5 Down; 8 To Go

IMG_0864We checked off the fifth adventure on our 13 in 13 list this weekend. It didn’t turn out exactly how we planned, but I don’t think it cold have been more perfect. The plan was to launch the boat in Dunedin and motor over to Caladesi Island where we’d spend the day on a relatively secluded beach for the first leg of the trip. However, we considered cancelling on Thursday afternoon due to the extremely rainy weather we’d been experiencing throughout the week and the prediction of more of the same for the weekend. Instead, we decided to make some adjustments – we’d leave the boat at home and just go to Honeymoon Island for the day. That way we wouldn’t have to dodge bad weather in the boat.

Of course, we didn’t have a drop of rain. In fact, the day couldn’t have been more perfect…overcast, slight breeze, mid-seventies. After a few casts and lunch we walked on the north end of Honeymoon Island which was nearly deserted. We walked and walked and walked for close to two hours picked up a few shells, watched dolphins playing just offshore, and occasionally threw a line in the surf.

We checked in our hotel which backed up to the Pinellas Trail and tackled the task of finding a place for dinner. Dunedin is known for its quality local dining establishments, but we finally decided to try Casa Tina’s, described as an upscale Tex-Mex restaurant. It turned out to be a great choice margaritas, black bean nachos, and chicken enchiladas…a little Tres de Mayo (Cinco de Mayo two days early).

The City of Dunedin sponsored a free concert Friday evening so we grabbed a beach towel and walked to the park on the bay for a couple hours of music.

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Our plan for Saturday was to ride the Pinellas Trail to Clearwater and do a little exploring. We stopped at the Green Market and made a couple of purchases then continued past the Toronto Blue Jays minor league stadium and finally down to the marina in Clearwater.

While the thought of Clearwater Beach was enticing, I knew there was no way I could ride over the bridge so we headed back, this time taking the path along the water in the Edgewater Linear Park taking in the view of St. Joseph’s sound and the intracoastal waterway.

We concluded our Dunedin adventure eating lunch at another popular eating spot, Eli’s Bar-B-Q. The best ribs ever.

I’m so glad we didn’t let the weather scare us away. This is a place we’ll return often!