Clearwater

Curt and Julie invited us to have breakfast with them at Toula Cafe before we left Tarpon Springs.  We had a mile walk to get to the cafe.  What a great way to start the day off with a nice walk and great friends.  We had to say goodbye to Myron & Linda on the “Miss Bailey” and to Curt and Julie “CJ”.  Curt and Julie are leaving their boat at Marker 1 marina and flying home (San Diego Ca) for the holidays.  We have had a great time traveling with them and sharing dock tails.

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We left Tarpon Springs around noon as we had to wait for high tide.  The tide changes four times in a 26 hr period.   “Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces by the Moon & Sun & rotation of the earth.” We have to watch the tide levels so we don’t run aground entering and leaving harbors. We also had to learn a different way to tie up the boat with the tides going up and down.

We had a nice day of traveling to Clear water Florida.  Will be staying at the Clear water Harbor Marina for two days as Amy, Chad, & Camber are flying in on Friday.  They will be traveling with us for a few days.  We are so excited to see them all.

Clear water was originally the home of the Tocobaga Indians that existed from 900 to the 1500’s.  Up until 1906 Clear water was called Clear water Harbor and then the name was changed to just Clear water.  It got the name due to the fresh water springs that once flowed here.  In 1915 a bridge was built across Clear water harbor joining the city with Clear water beach.  Clear water Beach is known as the widest, liveliest, and best city beach on the Gulf.

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Clear water is home to the Church of Scientology’s Worldwide Spiritual Headquarters, which makes Clear water a prime spot for celebrity sightings.  They are all dressed a like in black pants and vest with white shirts.  They are young and not very friendly when you say Hi to them on the street.

 

Thursday night Kent and I decided to go for a walk but didn’t make it to far as we met Karen and Dave on the “MacCabel” and got a tour of their 65 foot boat.  We had a nice visit with them and found out they are friends of Jim and Mandy “SHELL BELLE” who we had traveled with for a while.  If you look at the rear window of the boat you can see the reflection of the beautiful sunset.

We watched a beautiful sunset  over Clear water Harbor.  Now I understand why Marc & Michele McCoy when they did the loop enjoyed watching the sunset.  They are so beautiful over the water.

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At dusk and dawn this Marina looks like the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”.  We were hopping they would stay on sailboat side.  Of course they didn’t and I had to wash the presents they left me off our boat.

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Friday Kent and I walked a mile to the  grocery store with our cart.  Now we are a true looper hauling your groceries back to the boat by a cart.  Jamie McDonough and his family Katie, Adien, and Conner are our first non looper guest on the boat.  They drove from Tampa were they now live and will be joining us for dinner at Tone’s.   It was so nice to see them and Jamie was so gracious to pick the kids up at the airport for us.  We had a nice time visiting with them and hope to see them again during our stay in Florida.

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