Friday, January 25, 2013

be yourself/bridge/ship

13 Days Until Tom is Home!!!!

This is the Sunshine Skyway bridge we went over to go to St. Pete and Tampa this morning

We think this is the highest point in Florida. LOL  The bridge is located in three counties.  

Thought this was interesting 
  There is a rest stop on a small man made key on the Sunshine Skyway bridge.  There is also a fishing pier.  Rog is standing on the yellow beach on the Tampa Bay side of the rest stop, with Tampa Bay in the distance.  It is low tide and the yellow is a kind of algae

  I took this pic off the internet to show you what I was trying to tell you about the man made key with rest stop in the trees and the fishing pier juting backward.  The road goes on with another part of the bridge connecting us to St. Pete.  Hope I am telling you all right.  You just need to come out here and see for yourself.  LOL
This is on the other side of the Tampa Bay pic.  You are looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico watching fishermen a ways out in the Gulf. 
This is Lynx coming into port on Tampa Bay.  She is firing her guns.  She will come into port again tomorrow and pirates will be aboard and will invade the city of Tampa.  This is an event called Gasprilla Pirate Festival.  They had a parade for the children last weekend and this weekend there are more parades and events.  This festival has been happening for about 100 years.   

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in the city of  Tampa, Florida. Held each year in late January or early February and hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, it celebrates the fictitious legend of Jose Gaspar (Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in Southwest, Florida.

The theme and focal point of Gasparilla is an "invasion" by Jose Gaspar and his crew. On the day of the main Gasparilla parade, members of Ye Mystik Krewe of Gasparilla, accompanied by a flotilla of hundreds of smaller boats, sail across Tampa Bay to downtown Tampa on the Jose Gasparilla, a 165' long "pirate" ship which was specially built for this purpose in 1954. The    major of Tampa Bay then hands over the key of the city to the pirate captain and a "victory parade" ensues down one of Tampa's major streets. Ye Mystik Krewe and other krewes throw beads, coins and other items while shooting blank pistols from floats during the parade. 
Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, California. She is an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same name from 1812. The original Lynx completed one voyage, running the Royal Navy blockade; the British captured her in 1813 at the start of her second voyage and took her into service as HMS Mosquidobit.

Today, instead of fighting the British like her original counterpart, she serves as a sailing classroom. Lynx offers an early American history program as well as a life, earth and physical science program to schools. She teaches seamanship and history to those who step on her deck. Notably, Lynx is known for her summer program where she sails to Hawaii with students. Along the way students learn about sail handling, navigation, seamanship, leadership and learning to face unforeseen challenges.
  Traveling in Tampa
Many osprey and eagle nests built on power and microwave towers.  Sometimes there are platforms built on the towers just for nest building areas.  

We had a great day.  I purchased a Living Social earlier just for this trip.  It was a very neat place and the meal was really great.  
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