A Vacation from our Vacation

Two weeks ago we left our RV, Charley, in a campground in Salt Lake City, hopped a flight bound for Florida, and took a vacation from our lifestyle that, if we’re being truthful, is pretty much a full-time vacation anyway – indeed, we are blessed to live such a remarkable life!

And in case you hadn’t noticed, I took a vacation from blogging, too – it’s quite a lot of work keeping at this every few days! – and while I hadn’t actually planned the blogging hiatus, I do think I needed a break from writing and was pleased to actually read a couple of books during my vacation.  Besides, we were having so much fun with our friends that there simply wasn’t any time to write about it; we were too busy living it!

Sunset at the beach
Sunset at the beach
Beach buddies for the week; gal pals for life

So this ‘vacation from our vacation’ came about because our dear friends in Vermont, Pam and Stan, invited us to join them on one of their annual vacations – a week at a beach house on Anna Maria Island, just west of Sarasota, Florida.  How could we turn that down?… we couldn’t!!

The boys bellying up at the Blue Marlin
The boys bellying up at the bar
The Vermont crew
The Vermont Crew

We had such a marvelous time with Stan and Pam, as well as with Dana and Linda, and Peter and Kathleen; two other Vermont couples who were also happy to be escaping the snow that was still on the ground up in New England as of last week.  We all enjoyed beach time, dinners out and in, shopping (just the girls), biking, morning donut runs, and, of course, happy hours featuring Stan’s renowned Stantinis!  And as Fred’s Navy buddy, Perry, and his wife, Dee Dee, live in nearby Tampa, we got to see them, too, both at their place and down at the beach – it was fun and friends all around!

Sheila, Fran, Alicia and Carol - the newly crowned (cupped?) Women's 40+ Hockey Champions!
Sheila, Fran, Alicia and Carol, National Hockey Champions!!!

Another highlight of our vacation time was getting to know and party with some great ladies who happen to be accomplished hockey players.  This group of crazy-fun women are friends with the Vermont group, and as timing would have it, the national championship hockey tournament was taking place down here the same time we were all down here on vacation.  While we didn’t see any of their games, we sure enjoyed partying with them because THEY WON!  And boy could they party!!  These women are the Women’s Over-40 National Hockey Champions!

So at the risk of boring my readers with vacation pictures, I’m including a slideshow, below, with some photo highlights from our beach vacation.  I’m doing this primarily to share them with the Anna Maria Island party people who are responsible for us having so much fun – they wanted access to my photos.  If you’d like to see them, too, hover your cursor over the photo, below, then use the arrows to scroll through our vacation photos:  

Fred & Stan ready to hit the beach

We can’t thank Pam and Stan enough for including us in what was a fabulous, fun-filled, sun-filled, sand-filled, booze-filled week in sunny Florida.  We’re already trying to figure out where our next vacation with them will be, but no matter where it is, it’s sure to be wonderful, just as this one was….