Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tues on Anclote Key
After a leisurely morning, Jo and I headed off on an adventure. We took a drive along Alt. 19 and up the cause way to Honeymoon Island with her writing down phone no.s of possible rental/buy condos for her and Bill for next winter. We headed back to Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Docks for lunch (gyros of course) and boarded the boat for the two hour ride around the area.
Our boat guide was knowledgeable and entertaining and pointed out this Osprey mama and her fledgling peeking out of their next on the top of a marker buoy. We had a family of three dolphins play in and out of the boats wake for a good fifteen minutes and finally made landfall at Anclote Key.
The lighthouse here is over 100 years old and is fixed to a metal plate rather than into the ground. The boat guide told us that way the lighthouse could be moved in times of hurricanes etc. but it is pretty tall and I think this must have only been undertaken in situations of duress.
We hiked out to the lighthouse about a quarter of a mile from the beach and got some great shots. There is a boardwalk which is great as the surrounding island is pretty overgrown and wild. I can't imagine how the lightkeeper and his family could live out here but live they did.
Our ride home was cool and refreshing after which we did a bit of shopping. E fixed us his famous seared salmon with a bean ragout in a merlot wine reduction for supper followed by baklava from the bakery here in town.
Today we are heading to Ybor City for lunch at the Columbia. Yummmmmmmmmmm!