Author Archives: Mike Jeglic

A Change of Plans

When the Coronavirus scuttled our plans to be in the Keys last April, we decided to stay in Fort Myers.  We’re still here, but we’ve both been busy.  Not only have we gotten our golf clubs out, but Dawn’s been … Continue reading

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Fort Myers

Before we share thoughts on our time here, how about a little history? Fort Myers lies along the southern bank of the Caloosahatchee river in Southwest Florida.  Local natives, the Calusa, knew about this place for a few millennia, earning them … Continue reading

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The Retirement Coast

Florida has it’s Emerald Coast, Treasure Coast, and Space Coast. Tampa’s deranged author, Tim Dorsey, calls Florida’s southwest between Sarasota and Marco Island, the Retirement Coast.  We left Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton on a sunny morning in early March, … Continue reading

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A Pug’s Tale

I knew something was different when we had popcorn three nights in a row.  I’m not complaining because I love popcorn.  I’m a popcorn whisperer. I know it’s coming before it makes the boat smell better than bacon. The TV … Continue reading

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Bradenton Blues

We had high expectations of our stay in Bradenton.  We planned to stay a full month, the first planned long term stay of our trip.  Marina economics were one of the drivers.  Another was a simple desire to sit still … Continue reading

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Boca Ciega Bay

We cleared our slip at Clearwater Beach early the day after New Years, added 100 gallons of diesel to our starboard tank, and headed South.  We were bound for Bradenton, on the Manatee river just south of Tampa Bay. It … Continue reading

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Clearwater Beach

We left Tarpon Springs feeling anxiety and a bit of melancholy.  Either our stay seemed too short, we were not fully recovered from the Crossing, or perhaps, we just needed more Greek food! Nonetheless, we put those emotions aside, tossed … Continue reading

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Tarpon Springs

We cruised up the Anclote River to Tarpon Spring on Saturday morning, like tourists driving the wrong way on a one way street.  Weekend fisherman and rental boats filled the channel with competing wakes, racing out into the open waters … Continue reading

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The Crossing

On the water, its important to adjust your departure time to suit a specific arrival time.  Tides usually dictate these schedules.  When crossing the Gulf of Mexico from Apalachicola to Tarpon Springs, the schedule and route are based on the position … Continue reading

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Apalachicola

After Sandestin, Panama City was like an over priced motel on the road to Apalachicola.  We stayed comfortably at Treasure Island Marina, tucked up in the Grand Lagoon with the only other marinas that survived Hurricane Michael.  A nearby dog … Continue reading

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