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The SEA HAGG…have you seen it?

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES, FLORIDA BEACHES with tags , on August 1, 2013 by disneychronicles
The Sea Hagg

Just before crossing the Cortez Bridge leading to the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a little shop that I drive past frequently.  I always said to myself ..

I must stop there! so finally yesterday I did.

If you love anything nautical you will walk through here in pure amazement! I cannot really describe it as just a shop,  they call themselves is a chandlery and I think it is a perfect fit!
What exactly is the official definition of a chandlery?

A chandlery was a store that sold nautical parts, gear, and other commodities to sea-bound vessels. The chandlery came into prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when ships were the preferred method of transportation for the lucrative industries of cargo shipping, fishing, and whaling among other areas. The chandlery in its simplest form acted as a storeroom for hoarding supplies of wax and tallow candles, soaps, oils, paints, ropes, as well as other things that sea-bound sailors would need to aid them in their journeys.
Now take that and add nautical jewelry, art, garden decorations including buoys, mermaids , fishnets, nautical instruments and so much more….
Check it out for yourself!
and there is even a Disney link…
who knows what this is from….
yup! Pocahontas! Grandmother Willow.
Where’s it at…
12304 Cortez Rd. West
Cortez, FL 34215

Gasparilla Pirate Festival…what is it?

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY, FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags , on January 21, 2013 by disneychronicles


I have been wanting to go to this for years and finally made it there Saturday!

We attended the Family parade they do an “Adults” one a week later.

The Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Parade has been a Tampa tradition for over 100 years.


How did it start?

It all started with the legend of a fortune in buried treasure left somewhere along the Florida coast by Jose Gaspar when he died. Although that treasure has never been found…..

(hmmmmmm) 🙂

the story of the swashbuckler was unearthed and his memory revived in 1904 when Tampa’s social and civic leaders adopted the pirate as patron rogue of their city-wide celebration.

Forty original members of the first “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” met in secret and planned a surprise mock pirate attack on Tampa. In full regalia — masked and fully-costumed — the first krewe arrived on horseback to “capture the city” during the Festival Parade. Surprisingly, the first invasion was so successful that a city-wide demand lead to making the Mystic Krewe organization permanent. A tradition was born.

To celebrate their capture of the City of Tampa, the Captain and his Krewe share their wealth – throwing  glittering beads, candy and treasures along the 3.8-mile parade route.




“Make way, mateys!” shout Tampa’s original buccaneers as they wind their way down historic Bayshore Boulevard and into downtown Tampa – amidst colorful costumes and festive music.

The Gasparilla Parade features over 130 units – including more than 90 floats and  14 marching bands!

Vendors are also located up and down Bayshore Boulevard and you can’t miss the finale of fireworks at the end!

Today, over 400,000 attend the event, which contributes over $20 million to the local economy! and it is a great time!

Kayaking at Weeki Wachee State Park

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags , on September 12, 2012 by disneychronicles

How did you spend your Labor Day?

We grabbed the family and headed North….well not too far North! As far as Weeki Wachee….for one of my favorite activities since moving to Florida…KAYAKING!

Now I know you can kayak well almost anywhere but I do love it here because the springs are amazing! So clean you can see the bottom and the fish swim by. Year round they stay at about 75 degrees so even if you go when it’s hot you don’t feel it!

Paddling Adventures is the only canoe and kayak rental facility located on the river at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida. Your paddle will take you about three hours to complete without stopping down 5.5 miles of picturesque natural beauty and crystal clear waters. Much of the river is under natural canopy. The river’s depth averages from one foot to four feet. There are many twists and turns in the river so keep on the lookout for turtles, manatees, various aquatic birds, and the occasional otter.

It is a good idea to pack a picnic basket and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy once you have reached your destination of Roger’s Park, where you can take full advantage of an observation deck, picnic tables, swimming and more. Don’t worry about paddling back; the Paddling Adventures shuttle back to the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will pick you up here!  It being a holiday there was police on a jet ski that roamed the area. Safety I suppose, it was pretty packed. It was just a strange sight. On any other day it is just a relaxing paddle and I highly recommend it!

The HUB…Baja Grill…YUM!

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags , , on August 19, 2012 by disneychronicles

Had a chance to checkout The HUB in Siesta Key…liked it!

but finding parking!!!!! Grrrrrrr !!! GOOD LUCK!

It is laid out with a great outdoor seating area, live music and fans to keep you cool! The Hub Baja Grill is located at the north end of Siesta Key Village.

They serve food with a Tex-Mex flair. The kind of food that goes good with an icy Margarita! 😀

Attire is casual….very casual. Come as you are kind of atmosphere! They do cater to families also so you will have a children’s menu.

It is more of a restaurant then  a “BAR” experience. The food is good, great atmosphere as well as service AND its close to the beach!



What more do you need?!

Where’s it at?…..

5148 Ocean Boulevard Sarasota, FL


Give it a try…..if you can find parking that is!

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