I have been lucky enough to be invited into an exclusive world of ocean exploration, relaxation, hearty laughter and wine. And Sangria.
Some days we’re a small group, some days larger. But the theme of the day is always the same.
Take a minute. Or a couple hundred.
Cut ties with the world that you’re normally tethered to, and go enjoy the world that you take for granted.
Our backyard is this…
And good Lord, we need to take advantage of that!
This group of mine (I’m claiming them as mine now) is affectionately called WOW. Women on Water. Or Wine on Water. Or even Wednesdays on Water (and sometimes Fridays).
I’ve tried to get my boyfriend to come along a couple times, saying we could change it to POW: People on Water. He said no. It’s a woman thing. And he’s right.
I have come to cherish these WOW days. It’s the best part of my week. How often do we allow ourselves to relax, take some time and do nothing but enjoy the environment around us? Not enough, that’s for sure.
And we always meet new friends along the way.
Mr. Sting Ray
The Bird Family
And after we paddle our way in and out of canals, around the tip of Anna Maria Island, or wherever we choose, talking about our lives, our loves, but not our work, we finish off the morning with a well-earned LUNCH!
The City Pier Restaurant in Anna Maria is just awesome. If you go, for God’s sake get the burger and fries. I am not a potato person (which some of my friends find sacrilegious), but Oh. My. Gosh. Their fries are amazing. Unfortunately, my fries mysteriously vanished from my plate so quickly, there was no time for a picture.
But I did take time to enjoy this.
Sangria. Sangria! Yum!!! I’m not a big drinker, either, so Sangria is relatively new to me. (I know, I live under a rock.) But this is my new fave. And it’s delightfully refreshing after a hot, salty morning.
I’m so lucky to live where I live and know the people I know. And I’m so lucky that they were able to tear me away from life behind a computer, or folding laundry, or scrubbing toilets, for just a few hours to see what they had been seeing.
Thank you, ladies!
Until next Wednesday.