Florida: Three Major Destinations

Tampa

In October 2017, the crew headed to old haunts in Tampa to revel with fellow Mama Guava Stumblers in Tampa’s historic Ybor City.  The festival is now known as Guavaween.

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Before the Real Trouble Is that Buccaneer Beer?

 

We’ve posted a very small sample of the craziness we saw.  This event has grown to the size and feel of a small Mardi-Gras (complete with bead currency).  I was here about 10 years ago, and it was simply a glorified pub crawl.  Now, whole streets are cordoned off and stages set up for big band entertainment.  We had the dubious pleasure of catching Blue Oyster Cult in action.

 

 

The next day, the weather was beautiful, and the crew hooked up with Barbee and headed off to Raymond James Stadium using a Florida car rental to watch the World Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers crush the upstart Dallas Cowboys.

 

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The Road to the Stadium Chris & Suzie Out Front Barbee and Sons Inside

 

This was the first visit to the Buccaneers’ new stadium for everyone, so we had to check out all the stuff in Buccaneer Cove at the North end of the Field.

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Beer in front of Pirate Ship Everyone in the Cove Ship Stern Detail

Pinellas

The Tampa Bay area is surrounded by the city of Tampa and mainland Florida to the north and east and by a small peninsula of beach communities to the west, known as Pinellas County.  The county includes the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater and several smaller communities.

One great way to tour this coast is by boat.  Luckily our good buddy, Mike Longnecker, offered to take us out on a fine beer-soaked cruise.

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Megan Enjoying the Florida Lifestyle Relegated to the Back of the Boat
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John’s Pass View A Sunny Day Boating Just Got Another Beer Everybody Posing
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Hangin’ Out at John’s Pass View from the P-Pav Bar

 

 

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Patio Lunchtime Notice the Empties Quite at Home here An Afternoon Stroll

When we visit the St. Pete / Clearwater area, we are fortunate enough to stay at Chez Barbee in Seminole.  The neighborhood is very close to all the beach stuff.  We have a few quick photos of our accommodations and cats.

Thank you, Barb for putting us up when we visit.  And also, thanks for buying all that beer!

During a break in the game I got a shot of downtown Tampa as seen from Raymond James Stadium.  When I grew up here, Tampa had only one tall building (the blocky black and tan shape in the forefront).

Now I hardly recognize the place.  But I still continue to avidly cheer for the Bucs from the left coast.

Key West

The Conch Republic consists of the oddest mix of people: salty dogs, gays, preppies, drunks, and tourists.  Sometimes a little bit is just not enough.  Some times recovery can be quick.  Sometimes recovery can take an extra long time.  Who knows what happened here?  We don’t know who this guy is, but I’d guess he’s formulating a plan to live in Key West permanently.