We headed out for lunch on a warm Sunday in January with the top down. Driving down Bayshore Boulevard, you could see the Tampa skyline.
We hadn’t been over to Davis Islands in a long time so we stopped for a quick walk after lunch at the beach area near the yacht basin.
Driving through downtown Tampa on the way home. The above were taken while sitting at red lights. All pictures were taken with my phone.
My sisters and I took the Cross Bay ferry from St. Pete to Tampa over Thanksgiving weekend one afternoon. When we got to the Tampa side we had a few minutes to walk around before heading back to St. Pete. You can take a later ferry but we took the next ferry back since we had plans later that day and well, we’ve spent a lot of time here before. I snapped the above before getting back on.
Passing back by the big boats as we were leaving.
The view from the upper deck including the selfie with my phone.
Lots of boats were following us out of the channel since it was a beautiful day. It looks like there was a sailboat class in the bottom picture. Lots of tiny white sailboats to the left of the yacht basin.
Bye bye Tampa (at least for a couple of hours).
Boston in the rear view mirror (or should I say from my window seat).
The sky from my window seat including a ring around the sun.
Almost home to Tampa. I could see south Tampa and the Davis Islands yacht basin.
Right before landing we flew over south Tampa.
It’s funny that we took 3 ferry rides while we were in Boston but have never taken the ferry across Tampa bay. It’s hard to do fun tourist things when you are working and on a schedule. When my sisters came to visit we booked the ferry from St. Pete to Tampa. It’s a little less than an hour each way. It was fun hanging out and being a tourist. As we headed to Tampa we got close to the TECO electric plant. It was so nice out that there were a lot of boats on the water.
In the middle of the bay you could see Tampa.
Passing by the ports and Davis Islands yacht basin.
We were close to the big boats at the port.
Heading into the channel. I took a ton of pictures on the trip so more to come.
It’s not often you can get close up to a ruddy duck or a wood duck. They are very different than the common mallards or muscovy ducks that most people see in their neighborhoods.
Turtles and alligators. The funny thing in the bottom picture is that the alligator has his foot on the other alligator’s head.
Scenes from the top deck of the Aquarium, looking down the channel and around the city. I know it looks like it was too pretty a day to be inside but it was so hot and humid that it was nice to spend the morning in air conditioning.
Shots taken while on my walk along the river front in downtown Tampa in July. The above shows the University of Tampa. The main building was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel that opened in 1891 by Henry B Plant (the railroad magnate).
Looking over to Bayshore Boulevard and out towards the bay.
Lots of rowing going on this morning. Kayakers, paddleboarders and members of the Dragon Boat Rowing club were all out on the water.
A different view at the convention center.
In July, I decided to take a break from walking around in the parks and headed to downtown Tampa to take a walk along the riverfront. I headed out early since it was going to be a hot day. Not many people out that early. Just me and a few joggers when I first got there. The downside is that the sun was behind the buildings so it made sunny shots a challenge. The upside was that I was walking in the shade for the first part.
Along the Tampa convention center.
Lots of activities on the water. You can rent boats of all sizes or take a water taxi around the area.
The old Cass street bridge that was built in 1926. Everyone is wondering when they are going to tear it down. It adds a bit of history to the area even if it’s an eyesore.
When I got back to Riverwalk Park, they had turned on the water fountain. I really wanted to walk through there.