John and I finally took a break from house repairs ( on our daughter's house), as well as babysitting. Our plan was to drive to Sarasota, Florida, but we were a bit uncertain about going that far as thunderstorms were predicted there by late afternoon. On our way south we stopped at the DeSoto National Memorial Park. It is about 5 miles west from downtown Bradenton.
Hernando de Soto landed in Florida on May 30, 1539. Born in 1500, de Soto was by this time a very successful conquistador. By his twenties he had become rich from Incan plunder which enabled him to purchase the needed supplies and equipment needed for a foray into north America. After arriving in Florida he left 100 men (he had a total of about 700) at a camp near the lading site to guard their supplies while he traveled northward into Florida. De Soto had dreams of finding more silver, gold and precious gems in our country than he had found in South America. It all came to nought, the mission was doomed by his unfamiliarity with the land, hostile Indians, and his strong desire for wealth. The explorer died three years after landing in Florida.
That was our day trip. Mostly what we gained from it was that we needed to return. Sarasota has gardens, and museums to explore- but only when the weather is a bit cooler!