We ended up spending 3 days at Turtle Cove Marina in Tarpon Springs. First day was a blur. We were still groggy from our overnight crossing but after a nap managed to rally for dinner at a great seafood place within walking distance with Mike & Mary (Forever Friday) and John & Gina (Alysana).
Second day we played. We got on the rusting bikes and headed out on the Pinellas Trail to Clearwater for lunch. This is a multi use trail that is 38 miles long and goes from Tarpon Springs south to St. Petersburg. It is a pretty well traveled trail and a great way to see the towns without having to deal with car traffic.
Third day was dedicated to the boat. Heather was in charge of giving the exterior of the boat some attention. Not a glamorous task and it was long overdue. Kent finished installing the water maker. It took multiple trips to Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware and West Marine as any home or boat project often does. Fortunately this is the first time we have been close to these types of stores so he rode his bike all over looking for the parts needed. It is now 100% installed and turning salt water into drinking water for us.
From Tarpon Springs we took the boat down to Clearwater (~ 22 statue miles) where we anchored out for 2 nights. Clearwater is filled with tourists on vacation and all the beach themed chain restaurants and bars you might expect. We sought out the smaller/quieter spots and had some fantastic conversations with the locals. The beach here however was spectacular, a white sand shoreline for as far as you can see.
It was another short trip (~ 15 statute miles) as we left Clearwater for Redington Shores. We anchored in the small cove and were surrounded by brightly painted houses and very few high rises, a nice change from Clearwater. We took the dingy into the nearby restaurant (Seabreeze) and enjoyed lunch and a free beer (arrive by boat there and it gets you a free beer!). We walked the neighborhood and enjoyed dinner onboard with Mike & Mary (Forever Friday). Redington Shores was a great little find and is more our style than Clearwater.
We are still chasing the warm weather. We are running our heaters at night/early morning but not complaining too much as we are happy to be able to be on this journey.