Cataraqui Reflections

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pictures and memories of Clearwater Beach Florida in February 2016

I have finally downsized and edited the pictures I took in Florida. The weather was a little cool for this 10 day sojourn in the sun. Here we go. The pictures and story should follow a roughly chronological path.

There were many birds there. Here's a few pics I took during the course of my stay.
This osprey came to visit my balcony on my first day. Looks like he flew long and hard to get there.

Next are the birds I saw on the Clearwater beach, near the pier.

Pelicans were everywhere, always welcoming a treat or just waiting for one to come along.

Then there was the pier itself, known as Pier 60.

The white sands of Clearwater Beach.

A reminder that you're not in Kansas anymore, but in hurricane alley.

Got to go out on the water in the Pirate Ship.

People of all ages enjoyed this ride on a very windy day. This is my friend Viviane with one of the younger passengers from Ohio.

I also got to go out on the water in the Calypso Queen. What fun!

I met these amazing people from Eau Claire Wisconsin, Ariel and Kris, here with Viviane.

The DJ Curtiss, let me sing a song or two.

There was the sailboards and boats on the windy days (which was pretty much every day).

My room in Pier House 60 faced east so there were many beautiful sunrises.

I visited the Clearwater Beach Aquarium. There was this convenient Jolly Trolley to get us there.

Shipwreck Alley led to the dolphin viewing area.
Winter, one of the stars, came right up to the window to say hello.
Winter will cavort for a treat every time.

Did lots of this.

And maybe too much of this (at least one night).

This is a picture of the Pier House 60 Hotel I stayed in. Very nice accomodation quite close to the pier and the beach itself.

Two days after I returned home to Trenton, I traded white sand for lots of white snow. Sigh.

Oh well. It was nice to be somewhere else for a while.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cool Windy Day In Clearwater Florida

Friday in Clearwater was not the kind of day I was wanting or expecting. The wind was out of the north and strong, chilling me right to the bone. I had put on long pants and a light windbreaker with a hood, which I wore over my hair to keep it from blowing in my eyes all the time.

My friend Viviane and I rode the Jolly Trolley around the beach area of Clearwater to get the lay of the land. These old fashioned looking buses were great for getting around when I was in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago, and we liked taking in the sights this way. We were warm and got to figure out where the stores we wished to visit were located.

Here are some pictures.
The pelicans hang around hoping to catch a meal in the shallow waters of the marina.

This cool looking boat wasn't active due to the cold weather, but it looks like it would be a fun ride.

There were sand dunes in places between the road and the actual beach.

This lifeguard station had a turtle as a marker.

A picture of the same lifeguard station from the hotel's 7th floor, taken today (Saturday 06 Feb).

Haven't been on this boat yet, but it looks like it will be a fun ride!
I'm hoping for a warmer day to go out on the water.

This brings me to today, Saturday 06 February. This was the sunrise.
Not as pretty as yesterday's, but the forecast is calling for a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 15c/59f. As long as the wind is light, I will be happy with that.