Monday, March 14, 2011

Special Day at Tarpon Springs with Special Friends!

On Friday, Ken and I left the campground at 8:15 to head to Tarpon Springs to spend the day with Barry and Deb, friends we learned to know at Pine Island.  They planned an exciting full day for us in the area.  Stopped at their Campground and got an overview of the day.

Deb became our chauffer and tour guide around the area.  First we took a driving tour of downtown Tarpon Springs and then drove to 2 beautiful State Parks, both having beach areas.  At Fred Howard Park we watched a kite surfer flying over a ramp and then doing acrobatics.  Fascinating!!  Someone had taken the time to make a heart and cupid in the sand from sea weed.  So, it just had to be a Kodak moment!!

After our driving tour, we parked in downtown Tarpoon Springs to walk around and have lunch at a Greek Restaurant.  The area was founded by the Greeks and they are mostly the folks who do the diving for the sponges.  Deb had a gyro, I had a pork "gyro", and Ken and Barry went for the fried grouper.  (1st time Ken had "fried" grouper on this trip, but certainly not his 1st grouper sandwich). 

We watched a movie about the sponge diving and just a info on sponges in general.  Very interesting!!  Again, there were some Kodak moments.  While we were there we met up with Ron and Kathy from the Keystone Winnies in PA.  What a small world!!!!

After our time in Tarpon Springs, we headed back to their Airstream to load up our bikes and take a short ride on the Rails to Trails in the area.  Passed the Sunshine Primate Sanctuary and saw some of our family (Ken's - just kidding!) and then on the another State Park that had some very interesting history.  Check out the photos!  The Florida State Parks are amazing - so well maintained, massive, and lots of wooden bridges and even lookouts.  Great places to visit!

Back to their CG where we had an enjoyable evening chatting and a delicious dinner of tasty chef's salads with Deb's grilled chicken.  This was truly a special day and we were so appreciative of the planning Barry and Deb had done to make the day so memorable.  Only got back to our campground at 10:15.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't the Pinellas Trail great! We stayed at Dunedin RV Resort over the Christmas holidays, and that gave us the bug to spend the winters in Florida. I really enjoy the Dunedin/Tarpon Springs area. The Greek food and pastries at Tarpon Springs is awsesome. Dunedin is a quaint little town with neat shops and a very good microbrewery, if you are into beer. I hope to make many more trips there in the upcoming years. And, if I were to ever go back to a house or condo, I would seriously consider Dunedin.