Biking 22 miles, 10-15mph with designated stops; Walking 1/2 mile to and from dinner.
At the hotel.
This morning we will spin our way along the Venetian Waterway, through Shamrock Park and side streets to arrive at a hidden treasure, The Venice Audubon Rookery. Surrounded by the bustle of municipal buildings, this small nook of contentment is the nursery area for a host of native birds and their young, including Great Egret, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret and others. Binoculars and cameras with zoom lens are suggested for best viewing. Enjoy riding along the Venetian Waterway. In the 1960s, what had been a natural inlet was dredged and expanded by the Army Corps of Engineers to create the final section of the Intracoastal Waterway. Dolphins, the endangered Gopher Tortoise and Florida Scrub Jay may be seen along the way.
A boxed lunch including sandwich, pasta salad, chips, fruit, cookie and bottled water.
We will travel only a few blocks to the Clyde Butcher Venice Gallery & Studio after lunch. Internationally renowned photographer Clyde Butcher’s exquisite black and white photographs beckon the viewer to a personal communication with the natural world. We will partake in a private exploration of Clyde’s dark room area, studio, and gallery. At Nokomis Groves, we will find some liquid sunshine and possibly a cold treat at this 'old-fashioned' citrus producer.
Plated dinner at a local restaurant.
At leisure. Elective: A movie night in the meeting room will be offered featuring the Royal Lippizans.