Swing Set

Oct 1, 201203:52 PM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Tarpon Springs to Madiera Beach

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On Monday morning, we were treated to a rainbow on the horizon. The white boat in the photo is a very large wooden sailboat keeled over up near the bank in water about a foot deep. Their luck ran out at some point, rainbow or not.

Once I confirmed that the AT&T store had the phone delivered to their location over the weekend, I dropped the dinghy and left Rosie in charge while I traveled to Spring Bayou, about 5 miles away, and tied up the dinghy at a public dock near the old section of Tarpon Springs. I then walked to the AT&T store over a mile away.

I made my purchase and called Rosie to tell her I'd be heading back, which would take about 90 minutes. When I left the river and headed across the bay to the boat, the wind had really picked up and the ride back to Swing Set was about the roughest I'd ever want to do. I couldn't wait to get the dinghy back on the davits and get out of there because we had some open water to negotiate on the way down to Dunedin.

Once we got behind some protection from the surrounding keys, the waves let up, but a stiff wind was blowing up from the south. I couldn't find an anchorage I liked with any wind protection.

In Clearwater harbor, there was some pretty water but all too shallow for us. I saw promising areas down in Boca Ciera, so even though it was getting late, the weather was good and the wind had died down to a pleasant breeze, so we kept on going. We passed under the bridge to Madiera Beach and found our anchorage. There are several other boats in here, too, some occupied and some not. We are in about 6 feet of water, which will get us only 4 feet when the tide goes out, but there isn't much else in the way of places to drop the hook until we get to Tampa Bay.

Here's us playing with the new phone. Thanks for the tip, Don!

Rosie got a good dinner ready in just a few minutes; we were having salad with chicken strips. TV reception is good and so is the Internet service. There is a Publix within view, and it appears that there are a few people here in the anchorage that we can meet tomorrow. We have some business to attend to at the license office, if we can find one, so we may stay here a couple of nights, but not too long because we're meeting Ed and Peggy again this weekend, along with some other friends down here in Florida that we haven't seen for about eight years, over in Apollo Beach on Friday night. We think we'll like it here for a bit, we've already had several dolphins swimming by the boat.

It's been a long, long day, and we're glad to be at anchor in better protected waters than we had for the last two nights. We're both due for some better rest.


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