandle and Big Bend. So we called them “Dolphins Grande” (we know Grande means big because we go to Starbuck’s occasionally). Arrived at the marina around noon and the dock master had us aft-in to a slip with no finger pier, only pilings. As we maneuvered he called out to me, “If you can lasso that first piling as you pass it, I will buy you a six pack of beer.” I nailed it. Went to mid ship and asked if anyone wanted to go for a bottle of champagne. No takers. Dang it! I nailed that one, too. Told you I was getting good at this. Dock master said he often makes that offer but I was the first time he had actually had to pay off! Road bicycles all around the town and it is a very quaint place. Reminds us of Fairhope, AL. Decided to cook supper on the boat and while that was in progress we took a walk down the road. We were talking and I said something about being a Birmingham girl and 3 men unloading a car turned around and said “We have 3 Birmingham girls in the house, come on in!” Turns out 2 of them I knew from real estate and the other was the mother of a guy I went to high school with,”
It is truly a small world.