We thought that maybe a trip to see the Manatee's down at Apollo Beach might be a good thing. This is an area where the warm water outflow from the Big Bend Power Plant attracts them to warm up. The first thing I thought of when I saw the power plant, was that young man vaping this morning.
The girl at the front gate told us that the manatees were out in full force this morning and that there were about 200 of them down the boardwalk so off we headed. Did I mention that this attractions is FREE! I love free.
|I always ask Harold for a picture "for the blog" He always tells me NO. Lol He's a good sport.|
There were a lot of Tarpon fish around the Manatee's it seemed. I think they use them for protection because, although I didn't see it, there was a Shark cruising around looking for lunch. Tarpon are fairly large fish themselves and must be 3 to 4 feet long.
We enjoyed just watching all the action in the bay. Back at the main gate they had a place where you could touch the Sting Wrays. They feel kind of silky as they glide by your fingers. No one ever said what they might do if you make them mad. They just said to use only 2 fingers to feel them. Guess that way you won't lose all five fingers if they do slap you. lol
The girls wanted to go look at a spot where we had though about going to camp for a few days but there was no availability right now. They said if you wanted a spot you need to be lined up at the gate at 5 am. Thats not for me thanks. It is right on the bay and if you look across to the West you can see the city of St Petersburg and if you look to the North you see downtown Tampa.
|St Petersburg way over there. Honest!!|
|And Tampa way up there|
By this time we were getting hungry and I had mentioned doing the trolley ride up in Ybor, which is the old cigar district of Tampa. It has a lot of Cuban roots and the downtown area has been refurbished back to what the 50's era was like. So thats where we went next.
The girls looked over the shoulder of a guy with a newspaper and found an add for a neat little bar and grill just up the way.
We headed over there and set ourselves down for a while. The waitress was fantastic and recommended some good food and drinks.
I wandered around and got some shots of where we were sitting while we waited for our food.
We just happened to be right by the main trolley station so won't have to walk far to catch it.
Just inside the little mall and outside the bar door were some patrons playing Corn Hole. That is one game I have not played yet and it looked like they were having a lot of fun. Maybe we will have to get one.
Our waitress took our traditional eating picture to prove that we were there. Although lunch was not FREE, it was very good.
|This is what she looks like at sea. Not my picture.|
On our way back to the car parking lot, we heard a rooster crowing. Low and Behold there was a flock of chickens and roosters just hanging out by the railroad tracks right by the main street. It brought back memories of when we visited Cuba where we heard roosters crowing all the time.
Because it was dark when we got home, here was the view out our window on Friday morning. Everyone must have enjoyed a good bonfire last night.