Day 7 – Friday, July 8th
We were back in Sarasota around 1:00am on day 7. We had left our rental in Islamorada the day before (day 6), driven down to Key West and then back up the Keys, through the Everglades, and back into Sarasota with no incidents. We were literally 5 minutes from the house, waiting at a red light, and a truck comes speeding up behind us. The driver had lost all control of his vehicle and was swerving all over the road, careening straight for us. We reacted quickly and pulled our car to the left just in the nick of time. The truck flew past us with such force that the rear of our car was pulled back to the right about half an inch. For a split second I thought we had been swiped. The truck plowed into a light pole at the intersection and burst into pieces all over the road. At this point we are all absolutely freaking out. We pulled our car out of the middle of the intersection and immediately dialed 911. Within minutes there were a dozen police cruisers on the scene. Because we were the only witnesses to the accident, we were asked to stick around to give statements. It was around 3:30am when we finally pulled in the driveway at the house. We were all still pretty shaken up about the ordeal, so it was another hour at least before anyone was able to go to bed. We just kept thanking our lucky stars that we were able to get out of the way in time. (I have no information on the occupants of the truck, but I sincerely hope everyone was okay.)
Needless to say, everyone was completely wiped out and the rest of day 7 was spent at the house watching movies and lounging by the pool.
Day 8 – Saturday, July 9th
After a day of recuperating, we were ready to hit the beach again. On the agenda for today: find some shark teeth! We headed to Englewood Beach on Manasota Key with the idea that if we didn’t find any there we could just hit Caspersen on our way back to Sarasota.
I really liked Englewood Beach. The water is a beautiful shade of blue, relatively clear, and the waves and beach erosion aren’t as bad as they are at Caspersen Beach. Plus, my 13-year-old found a shark tooth within 10 minutes of being there! The other two kids were very jealous and continued to search. My 11-year-old was determined to find one for herself.
After hanging out at Englewood Beach for a couple of hours, we piled in the car and headed about 25 minutes north to Caspersen. We had stopped by Caspersen Beach on day 4, but we hadn’t had any luck finding shark teeth that day. But I had heard that this was the spot, so we paid it another visit.
After scouring Caspersen Beach for shark teeth, we headed to Siesta Key to grab some dinner at the Old Salty Dog Café. This is one of the kids’ favorites from past trips, so we had to make a point to stop in again. After dinner, we made our way back to the house to get some rest. Tomorrow will be our last beach day before we have to pack up and head back to Tennessee.
Good news, though… my determined little 11-year-old finally found herself a shark tooth! Perseverance pays off!