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New meaning to the word 'houseboat'

Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay

First time towing our dingy on the entire trip

$2/day to land our dingy at this beach bar in downtown Sarasota

Posing with the grapefruits and cactus

Anchored in Sarasota

Ah This is the Life!

Watching the sun set behind Bird Key from our anchorage in Sarasota...

Feeding the birds

Exploring the beautiful Keys around Sarasota by dingy

Mystery tree

The stretch from Tarpon Springs down the west coast to the southern tip of mainland Florida is known as the "Sun Coast".

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 days in Tarpon Springs. We spent an evening in the Entertainment District and ended up at a friendly little bar where it was "Ladies Night" so free drinks pour moi. Good thing because when we discovered it was also Karaoke night it was all I could do to keep the Captain from leaving. He hates Karaoke but we had a great time at this particular one. We met several locals and before long we had a song dedicated to their "new Canadian friends". As we watched the antics including one rather large girl who was a closet pole dancer John quietly suggested that "this was the reason you should never give free drinks to women".

From Tarpon Springs we cruised south and spent a night anchored off scenic Longboat Key. This morning after a little fishing we continued on 12 miles and anchored in front of downtown Sarasota. We were here 2 winters ago by car visiting John's parents and I remember vividly walking along the gorgeous waterfront in Sarasota and being amazed by the large liveaboard community just off shore. I have wanted to visit here by boat ever since and voila, here we are. There are so many boats anchored here that it reminds us very much of the time we spent in Boot Key Harbour, Marathon last winter.

We dingied to shore and found a little beach bar where you can leave your dingy for $2/day and walked around downtown and along the waterfront park. It is a gorgeous, hot, sunny day and we are thrilled to be here.

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