They visit their time shares at Treasure Island, FL and Longboat Key FL each year. So we always get together a couple of times when they are here. This means that I have enjoyed Janet and Steve's company for at least fourteen times since I retired to S.W. FL - more times than I had been with them in "so many" years prior to 2006.
We hooked up today at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport for a joy ride in a four seater Cessna which is owned by a young Norwegian named Patrick who runs a business called http://www.flightexcursions.com/
(My brother Martyn, his son Sam, and Sam's pal Toby took a flight with Patrick when they were here in September.)
Our joy ride today took us north west from the airport to Clearwater. Then we flew south over the Gulf of Mexico, with Indian Rocks Beach, the Redington beaches, Madeira Beach, and Treasure Island to our east.
Crossing Tampa Bay we flew to the west of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key..
We made a U turn down by St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota, and then flow northish, with Longboat Key Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island to our east.
Crossing Anna Maria Island led us due north across the wonderful Sunshine Skyway Bridge and downtown St. Petersburg and then back to the airport.
Janet, Steve and I had a fabulous trip. We agreed that Patrick is a fine pilot, and that he is very professional. (He is aged 25). And we were glad for his recommendation of the Bascom's Chop House on Ulmerton Ave in Pinnelas Park FL where we had a lovely lunch.
|Steve, Janet and jmp|
|Patrick our Pilot and jmp|
|Patrick, our pilot hails from Norway. I printed a Norwegian flag and taped it to my cap. He was dutifully amused.|
|Patrick, jmp, and Patrick's Cessna|
|Over St. Petersburg FL|
|Heading north t'wards St. Petersburg|
|Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay. (We locals are "crazy" about this Bridge)|
|Undeveloped (thank goodness) land between Anna Maria Island and the mainland.|
|Manatee Ave bridge, linking Anna Maria Island to the mainland.|
|Patrick (the pilot) with my cousin Janet and her partner Steve|
|Patrick recommenced Bascom's Chop House on Ulmerton Ave. in Pinellas Park) for our our post flight lunch. His advice was wise. There I enjoyed a fabulous grouper sandwich and salad.|