To continue on my weekend adventures. On Satutday morning I got up early after a late Friday night and was trying to decide if I wanted to make the 1 hour drive to Dunedin to link up with one of my other meetup groups called “The Tampa Bay Adventurers w”ho were going to Kayak or Boat to Caladesi Island on Honeymoon Bay. I could just go to the gym like I would normally do as part of my regular routine and then just hill for the rest of the afternoon since the weather initially looked like it might rain, but that would make for a boring day or I could take the chance and make the drive to Dunedin and see what happens. I decided to just go for the gusto and off to Dunedin I went.
Because of my recent leg issues and some biopsies that were recently done, I decided it was best to minimize getting my leg to wet, so I decided to just drive to Honeymoon State Park and then take the ferry over to Caladesi Island, walk the mile along the beach and then meet up with everyone in the group that way.
The day really turned out to alot of fun. I didn’t really know that many of the people from this group initially, but by the end of the day, I made so many new friends! “The Tampa Bay Adventures” do so many things in the Tampa/St Petersburg and surrounding area from boating, kayaking, beaching, dancing, going to concerts and festivals, biking, dining and of course drinking cocktails! The group has over 1,200 members, so they are quite active and there are so many things that people within the group organize and you can just pick and choose which ones interest you and just RSVP on line.
For the event on Saturday, we had about 150 people attend and the event was combined with another group called “The Slackers” which means simply Laidback Adventures, Campers and Kayakers who primarily do alot of outdoor stuff.
I really hit it off with the main hosts from both of the groups rather quickly. Sheila from The Slackers and Katherine from The Tampa Bay Adventurers were so much fun and they quickly introduced me to so many people. It truly was a great day and the weather turned out to be just perfect! I’m glad I decided to go !
Hope you enjoy all the photos and short video clips that I will post in this blog…. as they say….pictures speak a thousand words!
Boating over to Caledesi Island
Photo below of me walking the mile along the beach to meet the group.
Shiela is the “Slacker” host in the “cowperson” hat and Katherine the “Tampa Bay Adventurers” host is the brunet with the yellow sun glasses to the left of Shiela. They were so welcoming and so much fun!
Hollywood, Jet-Set Crew!
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no it’s just a guy who had too many jello shots and had no idea what he was doing!
The video above is of a guy trying to ride the bull without falling off. A lot of people had so much fun with this float! Was tougher to do the more beers or jello shots you had!
The above video was so funny and I was lucky to capture it. While this guy (Jonny) was leaning on the boat, he didn’t realize that the boat was starting to drift. He lost his balance and ended up falling right into the water! He was caught off guard! I should sent this video clip to the America Funniest Videos show. May take 1st place!
Later in the day, the guy that owned this boat (Grant from South Africa) offered to give me a lift back to Honeymoon State Park, rather than to have me walk the mile along the beach and then wait for the ferry. I took him and the others in his crew up on the offer. While enroute back, we rescued one of the kayaking crews that capsized while they were enroute back to the shore. Unfortunately the girl lost her I-Phone in the water. The next three photos shows this rescue.
The girl in this photo was just sitting there on the boat enjoying her beer and didn’t realize that there was a big sea monster (see large hand to the left of her) ready to steal her beer! Never can be too careful! This was an interesting photo shot !
We even got a chance to swim with the Dophins!
After the event, I went ahead and met my boat crew along with some others at a place called “Marker 8” where we drank some more cocktails and socialized for several more hours.
Our live entertainment at “Marker 8”
0ur waitress at the bar and restaurant. She was so sweet!
Have A Great Week!