Monday, June 7, 2010

Florida Gulf Coast Beaches

Sorry for the long absence. Have been busy packing and moving. Moving back to the boat full time, for the second time in ten years. This time we are really downsizing, that is, selling everything, giving stuff away and throwing things out. No more storage. We've learned our lesson.

Knowing that we are leaving Florida, and that perhaps the BP Oil Spill might (but hopefully NOT) spoil the lovely beaches on the Florida Gulf Coast, we made time to visit our favorites beaches - Clearwater, Ft DeSoto, Anna Maria, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Caladesi is accessible by boat only, and since Mai Thai is in Tennessee, we didn't go there. People who come visit us always request to go to Clearwater, a beach we try to avoid. There are so many choices, so why should we hang out with the tourists, get stuck in traffic and have to pay for parking? This is laid back Florida after all. We gave in and went late one day. The water was so warm it felt like water in a hot tub! A few days earlier, we had gone to Siesta Key. The sun had hid behind the clouds, so instead of a sunset we got to see a wedding taking place on the beach. We lucked out at Clearwater. The sunset was absolutely spectacular, one that is comparable to Key West's, only without the fanfare.
sunset at Clearwater Beach
a wedding at Siesta Key
At Longboat Key, boats were out in full swing over Memorial Day weekend. We've never seen this quaint locale so busy with many anchored boats, as well as water police and Sea Tow. We had gotten a ticket ($75) here once, when we were exploring on our dinghy and had one less life jacket than we should. Still, we miss boating in Florida, the sparkling ocean blue water...Check out our Memorial Day Weekend boating fun at Fort McRae, near Pensacola Inlet.
While checking out our old stomping ground, we ran into peacocks that roam freely around the neighborhood. One even strutted and showed off his plumage.

Memorial Day Weekend at Longboat Key

Ft DeSoto, a Pinellas County State Park in St Pete - my favorite beach of all times. We had not been here for over a year. It is even more beautiful than we remember it. We got to the North Beach yesterday just before 10 am. A bunch of young, good-looking lifeguards were getting ready to man their stations. It was like a scene out of Baywatch. How cool is that?

Let's hope and pray the oil will not hit this part of Florida. The state has been the first to suffer from the economic downturn due to the housing bust. The last thing Florida needs is another blow, to its tourism business. Not to mention the impact on the wildlife and its ecosystem.
Ft DeSoto North Beach

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