Tampa River Cruise

Tampa River Cruise

7-29-2017

 

Saturday, about 10:30 a.m., we met at the parking lot near McDonalds at Bears and Florida.  We drove to Tampa General Hospital on Davis Island where we parked our cars and walked to the Pirate Water Taxi pick-up station at the ground level.  We rode the water taxi to Ricks on the River for lunch and then reboarded the taxi for a trip back down the river to the Tampa Bay History Center.  After a lengthy tour of the museum, we again boarded the river taxi for the trip back to our start point where some of us called it a day and some stayed on the taxi to go to another bar/grille for dinner or something cold and wet.  We had our share of rain during the day, but had a great time as we always do when we're together as a group.

 

- Jerry M

Our group ready to head out

Our group in hospital parking garage

Water Taxi waiting area

On board the water taxi

Just relax and enjoy the ride

David, George, Gene, Peggy and Jerry G.

Taking the elevators down from the gazillionth floor of the garage

Our group at the water taxi pick up station

On our way

Good conversations

Cruising past the University of Tampa

Approaching Ricks on the River

Heading for the chow

Some of us sat inside where they had AC

Study that menu

 

Cruising past Amalie arena

History Center entrance walk

We had to move from this table because the rain came in on us

Approaching the history center

History Center lobby

Typical cigar store

Studying tampa area points of interest

Part of Florida's citrus industry

Read the book "A Land Rembered" by Patrick Smith - a terrific read wrapped in Florida history

Seminole squaw with her foot-power sewing machne

Images of historical Tampa

Something to do with drift wood

Pick up station at the History Center

Julie, Paul & Wally

View of Tampa from the water taxi pick-up point

Here's our ride

Our motley pirate crew

Jose Gasparilla pirate ship (part of Gasparilla parade)

Coming into Ricks 

Some of us braved the outdoor heat

Peggy heading for the water taxi pick up

Tampa Bay History Center

Cigar production was a big part of Tampa's history

Did you know Maas Bros stores started in Tampa?

Tampa was a big cattle shipping port.  No Bull !! 

MacDill Air Force Base has long been a big part of Tampa

Looking at our watery path back to our start point

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