NOTE: The map on the Home page was been updated a few days ago!
It was hard to say good bye to what we decided perhaps was the best marina yet: nice docks; excellent bathrooms(!); flat water with no wave action; peaceful, quiet, Old-Florida style neighborhood; abutting a cool bayou preserve w/ little meandering trails ( we should have inflated the SUP but just never got around to it!); and a funky, fun little town within a few minutes walk from the marina and only a few miles from St Petersburg. A leisurely morning and a long chat and tour of another Looper couple’s boat meant we successfully delayed leaving until after noon!
Since we are just killing time around the Tampa Bay area for a few days we don’t have big distances to cover and really it is just about exploring the area. We made a pit stop on Treasure Island (just the name itself is worth making a stop for, right?!—Alas, a bunch of streets and strip malls fill it up) so that we could pick up a few little grocery items that were unavailable at the open air market in Gulfport. Remember back up on the rivers when we stopped at the McDonald’s dock?
We continue to travel with the isinglass and canvas on but with the “windows’ rolled up. We’ve had a few reader comments and private emails regarding this whole topic. Just for clarification, we did NOT get new canvas but rather had some of the old isinglass replaced with nice, fully-see- through/not yellowed nor dinged up isinglass and also had some zippers and stitching fixed that got battered when we had that tornado-watch night (the same night we had that hillbilly tarp over the windows that were leaking). All that isinglass and extra canvas does catch the wind a bit more (especially notable when docking if there is a wind…but N remains consistently successful despite that—particularly since we have no bow thruster). We haven’t had a long enough trip or gone at our regular speed to re-calculate the impact on MPG…but I’m guessing there will be some negative impact. We are enjoying the added protection from the winds lately especially with the lower temperatures we had earlier this week—B doesn’t need to break out that cool sleeping bag coat either—darn! It’s also a hassle to stow the canvas stuff under the upper helm foot cubby…..so just “paying” for that luxury with the little plastic rectangular card in extra gas seems the easiest thing at this point!
After that big Publix sign, it seemed to be a day that called out for this song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZzVdomYHnI :
While the marina itself (and people) are fine (only one spot for one transient boat per night), the general neighborhood and busy streets are in stark contrast to our Gulfport experience and, therefore, highlighting even more our sense that that was our favorite marina overall to-date.
An aside, with this Throw-back Thursday shot:
We left Pasadena Marina in hunt of the perfect (albeit nearby) anchorage. After skipping the first possibility, we found this at De Soto Point:
Easy anchorage in the sand. 7 feet of water. Sunny. Sandy. Away from the City. Woohoo!
Lots of shoreline explorations to fill the afternoon!
Re-cue: Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs:
And just to pre-empt further commentary:
Ok all you 1957-ers….it’s our year and B is blazin’ the path.
Mantra of the Year: It’s just a number, it’s just a number, it’s just a number…