After a great, and unique for us, Christmas in Dunedin we are moving again. This is a first for us. We’ve enjoyed Christmas in Michigan or Minnesota, but never Florida. It hardly seems possible the month of December flew by so fast. We chartered Captain Jared’s fishing charter as a gift for a half day of fishing. He came highly recommended and we understand why—he’s young, energetic, and knew his craft and the local area. Steve, Andrew, and Amanda headed out in search of big fish. They were not disappointed returning with their quota of 11 speckled trout and 1 huge redfish. Our children and grandchildren are now safely back home. For some odd reason, the boat seems larger and quieter. We feel blessed to share Christmas with all of them in this warm climate.
Beginning January 1, 2017, we traveled to a protected anchorage right in front of the Loews Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The building is pink and looks like an old castle/palace and it is just a short distance from the boat and serves ice cream. The motel was originally opened in 1928 and served the rich and famous for many years. When the owner died, the building eventually was purchased by the US army and served as a hospital in the 1940s. In the 1970s, it was restored and returned to use as a hotel. It has been featured in many movies and is called the Pink Palace.
We took our bikes to shore via a dinghy and explored the area. We found a casual lunch place, Brass Monkey, overlooking St. Petersburg beach. Life is good.
We plan to head out to an Island called Egmont Key for our next destination.
Loews Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida