December 28, 2012

December 27, 2012    Day 230                             
Turtle Cove Marina, Tarpon Springs, FL
Total miles to date:  4320.3

After saying goodbye to Irish Attitude in mid-morning, we walked over to the marina office to pick up our mail. We had decided to stay until Saturday, and then learned the marina’s policy of “pay for five nights and get the next two nights free”. So now we will stay until Monday!  We spent much of the afternoon walking around Tarpon Springs.  The Sponge Docks Fishing Village, which dates back to the early 1900's, continues to be full of visitors! It has some great Greek restaurants and shops, along with opportunities for fishing charters.

There are many sponge shops, one with a movie explaining the sponge industry. There are over 125 boats here to collect sponges, either with divers or by hooking them from the boats.  The sponges are then sold through the Sponge Exchange, then taken to packing houses for cleaning and clipping, and then packed for shipment.  

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
After returning from our two mile walk into the main area of Tarpon Springs (we did get a ride back), we had dinner on board then walked back to Hellas Greek Bakery for cheesecake.