Sno' Dog docked at the Tarpon Landing Marina - a short walk to downtown Tarpon Springs.
(This was the last night before Daylight Saving Time took effect. It may not be this pretty again until November!)
March 2012 - Page 3
Links to some of our Overseas Exploits...
March 9 - 2:30 PM - Arr: Tarpon Springs, Tarpon Ldg Marina
Today: 34.8 n mi - 3.9 eng hrs
A fun, and really Greek place to visit
Excellent Greek dinner at Costas - recommended!
March 10 - 11 AM (EDT) - Dep Tarpon Springs - cldy. 72º
11:30 AM - back out to Gulf ICW (mile 0)
2:15 PM - under 18-ft fixed bridge near Gulfport
3:15 PM - Arr: St. Petersburg - muni Marina
Today: 43.5 n mi - 4.4 eng hrs
Our Saganaki (flaming cheese) arrives - at Costas Restaurant.
Besides Saganaki, we also learned Kalispera (good evening)
and Efcharisto (thank you). Very Greek - Opa!
On our way out of Tarpon Springs, we came across this Tour
Boat which had run aground in the Anclote River. We offered
them a tow, but they were able to get off by sending all the
passengers forward and giving it full throttle in reverse -
which produced a lot of smoke! (Click photo for larger image.)
Offsetting the large number of boats out and about on
weekends, is the occasionally good scenery!
This inside channel from Gulfport cuts off a few miles
heading for Tampa Bay, but it involves getting under this
18-ft fixed bridge. (Mouse-over to see us going under.)
The FREE BEER Dolphin Cruise. What's the attraction?
The strange-looking edifice known as "The Pier" in St Petersburg.
A great blue heron on the shore in St Petersburg.
Mouse-over for another image.
The elegant Vinoy Hotel in St Petersburg.
A few minutes walk from the St Petersburg
Municipal Marina, we found this outdoor cafe
which served cafe-au-lait and beignets. Strange,
we don't have any place like this on the East coast.
A wedding in one of St Petersburg's waterfront parks.
March 11 - Stayed another day at St Pertersburg Muni Marina.
The up-side-down pyramid known as The Pier built in
1973; and below, what it looked like back in 1937!
Lunch with view at the Columbia Restaurant in the Pier building.
The Vinoy Hotel complex and up-scale Yacht Harbor in downtown St. Petersburg.
On display at the Historical Museum (across the street from the St Pete Municipal Marina), a flying
replica of the Benoist Flying Boat, the first commercial airliner in the USA. In 1914 (!) this plane
offered non-stop service from St. Petersburg to Tampa - airspeed 55 mph, flight time 25 minutes.
March 12 - 11:00 AM - Dep St Petersburg - fair 80º, wind E 15
. 11:45 AM - under the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway
. 1:30 PM - Arr: Sarasota - Marina Jack's (again)
. Today: 29.7 n mi - 2.7 eng hrs
(photo from the Historical Museum)
Approaching the Sunshine Skyway in Tampa Bay.
A classic CSY 37 under sail in Tampa Bay.
What can I say?
Excellent dinner at Mosaic (Zagat rated) restaurant
in Sarasota. (Mouse-over photo to see dessert.)
Why do Americans like boats that look like this?
What are you supposed to do -
or not do - here?
The markers look bigger when there's a man climbing on them!
Eye-catching Venice 3-story waterfront estate, complete with 3-story boat!
Idyllic (and popular) beachy island near the Venice Inlet.
March 13 - 11:15 AM - Dep Sarasota - fair 80º, wind E-10 (again)
. 12:45 PM - passing Venice
. 3:00 PM - Arr: Cabbage Key (Pine I Sound)
Today: 43.8 n mi - 4.9 eng hrs