Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tarpon Springs Florida - Day Trip

Wow, the blog has been quiet for a while.  Jan has been working at her seasonal nursing job.  While she is working I have continued to do projects around the winter home.  On her days off we try to do some relaxing or adventure things.  I have been able to read a few good books and check out a few good movies.  We have been on walks about the neighborhood and a few drives into the countryside.  I have done some car maintenance and visited some family a few hours away in Sebastian FL.  Weather in Florida this year has been 'out of the norm', as has much of the country.  December was colder then normal, lows 35 +/- and highs 60 +/-, about 10 - 15 degrees below average. NO SNOW, but we still hibernated a lot!   January was wetter than normal, but temps were more normal and we had mostly nice days.  February has been warmer and dryer than normal, and QUITE NICE!  Temps have been lows of 60 +/- and highs of 78 +/-; no heat running, windows open all the time.  Really, really nice.

We did get some gardening done.  I also have some RV maintenance items on the list of 'to do'.  MAY will be departure month.

We did have one particularly nice day trip to Tarpon Springs, Florida.  You can find photos here of our little adventure, password is shadow.  Tarpon Springs was settled in the late 1800's and had only a few hundred residents.

 One of the photos is a museum home and the architecture is typical of earlier Florida style homes.  Soon after, many Greek immigrants settled the area and began sponge diving, putting Tarpon Springs more firmly on the map.
There is a strong Greek history and presence still in the area.  The sponge docks area is a very interesting stop, as are the old town, the old parks and the Howard Park Beach.
 We will be going back to see that museum, a classic car museum and ride the sight seeing boat of the area.  If you are ever in the Tampa area, this is a worthwhile visit.  We had a very enjoyable day and a beautiful sunset too.

So far, our move to and life in Florida has been everything we had hoped it would be.  We are looking forward to Jan's seasonal job coming to an end and a new 6 month adventure on the road.  We have plans to be on the southeast coast in May, Virginia in June, in the mountains somewhere during the summer, and work out way to Texas in the late summer.  We will be back in Florida by November 1.

1 comment:

  1. glad to hear that all is well with you and Jan, and that you are enjoying your retirement lifestyle in Florida!..I would venture to bet that you are counting down the time till you can be on the road travelling!!