touring with Old School Bill

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crossing the bay

I arrived in Tampa late on Friday night and crashed at the motel.  In the morning I gave Old School Bill a call and he came over to show me around the city.  I was up for just about anything.  I didn't really need to do the touristy stuff, I just wanted to enjoy the weather.  It was perfect weather here.  75-80 degrees, sunny, warm breeze.  Perfect. 

First we drove across the bay and visited Dog Beach - a local beach that was pretty empty.  I was excited to put my feet in the bay.  Back across the bay again, we stopped in a little park to watch a barge go through a canal and look for a couple geocaches.  We didn't find the two we looked for, so we took off.

my feet in the bay
 

We drove around some more and stopped at one of Old School's favorite restaurants - La Teresita.  I got the recommended pork special and it was DELICIOUS!  Yum!  The service was great and the food arrived quickly. 

With full bellies, we drove off to look around Davis Island.  We passed an air show at the airport on the island and drove by the super wealthy gated community on the opposite island.  Next stop was the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship.  It is part of a big festival celebrating the pirating history of the area.  I was a little nervous to climb up on it because it was a 3 ft gap and a 10 foot drop to the water and I was certain I would fall in.  But I didn't.  I'm not sure if I should post the pic, as it may be evidence.

Dog beach

Next we stopped at Williams Park.  I was happy to see sharks in the water, but then I realized they were dolphins.  I guess those are pretty cool, too.  Bill brought me to a local bar, the Rivers Edge, where we sat and enjoyed a beer out on the patio overlooking the water.  Very nice and relaxing.  We chatted about places we've traveled, people we've met, and just enjoyed the day.  It was a very low tide, so there were no boats pulled up to the docks of the bar. 

My family was to arrive shortly, so Bill and I parted ways.  I decided to check out some geocaches while I waited.  I stopped at a little park over by the football stadium, then I drove over to Cypress Point Park - wow!  Beautiful park!  I walked along the shore, over the dunes and along a paved trail.

driving back
  I stopped at a few geocaches and caught a beautiful sunset.  What a great place to watch sunsets!  There is also a place where the landing planes fly right over you, very low.  It was a little scary.  It was pretty windy, so you could see the planes struggling to make a smooth landing.  It felt like they would fall right out of the sky and land on you.  But still, very cool.

I got back to the hotel just as my family was pulling in.  We had to make an emergency trip to the mall so my brother in law could get his phone replaced at the Apple Store.  We decided to just eat somewhere over there.  We walked through the International Plaza Mall and back outside to a very interesting outside mall area.  It was like an open air mall, but with mostly restaurants and bars.  We sat at a table outside and enjoyed the night while eating.  Nothing much exciting, just went back to the hotel for the night.

missandrea81 says:
Very cool!
Posted on: Dec 07, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Great to meet Old School Bill isn't it? Glad u have a great time there;)
Posted on: Nov 09, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Sounds like a full and happy time.... Sounds like Old School Bill let you in on some local secrets... Hard to find the best restaurants if you are new in town..... I liked this blog.... good job.
Posted on: Nov 08, 2009
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crossing the bay
crossing the bay
my feet in the bay
my feet in the bay
Dog beach
Dog beach
driving back
driving back
LPG under coast guard protection i…
LPG under coast guard protection …
Me at Gandy Park
Me at Gandy Park
Palm trees on the bay
Palm trees on the bay
Derek Jeter lives somewhere near h…
Derek Jeter lives somewhere near …
Old School watering his plants
Old School watering his plants
airshow
airshow
rich people on Howard island
rich people on Howard island
Tampa from Davis Island
Tampa from Davis Island
a pirate on a pirate ship, arrgh!
a pirate on a pirate ship, arrgh!
a landlubber
a landlubber
Jose Gasparilla pirate ship
Jose Gasparilla pirate ship
story of Jose Gasparilla
story of Jose Gasparilla
pelican on dock
pelican on dock
sailboats
sailboats
a shark - um, or a dolphin
a shark - um, or a dolphin
fishing on the pier
fishing on the pier
cranes
cranes
Rivers Edge bar at low tide
Rivers Edge bar at low tide
having a beer by the water
having a beer by the water
low tide
low tide
cool old tree at the bar
cool old tree at the bar
Bucs Stadium
Bucs Stadium
stadium from across the street
stadium from across the street
Cypress Point beach
Cypress Point beach
cross section of a dun
cross section of a dun
me by some pretty grass
me by some pretty grass
walking along the beach
walking along the beach
pretty grass
pretty grass
more pretty grass
more pretty grass
dune and tall trees
dune and tall trees
tree bark looks different than b…
tree "bark" looks different than …
plane coming in for a landing
plane coming in for a landing
yikes, its right overhead!
yikes, its right overhead!
Cypress Point park near sunset
Cypress Point park near sunset
trying to catch the sunset
trying to catch the sunset
sunset through rose colored glasse…
sunset through rose colored glass…
Sunset at Cypress Point Park
Sunset at Cypress Point Park
watching the sunset
watching the sunset
outdoor dining at International Pl…
outdoor dining at International P…
Hmm, a Christmas tree already?
Hmm, a Christmas tree already?
Back entrance to the mall
Back entrance to the mall
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