After leaving Disney World on Saturday we drove down to Tampa to stay at the Howard Johnson just off I-4 at Exit 3. This is not a posh resort hotel but it is clean and has truck parking. We have our pickup and trailer with us.
Once we got in the hotel around 1 pm Joe and I both crashed on the bed and slept for 5 hours. That Disney Adventure totally whipped our butts. We went back to bed around 9 pm and slept until nearly 8 Sunday morning. We needed the sleep, the dark cool room, and the absolute quiet. The interstate traffic noise doesn’t bother us. We stay at so many hotels off the busy interstates that the noise is common to us.
Joe has a food destination in Clearwater Beach that we have to go to when we are in Florida. Whenever we are anywhere near Orlando or Tampa we have to get to Shepperds so he can indulge in the huge fresh seafood buffet.
The sands at Clearwater Beach are white. The first time I was ever down in this part of the world it was late June. Joe was delivering groceries at that time and had volunteered to help out a large grocery chain in Birmingham, Alabama when their freezer went down. We spent two weeks in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida.
Joe was always hot and I was always cold in those years. That was back in about 1998. The truck he was driving had some really cold air conditioning. I had to wear a jacket while I rode with him. We got into Florida and I saw all the white drifts along side the road. I have a faulty brain, so you have to make allowances for me sometimes.
I thought it had SNOWED in Florida. It was so cold in the truck as I rode beside Joe. I mean so cold that I just about had “snot-cicles”. Then seeing the white drifts everywhere I asked Joe “Does it snow down here in Florida?” I was serious. He thought I had lost my mind.
So now take a look at the white sands of Clearwater Beach.
The residents and vacationing guests were enjoying the beach on Sunday.
Shepperds Beach Resort, located at 602 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida has an outdoor entertainment area. Local bands come and play for a few hours then another band comes to do their stuff. This goes on until long after dark during the summer months.
Shepperds has a hotel. The reviews are not that great for the hotel part but the seafood buffet always gets ringing endorsements. Parking is a problem. Sometimes we have had to park out in the beach parking area and walk the several blocks to the restaurant. A little walking doesn’t hurt anybody.
The cost of the all you can eat seafood buffet is $25.95 per person. All beverages are additional. Adult beverages as well as the coffee, tea, and sodas are not included in the per person charge.
This is Joe’s “Starter”. Oysters. He really likes them. A plate like this in Phoenix, Arizona at Las Casuelas costs us $30. Just for the oysters!
I don’t care for fish of any kind. I tried a couple of the deep fried shrimp and they were not bad. Mostly I stick with “normal” types of food.
After Joe’s “starter” he went for his dinner. Not a vegetable in sight!
While we ate we could watch the bathers as they frolicked in the water. On the boardwalk the people were mingling and dancing to the band as they played the current favorites heard on the radio.
One guy was out in the water with a metal detector. He must have been searching for gold doubloons that may have washed near shore.
After dinner it was back to the hotel. We had ran some errands before heading to Clearwater Beach. Tonight Joe has to fill his weekly pill boxes and we needed to get some prescriptions refilled and purchase other vitamins and things for him.
Sunday night back at the Howard Johnson in Tampa for more rest before we head for Spartanburg, South Carolina to begin our work for the week.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.