Published: February 10th 2007January 21st 2007
We departed in the freezing dark from Albany Airport Feb. 6 for a trip to spring our RV out of storage in Fort Myers, Florida. We arrived in sunshine in the miid 70s. A pool day at Cypress Woods RV Park and a great dinner at Joe's Crab Shack launched our vacation. Joe's doesn't fit the personality of a chain, but it is! We may try one the next time we are in Memphis, Pittsburgh, Vegas or a myriad of other US cities. Great food - we had crab cakes and crab stuffed shrimp and key lime pie - all washed down with Margaritas (two for one - happy hour all day long). Fun environment - energetic servers wearing tie dyed Peace, Love & Crabs shirts break into choreographed song at intervals. At the Fort Myers Joe's, we landed a window table looking out on a marina. Inside, the walls and ceilings are loaded with "stuff" - from old Head skis with Cubco bindings to Fisher Price toys from the early 70sset amid crab traps, nets, and other things nautical.
On to Sun 'N Fun, an RV park in Sarasota. We love this place. The pool area is the best.
Hot Tub Sun 'N Fun
This is our second time back to Sun 'N Fun RV Park, Sarasota, Florida. It sure lives up to it's name, a wonderful pool area with a separate water park for little kids, two hot tubs, pub for food and libations.
A great pool, two hot tubs, a nice area for children, a pub and restaurant, nice landscaping - not as "fancy" as Cypress Woods; but lots of fun.
On Friday we had tickets to the local premier of "The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a "dark Irish" comedy by Martin McDonagh, at the Florida Studio Theatre's Stage III Gompertz Theatre. Ear plugs were offered by the ushers (expect gunshots). An odd "peanut allergy" warning was issued from the box office "..there will be lots of blood made from peanut butter!" We gasped and laughed at the morbid, insanity of classic Irish humor gone wild - with its own odd and deranged violence and very cool surprise ending. One reviewer described the antics as "like the Mob with a brogue!" A "glossary" of Irish terms was a fun addition to the Playbill. We parked in a free lot adjacent to the 1247 First St. Theatre (Downtown) prior to the show and walked to Patricks on Main St. for a nice dinner. Wes had Red Snapper Oscar. I had an Island Shrimp Salad - the shrimps were solidly coated with tasty Jerk spice. Both were delicious and generous.
Oh - a fun thing in Sarasota this season is a Clown display as street art - we first saw this sort of arts promo in Lexington with Horses decorated by local artists. Saratoga Springs, NY did a similar thing a few years ago. It's a fun "harkening back" to the Ringling Circus Winter Home - Sarasota.