Hunkered down in Gasparilla

Wednesday February 18 – Venice to Gasparilla – 24 miles It was sunny and clear this morning. We left Venice at 9:45. A cold front was moving into the State of Florida later today and tomorrow. Since the wind was only blowing about 15 mph this morning and from the north we felt comfortable going…

Beach Time in Venice, FL

  Tuesday February 17 – Sarasota to Venice – 19 miles The first balmy morning! No jackets needed. It was sunny with moderate wind from the south. Probably why it was balmy – not a north wind. We left Sarasota at 9 and arrived in Venice at 11. It was a smooth ride down the…

Circus Time in Sarasota

Monday February 16 It was another sunny day with the high about 74 – wonderful. It was breezy so we were still wearing our winter clothes (jeans and long-sleeve shirts), but without jackets. We are waiting for 80 degrees before changing into our summer clothes – t-shirts and shorts. There were more people here in…

Going South

Sunday February 15 – Dunedin to Sarasota – 67 miles It was another beautiful sunny day with light wind and warmer. We left Dunedin at 8:15 with coats on. We shed our coats within the first hour since the sun was warming up our “sunroom” fly-bridge where John was piloting the boat. It was a…

Chores on Board

Saturday February 14 – Marker 1 Marina, Dunedin Heather and Mike were up at 5 am to get ready to leave for the airport. They left about an hour later. They arrived home safely later that evening without any delays along the way. It was great having them visit. We will miss them. It was…

Waterfronts

Friday February 13 – Dunedin to Gulfport, St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach The day was sunny, but the wind was blowing hard and the temperature was in the 50’s. It was too windy to cruise on the boat, so we (and Heather and Mike) decided to explore some of the nearby towns. John had read…

Tarpon Springs

Thursday February 12 – Dunedin to Tarpon Springs and Back – 30 miles It was another beautiful clear day with the high in the 60s. There was light wind so the water was calm. Last night was Heather and Mike’s first night on the boat. They woke up a few times during the night so…

Three Hour Tour

Wednesday February 11 – Dunedin to Clearwater Beach and Back – 30 miles It was a beautiful clear sunny day with low wind. Heather, Mike and Mike’s kids arrived from Orlando close to noon. We had lunch on board EGRET and then started our three hour tour. We went north on the Intracoastal Waterway to…

Chores on Shore

Tuesday February 10 – Dunedin to Clearwater, FL We woke to a partly cloudy, windy day. The wind actually woke us up during the night rocking the boat. We had our coffee and a leisurely breakfast. We did one load of laundry. We went to the Post Office to mail valentine packages to our grandkids.…

SeaWorld

Monday February 9 – Orlando We picked Heather and Mike up at 9:00 am and then drove to SeaWorld. It was partly cloudy with rain in the afternoon, but the high was 73. The highlight of the day was the 12:00 Shamu (whale) show. Lea is the trainer of two of the whales in the…