Was feeling a bit of cabin fever setting in, so headed out this morning and walked over to Amscot. There I got a day bus pass and walked two blocks down to McDonald’s for a small decaf. A cup of morning coffee is always enjoyable. The bus stops directly in front of McDonald’s, so waited there a few minutes as I finished my cup, then hopped on the 19 to the Central Avenue bus depot. Get there and five minutes later the beach bus arrives, so set off on the long ride to Pass-A-Grille beach.
This is the little old fishing village where St Pete Beach began, and is now preserved as a historic district. No high rises here, not even a gas station, just quaint old cottages reminiscent of Old Florida. You can walk along the bay side shore for over a mile until you reach the Land’s End Cottages on First Avenue at the south end of the island, then walk a block west and reach the Gulf of Mexico. There is a long rocky fishing pier there that provides a panoramic view of the beach stretching for several miles to the north and Shell Key to the south. At night you can see the lighthouse beacon at Egmont Key even farther south. Walked north along the beach to the Paradise Grille on the waterfront at ninth avenue. This is a relaxing place where everyone gathers to eat drink and enjoy the view. A beautiful day it has been.
Last week I hopped on bus #7 to the Main post office in St Petersburg Florida, a block away from the Grand Central Bus Depot. After mailing a package, returned to the bus depot for the Central Avenue Trolley.
Stopped at Starbucks on 66th and Central for a small decaf on the way to the beach, then continued to Pass-A-Grille at the south end of St Pete Beach.
Walked along the shore to the fishing pier, where a manatee was roaming around. It’s a delight to see this chubby sea mammal swim around leisurely and poke it’s nose out now and then. Letting mother nature entertain you is a joy.
Yesterday I went down to one of my favorite spots, Pass-A-Grille Beach. This is the south end of St Pete Beach Florida, the historic fishing village where the town of St Pete Beach began in the late 1800s. Was aiming to try a new restaurant, so I went to the Seahorse. The Seahorse is across the street from the Merry Pier. Anyway, had no idea that they were closed on Tuesday so walked over to the Gulf side a block away. Pass-A-Grille is a tiny Margaritaville that is only a block wide. No high-rises, gas stations, malls, none of that, just a trip back in time to Old Florida.
So I decided to explore the menu at the Paradise Grill, the popular waterfront restaurant there and was turned off by their rates. Walked across to the Hurricane, assuming their indoor dining was the only thing available. That was closed, but their outdoor patio was where breakfast was being served. This was new to me, and turned into a pleasant surprise.
A gracious attentive waitress led me to one of their multi-colored wood picnic tables, hands me a little oval menu and asks if I wanted coffee. Yes, and a cup appears in seconds. Ordered a ham omelet with rye toast plus home fries. No, it’s not directly on the waterfront but across the street, fine with me. A generous plate arrives in a few minutes, plus more coffee. Both the waitress and manager pass by asking how is everything. Great. The three-story building casts a long shadow over this patio in the morning, plus ceiling and standing fans made this among the most pleasant places I’ve ever been to. Deserving of a good tip and they got it.
Their outdoor patio is on the opposite side of the photo here, the Hurricane Restaurant