We had a super fun, rainy day in Tarpon Springs.
Our first stop was to the Mad Hatter General Store. To say that I love this store is an understatement.
The store is a mix of steampunk, clothing boutique/Alice in Wonderland, vintage reproductions/whimsical what-nots, Made in the USA stuff, and hats. Lots and lots of hats!
I seriously want everything in there. I can’t go unsupervised.
My husband was modeling the hats for me. And yes, I bought this one.
After checking out a few more shops and antique stores, we headed over to the Sponge Docks.
We got caught in a downpour, so we had to run for cover. Unfortunately, we couldn’t even make it to a shop.
After the rain stopped, we wandered over to Hellas for an awesome Greek meal.
We had Hummus and Pita Bread for an appetizer. Yum!
I made the mistake of ordering a Chocolate, Baklava Martini before dinner arrived. It was very good, very naughty and very strong.
The food is really, really good here.
And then I got a Strawberry Sangria with dinner…
We didn’t forget about Dessert. You can’t go to Hellas without getting Dessert. Nope!
I had the Cannoli cake, and hubby had the Tiramisu. Both were excellent. The boys were being pills and skipped it. SMH…
After we ate, we did a little more shopping, and then settled down for what we were hoping would be a relaxing cruise up the Anclote River.
It looks like they’re ready for Fall! I’d better get hopping with my decorations too.
Even though it had already rained, it was still pretty warm and humid. I was looking forward to the cool breeze from the boat ride. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. This was one of those times.
Hey, look at that guy! I dunno for sure… But it looks like he’s spent too much time out in the sun. That’s what happens when you don’t use sunblock!
The cruise started off great!
This house was used in the movie, “Beneath the 12 mile reef.”
We passed by Anclote Key State Park...
The Pelicans were chilling out on the Sandbar, and we had a great view of the Anclote Key Lighthouse.
And then all of a sudden… Out of nowhere…
A big squall came through. We ran for cover to the back of the boat, but it didn’t make any difference. The wind was gusting, the boat was rocking back and forth (to the point where it felt like it would tip over,) the rain was coming in sideways… This was a big one. Wow!
People were screaming, little kids were crying. It was Crazy! All I could think about was not getting my pocket-book and camera wet. I put my camera in my bag and sandwiched it between me and my husband. Amidst the chaos, I’m pretty sure we were the only ones who thought it was funny, and who were laughing hysterically. For me it was just par for the course. Business as usual. Things like this happen to us all the time. It took a while for them to batten down the hatches, and pull down the plastic windows. By then it was too late, we were all soaked to the bone.
Once things calmed down a bit, and we were headed back in, the captain shouted “Free Beer on us!” Lol. It made some folks happy.
Uggh!!! I felt like a drowned rat. I definitely wasn’t hot anymore.
We stopped to rescue a family with two young children, who were stranded on their small boat. I suspect the engine was flooded. Poor babies.
By the time we made it back in, the storm had passed.
We overhead the captain telling another guy, and I quote, “it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a waterspout like that.” Wait, what??? Waterspout? Sigh…
We arrived back to land a little frazzled, but none the worse for the wear. They gave us a non-expiring rain check for next time. I think we’ll wait a little while before a do-over.