Gulf Coast

We are staying on Treasure Island at the Twins Inn Apartments. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it is spacious – especially after 5 nights in small rooms. We have a bedroom – king bed – and living\dining\ kitchen space. Plus! A balcony, all on the second floor with a view. See…

Our pool

Of course I have not used the pool as the ocean is about 1000 steps away. The water (ocean) is about 72 degrees. Cool, but easy to get into and to swim in. Love, love, love it! Here’s a photo from today. So clear!

I go to the beach in the later morning – 9 or 10 or so. I do some exercises for my gimpy leg and foot. Exercising on the sand adds a new dimension.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw this! Advertising, using a giant screen, on a boat. Is no where sacred?

Yesterday and today we went out in the afternoon. 12.7 to St. Petersburg for the Dalí museum. They have a great app that provides information on several paintings. This marks my third viewing of Dalí’s work and it doesn’t get old. I think his autobiography would be worth reading. He was such a character. Amazing technical ability and far out surreal ideas. The two intro videos provide good background.

Other that the museum we stopped for a beer and then home, after picking up takeout brisket, pulled pork, cole slaw, collard greens, potato salad, and baked beans from Grillin’ n Chillin’. Delicious!

Today, 12.8, we drove up the coast to Dunedin. It’s certainly quieter than the Treasure Island area. Some beautiful stately homes along the waterfront – naturally. No photos of those, but here are a few along the walk.

Egret – obviously used to people
Useless gate. Must be historical artifact…?

Walked quiet a bit in Dunedin. There are many parks, a wonderful bike trail that goes all the way to Tarpon Springs, and a long public pier. Here is an interesting bit of history…

Post Dunedin we went 11 minutes north to Ozona. Because I like the name. And because it’s smaller and quieter yet than Dunedin. Still. Still. This whole area is so densely populated that it’s beyond my ken to imagine living here. Traffic! If you make it through a green light it’s a call for champagne! Stop. Go. Stop stop stop go. Ugh! I thought I wanted to see Clearwater, but after driving to it, i just wanted to leave. So we did.

After a satisfying pasta dinner hecho en casa we took a long walk on the beach. As we did last night as well. Right now the moon is a golden Cheshire Cat smile.

Along the beach at the same point both nights, we come upon birds. You hear them first. They parade at water’s edge, or cluster further up on the sand. This is not a good photo, but gives an impression.

Caught in a small rain shower tonight! How lovely and warm and surprising. Refreshing!

4 thoughts on “Gulf Coast

  1. Linnea Hendrickson December 8, 2021 / 10:36 pm

    Lovely. We enjoyed our time in St. Petersburg — were on a chartered boat (my first time on a sailboat big enough to live on), not on the ocean side, but enjoyed walking in the quaint neighborhoods and to the restaurants. The Dali Museum was great and also the St. Petersburg Art Museum. If you get to Sarasota, go to the Ringling house and museum — there is also a circus museum there and beautiful gardens.


    • pgsteele4 December 9, 2021 / 5:44 am

      A sailboat big enough to live on – dreamy. We went to the Ringling a number of years ago. So many that a return would be like seeing it anew. But we won’t get there.


  2. Judy Lochrie December 9, 2021 / 3:04 pm

    Thank you, Paula! I am enjoying your Florida writings while harkening back to my time in the area. I lived right off the Treasure Island causeway for 5 years and wandered around on weekends when John & I weren’t working. So great to learn that Dunedin is still quiet. And how unnerving to see advertising floating around on the Gulf. If you haven’t yet, be sure to drive the Sunshine Skyway bridge to Bradenton. I commuted daily for several months & never ever tired of that part of the drive. One day, a great blue heron was flying next to me/the bridge carrying a fish!

    May your travels continue to delight.


    • pgsteele4 December 9, 2021 / 8:08 pm

      Hi! Glad to hear you are enjoying my posts. Unfortunately we won’t be able to go to Bradenton this trip. But there are so many bridges and causeways to enjoy. On our way here we encountered a sign: Long bridge ahead. Check gas. !!!


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