Successful crossing – celebration is in order! We were so happy to have a crossed in a full moon, and to have the calm seas just as predicted! Now to settle in at Marker1 Marina in Dunedin for a week of fun and relaxation!
DUNEDIN JOLLY TROLLEY
The Jolly Trolley is the best way to get around the area. $5 per person for a day pass! It has routes all along the coast (Clearwater to the south; or Tarpon Springs to the north); also a Coastal route- hop on for a ride to Clearwater Beach! Thankfully the drivers were very friendly and helpful – they may have recognized us as out of towners!
All it took is a call from our friends on THE Jill Kristy (Richard and Jill) to invite us over to Turtle Cove Marina at Tarpon Springs. We found the Jolley Trolley Schedule and away we go….
CELEBRATION LOOPER STYLE
We met at a restaurant called the Rusty Belly and enjoyed various sea food dishes!
Several of the boats that made the crossing with us were staying at Tarpon Springs and joined us at the Rusty Belly for lunch!
TARPON SPRINGS- SPONGE CAPITAL
Tarpon Springs sponge docks are the tourism attraction for this area. The area has strong Greek heritage- many settling in this area for the sponge trade.
Colleen and Jill helped support the local economy- here is a perfect sponge for an herb garden on board!
Of course, the guys found a spot to wait patiently while we checked out a shop that made ivory jewelry out of shells-
DINNER AT HELLAS GREEK RESTAURANT AND BAKERY
To make good use of our day pass, we took another ride to Tarpon Springs for dinner with Kurt and Patty. The Greek meal was the best of the trip so far!
AND MORE FUN
We shared a tiramisu for dessert then resisted buying anything at the bakery next door- but it was tempting!
Did I mention we are able to resist dessert to go?
CLEARWATER BEACH BY TROLLY
Marker1 marina is centrally located, but must say not many activities in the neighborhood. So back on the trolley another day- we are going to head across the bay to Clearwater Beach. This run requires a change of busses at the terminal in downtown Clearwater. Dave thought there must be hotel doorman convention, everyone was hurrying down the street in black pants and vest with white shirts. Hmmmm… not a convention, we are next door to the headquarters of the Church of Scientology!!
We continued on the trolley to the spend the afternoon at the beach:
We had so much fun, we decided this would be our next marina stop too!
CELTIC EVENING IN DUNEDIN
While Tarpon Springs celebrates its Greek Heritage, a few miles south Dunedin is proud of its Celtic Heritage. Here we were entertained by the Middle School Celtic Band and dancers !
and they were proud to perform!
The week was rounded out by attending the Dunedin Art show, checking out a few more shops and meeting more loopers as they arrived at Marker 1 marina.
Wonder what’s in store for next week– as we move a few miles south, and try out the Clearwater Beach marina?
Thanks for reading- hope you enjoy hearing about our travels as much as we like to share!