We took the I-275 bypass to avoid going through Tampa on I-75. The bridge is a toll bridge, but well worth it to avoid all the traffic and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
They have been coming to Dunedin for five years, so are very familiar with the area. They took us on two wonderful bike rides. The whole area around here is excellent for bikers with trails that go from town to town. On Friday we biked 20 miles round trip through Dunedin. I liked this painted dolphin.
We continued on to beautiful Clearwater Beach. What an awesome area. Here we are on the bridge to Clearwater. It was a steep climb, but worth the view. I can understand why Clearwater is such a popular tourist area.
It's fun looking back. We've obviously all aged a bit, but are still enjoying ourselves!
On Saturday they took us on a 15 mile round trip bike ride to Tarpon Springs. It's interesting to see the history of the different towns. Dunedin was settled by Scottish immigrants. Tarpon Springs has a Greek heritage.
We had lunch at a dockside cafe. The gyros were delicious. Sponge diving was a major industry in Tarpon Springs. In the 1930s a disease wiped out a lot of the sponges, but they have made a comeback and are still being harvested. It is quite a touristy area, and there are plenty of sponges for sale.
This statue is a tribute to the divers who lost their lives.
Sue has pictures of all of her family members in the big diving helmet, so we had to have our picture taken together.
Kevin was thrilled to have his picture taken next to the big shark.
Today Alex's sister Cookie and her husband Tom are coming over for a cookout. They also winter in Florida and belonged to the same camping club in Wisconsin. I'm sure there will be plenty more stories and laughs as we reminisce about the good old days.
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