One of the first settler’s wives saw that the Anclote River was bountiful with a fish she thought was tarpon. Turns out, it was mullet. Mullet Springs?? I don’t think so. We are stuffing ourselves with the most wonderful Greek food. Spanokopita, Pastitso, Mousaka, Dolmades, Keftedes. I’m taking pounds of domestic cheese (feta) & kalamatas with me when we leave tomorrow. English is the 2nd language here. I didn’t understand a word they were saying. It was all Greek to me!!! LOL!!! Had a fun cocktail hour with “Phantom of the Aqua” and “Full Circle”. Heard two really good jokes that I will try to remember and repeat when appropriate. One last fantastic Greek meal and we are off at high tide tomorrow morning, 7:10am. Life if Good!
ONE GREAT DAY IN TARPON SPRINGS!
We are up early for high tide but alas, we are fogged in. Watched the water level drop for 2 hours and eased out at 9 AM without a bump (a boat the morning before was not so lucky). Followed a pirate ship from Tarpon to Clearwater (a short hop of 15 miles) and were snug in a new slip before lunch. Half a dozen Loopers here including Ajax (haven’t seen them since Carrabelle) and Lola Marie (from Steinhatchee). Also Lady Pamela from our yacht club in Guntersville is here, but her owner and crew do not seem to be around. Toured on bikes for 3 hours and cooked Grouper on the boat for dinner using Sally Mullis’ recipe she fed us in Panama City. It is wonderful and worth passing along:
Wash filets and sprinkle with lemon juice and garlic powder.
Slice red onion thin and lay on top (plus I added some capers)
Smear Hellman's mayo on top of filet and top with cracker crumbs or bread crumbs
Bake 375 degrees for 20 minutes (It should start turning golden grown)
(Increase cooking time if filets are real thick or you have a lot of them)
Clearwater has a great beach, lots of good restaurants and shops, but the thing we noticed most was the contrast. While they have their share of modern high rise condo complexes, they have just as many two story, mom & pop, retro looking motels from the 50’s era. The kind that evoke that warm, fuzzy and pleasant nostalgic feeling with memories of playing shuffleboard and spending 8 hours a day in the pool when you were a kid.
We enjoyed the day, went to the Sunset Celebration at Pier 60 and then went to dinner at Frenchy’s with friend’s Bill and Debbie off Ajax. We will be leaving for St Pete tomorrow and Ajax (who has family here) will be here until after New Year’s and will then return home to Bon Secour. We are glad to know that they live close to us and we will definitely see them again after we complete the Loop. Already 1/6 of our trip is over and it is unbelievable how fast time is flying. If my hormone pack didn’t have the days of the week printed on it I would never know what day it was. But I do know that every day is a holiday and every meal is a feast!