Palm Harbor Marina to Englewood

Saturday, April 19, 2014 We had a great night's sleep and woke to sunny skies and cooler temps. Bob made us our usual Sunday breakfast even though it was Saturday. We didn't have far to go today to get to our Englewood Beach anchorage near Stump Pass State Park. We arrived at 10:00 and dropped anchor.

 
 
The winds today were blowing 10-15 mph with gusts to 24 mph. Crossing Lemon Bay we had white caps with winds out of the west. We tucked in close to shore to be protected from the winds. We hung around on the boat for awhile to make sure the anchor was holding. Then we packed our gear and headed to the beach to go shark's teeth hunting. The wind was really howling out of the northeast as we found a spot on the beach--what little beach there was. The tide was coming in and the waves were coming up high onto the beach due to the wind.

 
 
We watched this guy battle something on the other end of his fishing pole for over 30 minutes before he broke the line. Bob was sure he was hooked to a crab trap, but we'll never know.

 
 
We spent about an hour and a half at the beach and that's all of the wind we could stand. It was brutal. My glasses were totally caked in salt and I couldn't see a thing. We were able to find some shark's teeth and a few nice shells.

 
 
We took a dinghy ride down ski alley to check out what everyone was doing before returning to the boat. There were a few boats on the sand bar making the most of the day.

 
 
It wasn't very crowded for a Saturday, but I'm sure the weather had something to do with it. It wasn't the best beach day, but it was better than the alternative for some of the northern visitors. We took a slow ride back to the boat and sat out back in the sun and out of the wind listening to tunes. We had an early dinner and took Auggie to shore before darkness fell. It was still pretty breezy, but hopefully the wind would die off overnight. The temps were a little chilly with the cloudy skies.

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