Swing Set

Oct 1, 201203:52 PM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Tarpon Springs to Madiera Beach

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We made the best of our last day in Crystal River by taking Holly in the dinghy to the beach and then over to the Three Sisters Spring for one last time. I also decided, after a good tip from our friend Don at Lake of the Ozarks, to get a new phone instead of a new camera. My old iPhone 3 was acting up, and there is no flash on the camera on that old model, plus the auxiliary jack quit working months ago. Don knew we were headed for Tarpon Springs and located an AT&T store there, so I called them, and after considering the options, had them get an iPhone 4S into the store for me to check out. The 4S is a nice phone and can be gotten at a good discount right now. The camera has a flash, and the best thing about it was that the same connection cords for the 3G can be used for the 4S phone.

We left Crystal River bright and early on Saturday morning after getting fuel at Pete's Pier. We only took on 30.4 gallons, and the total was a whopping $140. Like some other places in Florida, the $4.25 price at the pump did not include tax. I am getting tired of having to ask whether or not the price at the pump includes tax or not. Live and learn though.

Our cruise to Tarpon Springs was about 60 miles of open water, and the weather was perfect. The Gulf was flat, and we were running in shallow, aquamarine \water. We saw lots of dolphins and turtles along the way. I stopped the boat three times to take a swim, and I wanted to get out my snorkeling gear.

We found one of the very few anchorages in the Tarpon Springs area just east of Anclote Key, and as much as we wanted to join the other boaters lining a nearby white sand beach, we settled in for the night in a very unprotected anchorage, which meant a noisy night for us because of the wave action...not the beach goers.

On Sunday morning, we called some friends about 15 miles away and they just happened to be looking for something to do, so we invited them to join us for the day and decided to meet up the river in Tarpon Springs at a marina. Tarpon Springs is an old Greek settlement, and there are lots of shrimp boats and the sponge docks along the waterway are reminiscent of days gone by.

This was our view as we waited at the Tarpon Landing Marina for our friends, Ed and Peggy Wingo, to drive over from Lutz. We hadn't seen Ed and Peggy for nearly 13 years but had no problem recognizing either one of them when they walked onto the dock. We went up to the restaurant there called Capt'n Jacks and had a late lunch while we caught up. After lunch, we took a cruise and didn't drop them off until nearly dark. By the time we made our way out to the anchorage, it was dark and the wind was whipping up.

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