I knew it was going to be a wonderful day when I rolled over in bed and saw Randy taking a picture of the sunrise through our bedroom window. What a great day to start the day. Especially as this was our fourteenth wedding anniversary.
We started the day as we had all week eating breakfast on the balcony and gazing over the beautiful landscape. The morning was filled with all the sights and sounds we had become accustomed to over the week. The little alligator that inhabits the lake was taking an early swim, a cormorant was standing on the shoreline drying its wings, and golfers were making their way down the fairway.
Each day Sandy would look out over the landscape and would muse, “There are so many colors of green”. And she was right. There was lime green, sage green, grey green, pine green and more. Everywhere we looked our eyes were filled with beauty.
We decided to spend our last day repeating what we had done each other day, rest and relax poolside. Randy and I spent time swimming in the pool and floating around the lazy river. We had a nice day basking in the sun and wishing that time would pass very slowly not wanting to hurry our departure the next day.
Because it was our anniversary I made reservations at one of my very favorite restaurants in Bonita at the Tarpon Bay restaurant located in the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. Each time we go to stay at our timeshare we try to eat a meal at this wonderful restaurant. I requested that we be seated on the screened outside patio. The ambience is wonderful. The patio is above a lake with a large geyser like fountain in the middle. As the evening draws near a beautiful and colorful sunset fills the sky.
The food at Tarpon Bay is presented beautifully and is beyond delicious. I was the only one who wanted an appetizer which did not deter me in the least from ordering one of my very favorite salads, Tomato Mozzarella Salad. This one though was a little different. In place of large slices of vine-ripened tomatoes was a collection of Heirloom Florida tomatoes each one a different texture, color and taste but all delicious.
We all ordered different entrées. Randy chose the ‘Crispy Whole Snapper’ with asparagus and Jasmine rice.
Sandy ordered the ‘Tarpon Seafood Pasta’. The bowl was filled with halibut, Gulf shrimp, diver scallops, lobster broth, roasted vegetables and ballerina pasta.
Bob decided to have the ‘Organic BBQ Chicken’. The chicken came with barbeque Shiitake Caps, organic succotash and smoked cheddar polenta.
I ordered one of my favorite dishes. A simple dish filled with different textures and tastes that combined were really delicious. I ordered the 5 oz. Filet Mignon. The all natural Harris Ranch Filet came with Chimichurri, Boardwalk fries and grilled asparagus.
To say that we enjoyed our meals would be such an understatement. Everyone at the table enjoyed their dinner. Sandy was amazed at the size and tenderness of the scallops and shrimp. Bob loved his barbequed chicken. Randy had never had red snapper before and enjoyed every bite. Me, well, I was in heaven knowing that I was sharing this wonderful meal with my husband of fourteen years and two of my best friends.
The manager was walking from table to table and stopped to ask how we were enjoying our meal and we all said that we were enjoying it very much. He thanked us for choosing Tarpon Bay. I mentioned that we try to eat at the restaurant each time we come down to Bonita and could not I think of a better place to celebrate our anniversary.
We all decided to pass on dessert and were preparing to leave when our wonderful waitress, Candace walked towards the table with the most wonderful variety of confections. Placed on a stark white platter was a chocolate lava cake, a small glass of cinnamon ice cream, strawberries, a blueberry, blackberry and a raspberry and the words, “Happy Anniversary” written in chocolate. Candace brought four spoons so that we could all enjoy this wonderful surprise. As full as we were, we enjoyed every last morsel.
We returned home to our condo, sat on the balcony and chatted away the rest of the evening. We all wished we had just one more day but it was time to go home. This trip I desperately needed to rest and relax and did so. And, while sitting poolside I did a great deal of looking back and looking forward to see where I had been and where I was going. I reflected on the many blessings I have in my life. I am blessed with a great husband, a wonderful family and many friends that I look forward to sharing memories with for many years to come. It was a very good vacation indeed!