The rain started early Friday evening and continued to pour down in subtropical torrents all night long.
I swore I heard ducks quacking in the middle of the night - presumably having a field day in the lake I imagined the yard of the Beau Lido must have turned into - but I think now maybe I was just hearing some noisy sea gulls.
As the storm was predicted to continue straight through the night into the next day until 1 pm, Romaine and I feared on Friday night that by morning the streets would be flooded and that with the rain still pouring down we wouldn't be able to get out and get to some breakfast and would have to ration the meager remains of my emergency stash of juju fish and pretzels (see yesterday' post), one fish and pretzel at a time.
But, miraculously, by 7 am on Saturday morning the rain had stopped and when I opened the door of our bungalow I saw wet sidewalks and grass, but no small rivers or lakes. In fact the sun was even beginning to make a pale showing,
So, the weather now looking promising, we decided, this being our last day, to drive into downtown Sarasota and spend the day walking around and seeing what there was to see and do there.
We discovered that there was a First Watch - one of my favorite breakfast eateries - I love the avocado toast - in downtown Sarasota, so, Romaine never having been to a First Watch, I declared that she must experience a First Watch breakfast.
We arrived downtown,
But rain, sun, or moon, it was all so good.