16/17/18-NOV-2020 Tuesday-Thursday – Turtle Cove Marina, Tarpon Springs FL (0 nautical miles 0 statute miles)
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
It felt so good to sleep in today. First thing we did went we got up was to go to the office and request another day. And then the next morning, another day.
We had been warned about low tide in the marina.
Turtle Cove Marina is a large marina.
Along the Way
First on the agenda was electrical parts and West Marine for two new fender lines. We jumped on the Jolly Trolly road it for about a mile jumped off and walked the rest of the way (and back).
The walk to West Marine and parts store.
The sign at West Marine reminded us to social distance at 1 fathom (6 feet)
We walked back streets to get return to the boat.
Last stop was for Dale to buy guitar strings.
Once back at the boat Dale MacGyvered in a solution for a loose wire in the air conditioner. A couple days ago it blew a fuse and melted the fuse holder. He will fix it permanently when he can get the parts he really wanted.
Scoot Scoot Scooting Around
Jim and Susan, we checked out your suggestion to go see Howard Island, the popsicle on the left in the below map. Our marina is near Rusty Bellies on the right. Dodecanese Blvd, where the Historic Sponge District is, runs East-West along that section of the Anclote River.
Outdoor seating at Rusty Bellies for lunch. I was going for a tonsils photo shot.
Same bird new location.
Quick tour of Historic Tarpon Springs Sponge District down Dodecanese Blvd, heading west.
Anclote River Waterfront
Then back up Dodecanese Blvd, heading east.
Dan H, I took these pictures for you. Every display case in Hellas Bakery.
Both my FitBit and my tummy has been happy here in Tarpon Springs.
In 1887, John Cheney discovered money could be made by harvesting the sponges growing in the waters of the Gulf. By 1890, the sponge industry was firmly established in Tarpon Springs.
In the next few years, experienced divers from Greece were brought to Tarpon Springs. By using rubberized diving suits and helmets, they increased harvests. By 1905, over 500 Greek sponge divers were at work using 50 boats.
In the 1940s, blight reduced the growth of sponges and by the 1950s sponging as a profitable industry was nearly wiped out. However, in the 1980s, new sponge beds were found. Now, Tarpon Springs is back to being a leader in the world’s natural sponge market.
Drolleries and Yuks
How many Greeks does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A Greek was trying to figure out how long a day was.
But after 24 hours he called it a day.
Who is the most attractive Greek mythological figure?
I don’t know about you, but Medusa always gets me rock hard.
The Greeks invented the threesome
But it was the Romans who thought of adding women
In Ancient Greek mythology, Chiron was a half-horse, half-human doctor.
He was the Centaur for Disease Control.
The word “Politics” is derived from two Greek words
“Poly” meaning “many” and “ticks” meaning “blood sucking creatures”