Clearwater Beach

Sunset on Clearwater Beach

by grace on March 27, 2020

Life here in Springfield right now : warmer. still coughing. daffodils starting to come up, yay for that.

Back in Florida, BCV: after they took away our beach chairs Mom and I found a picnic table to sit at at the end of the Clearwater Beach pier. here’s a pretty terrible panorama, but you an see mom there on the lower right, talking to this old guy who came up to us. he clearly lonely and chatty and we talked to him for quite a while.

I think this might be my best sunset photo ever because of the spectacular sailing vessel out there. I took about 10 pictures of it, and this one was the winner.

As the sun slipped almost to the horizon a few people were already packing up and heading out.

I asked the old guy to take a picture of me and mom but he wanted to be in the shot…

And that’s the sunset finale.

We headed back to the Clearwater Beach Marina to wait for the ferry to take us back to Dunedin. I brightened up this photo so you can see the pelicans. They’re waiting for the guy under the umbrella to throw out the fish refuse while cleaning the fish to prepare at the restaurant.

Here’s a video where you can sort of make out the pelicans scrambling to get the fish. The place is called the Bait House, a restaurant, bar and tackle shop. i looked them up on facebook and they finally closed down on March 18th. I hope they’re doing ok.

In the background of the video you can hear a guy going “whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa,” and I think was bouncing a kid up and down. over and over. incredibly annoying.

it felt like we waited quite a while for the ferry but it finally arrived and quickly took us back to Dunedin. A mighty chilly ride and it made me think of Toun, who has been so cold many times on our boat.

When we docked I was desperately hungry and we found this fantastic restaurant just around the block from where our car was parked, across from the Dunedin Pier. It’s called Sea Sea Riders and it was soooo delicious. It helped that i was so very hungry. I wolfed down a fantastic chowder and then got this big healthy salad with fish on top. I looked them up on Facebook and they finally Covid-closed on March 25th which seems much too late.

I took this picture so i could remember the place.

This lovely fountain was in between the restaurant, which you can see there in the back, and our parking spot.

After we got back to our place I had a large glass of wine with the last piece of the yummy cake from Barb.

I’m getting close to the end of the posts from Florida; we spent one more full day there, and then had many hours to kill before getting on our plane home on Tuesday.

ok then, keep washing your hands,

G.H.

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Clearwater Beach

by grace on March 26, 2020

Life update: same as yesterday, except we had some sunshine yesterday. Still spending most of my day on the couch, coughing continues. but it’s getting warmer and soon i’ll be sitting around outside.

But before all this…we arrived at the Clearwater Beach dock on the afternoon of Sun. Feb. 23rd and quite a few people were milling around. They were headed over to the beach, and lots and lots of cars were everywhere.

We followed the crowd to the pier which seemed quite full of people and looked out over the beach which had way too many people on it for my taste.

It’s rated the second beach in Florida on Trip Advisor. I think the highest-rated places must be rated so high because there are so many people who go there. A lovely little beach like Pass-A-Grille isn’t rated as high because there aren’t enough people to rate it, which is fine with me. It’s ironic that i was complaining in the video about how crowded it was, when a few weeks later Clearwater Beach was all over the news because really stupid college kids were crowded onto the beach during spring break, passing coronavirus around. Whew.

We walked off the pier and started to hunt for a place to eat, ending up at a cute little outdoor place off the main street.

We got back to the beach at about 3:00, and there weren’t quite as many people. I tried to find some chairs and an umbrella; some hotel was renting them. there were rows and rows of chairs and umbrellas, and i think the price for a couple of loungers and an umbrella was around $120. Seriously? The chairs in the rows farther away from the beach were cheaper.

Highway robbery. Beach robbery, anyway.

Nearer the pier, the city offered loungers and umbrellas which were reasonably-priced, but the guy said they were available until 5:00. “what happens after 5?” i asked. he said they came around and took them all away. Oh well, at least we had some time.

I think we got a reduced rate because it was so late in the day.

I took a walk, of course.

I took this video while walking on the beach.

I finally came back and sat on the beach for a little while, and we watched as they started to take the loungers away way down the beach. They got tto us closer to 5:30, so we walked back to the pier. The crowds had really thinned out at that point.

My video from the pier.

A bunch of vendors had set up along the pier, offering lots of crappy souvenirs for sale. We found a good place to sit on a bench outside an ice cream place. I wasn’t in the mood for ice cream because it was getting a bit windy and brisk. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin Out my Back Door” blasted out from some speaker and that really made me miss Kevin. Maybe he’ll play that again on his guitar since we have such a lot of free time.

I suddenly realize i have plenty more photos of the rest of our day (although i’ve already done an amazing job of whittling down the number of sunset photos!), so that’ll have to wait til tomorrow.

ok then,

g.h. at home.

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Another beach!

by grace on March 25, 2020

Life update – not as much coughing, plus the sun might actually come out today which would be fantastic.

Back in Florida, before everything shut down:

Sunday Feb. 23rd was warm and wonderful and i went for a good run. Here’s me in front of the door to our rental house.

Today we were headed to Clearwater Beach, rated as the 2nd best beach in Florida on Trip Advisor. Hmm. More on my opinion of that later.

I read that parking is difficult to find in Clearwater so I booked us tickets on the Clearwater Ferry. We had the option of going on Sunday or Monday, but the ferry only ran on Sunday, so that settled it. You can only buy tickets online ahead of time.

We could have taken the ferry from Clearwater to Clearwater Beach but there was a huge blues festival in Clearwater that day so they advised us that it might be impossible to find parking. Instead, we drove to Dunedin, a smaller town just north of Clearwater.

The drive to Dunedin wasn’t bad; we avoided the highway and it took about hour to get there. Dunedin sounded like a cute little town and I’d hoped we’d get there in time to walk about a bit. But we stopped at a Publix for some snacks on the way and by the time we parked in Dunedin there wasn’t time for any strolling.

But it was a glorious day and the pier was bustling plus there were plenty of pelicans.

Birds everywhere.

This car was parked in the parking lot and many guys were circling it, checking it out and taking photos so i decided to do the same because I figured Kevin would enjoy it, plus he’d be able to easily identify it.

I also took a very short video clip of the car. Kevin says he doesn’t know if it was a Mach One or Two, not the most critical thing in the world.

Soon we could see the ferry coming in. I think it was scheduled to depart at 1:15.

Video of its arrival.

I wish i’d gotten a good picture of this, but at least you can maybe tell what’s going on in the video. a boat had clearly broken down and this other boat was towing it with no boat. Crazy. I’m pretty sure you’re required to have a rope on your boat and am amazed that neither boat must have had one. they were creeping along, with people on both boats cling to the other.

We all boarded. good times.

Plenty of birds atop the pilings on the pier.

The bay side of Clearwater Beach in the distance.

Here’s yet another seemingly abandoned sailboat. Maybe it’s just moored like that? Don’t know.

The ride was supposed to take 50 minutes but it was only maybe half an hour. it was fun to be out on the water for that short time.

And then…Clearwater Beach. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.

ok then,

Mrs. staying at home with plenty of time to post things hughes.

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