At Clearwater, we visited the Marine Aquarium where Winter the dolphin lives and the movie Dolphin Tail was filmed. We saw Winter and Hope both swimming in their pool area. So we can say we saw Winter in Florida. While we were there, the trainer worked with Winter and gave her massages to help keep her spine as straight as possible due to her missing tail.
From Clearwater Beach Marina, we moved the boat to Marker 1 Marina in Dunedin. On the way, we stopped by No-name Island where we had anchored before. The plan was to stop for a swim and have lunch before we headed into the marina a short distance away. Once anchored, we saw a flock of Roseate Spoonbills fly over. They were such an unusual pink color and sight, they seemed almost like imaginary. After a short swim, we noticed a cloud and fog bank in the distance that seemed to be getting closer. In just a few minutes, the weather changed from “sunny, let’s go for a swim” to “fog, misty rain, and I hope we can find our way.” We quickly pulled anchor and headed for the marina. The fog and misty rain did not last long and we soon found our way into the marina, but it did add some excitement to the trip.
The City of Dunedin has many interesting shops, restaurants, and hosts a Christmas Boat parade. Marker 1 Marina is the staging point for the start of the parade where many boats displayed full holiday dress for the parade. We have never seen that many Christmas lights and decorations on a boat! Some of the boat installations took many days to create. One of the boats even had a live band on the bow. It was great fun to see all the boats lighted and decorated. The best part was watching Christmas lights in shorts, a tee shirt, and sandals.
Clearwater Aquarium where Winter and Hope live
Roseate Spoonbills fly over where we anchored for a swim and lunch
A swim and then storm clouds…..
Boats decorated for the Christmas Light Parade