What Happens at Biketoberfest…Might Not Stay…

 

Biketoberfest 2015

Biketoberfest 2015

Especially, if your wife/friend blogs. Well that ought to guarantee me at least three readers this week!

We have been fully enjoying the fall weather the past few weeks with, our usual beach walks, attending a local festival, heading out on the motorcycle, and heading down to Daytona for Biketoberfest to hang out with friends. We know our time in the St. Augustine is coming to a close and we will miss the area very much, but, we know that whatever lies ahead we will not want to miss it either.

October has come in with a bit of wind and very high tides. No Ka Oi was sitting so high, it was a challenge to get off. We are eternally grateful to Judy and Tom for the dock steps. The dock is wet from the water splashing through the cracks! The high tides also caused erosion on the beach.

High tides and wind rolled in with October

High tides and wind rolled in with October

The subtle change of season has us doing some different activities.We took a day trip on the motorcycle. Our plan was to have lunch at Three Bananas in Crescent City, but apparently, they are closed only on Tuesdays. So we sat on their furniture and picked their totem pole’s nose before heading on our way. We will have to come back another day.

Three Bananas

Three Bananas

In lieu of Three Bananas, we had hamburgers and a milk shake at Angel’s Diner, one of our long-time favorites in Palatka. As usual, goooood!

2015_10_06 Angel's Diner, Palatka

The weather was particularly fabulous for a walk through Ravine Gardens State Park, also in Palatka. You can do a drive through, but I recommend doing the hike, the bridges, springs and hills take you away from Florida for a little while.

2015_10_06 Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

Princess Place Preserve was the site for the 11th annual Creekside Festival. Located on Pellicer Creek, the beautiful oak shaded property has a lodge built in 1886, which is the oldest intact structure in Flagler County. The site is also home to Florida’s first in-ground artesian fed swimming pool. The breeze coming across the creek along with the great blue grass music, set the stage for a very relaxing afternoon.2015_10_11 Creekside Festival

We have been passing by this restaurant all summer and were missing out. Mantazas Inlet Restaurant had great live music and a view of the inlet. Our Mahi fish platters were excellent. And we had fun watching this  little guy break the rules, thankful for once, it wasn’t one of ours!2015_10_11 Mantanzes Inlet Restaurant

The Captain has been working through issues with the motor on our Boston Whaler. We decided that replacing it was the right thing to do at this time. He found a “newer” used motor in St. Petersburg, FL. So he was off on an “excursion” which included a trip back to Jensen to drop off the bike and trailer and pick up the Whaler trailer, then drive to St. Petersburg and then back to Marineland, all in one day. The old motor was off by Friday and the new one installed by Sunday, all with the help of Russ’ marina buddies. Some final tuning up and we should be good for diving and fishing for many years to come.2015_10_19 Motor Replacement

We managed to squeeze in the highlight of our week, Biketoberfest. We had a great day hanging out with Rick and Jennifer. We started at Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson and ended the night on Main Street. I lost count of all the places we went, but I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Plenty of good food, loud noise, cool bikes and strange people made for an interesting day.

My new bike, I'm glad they don't anyone touch it! Waiting. Helping. Rick and Jennifer looking good!

My new bike, I’m glad they don’t anyone touch it! Waiting. Rick is so helpful. Rick and Jennifer looking good!

Nice hair dude! It's probably a little late for you to shop. Has anyone counted how much he has had?

Nice hair dude! It’s probably a little late for anymore shopping…anyone counted how much he has had?

My Mom and Dad came by and spent Sunday with us, on their way to visit my Brother’s family. We had a great day sitting by the water and visiting. And another great meal at Captain’s BBQ.

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad, pulled pork and brisket

Every day is better than the day before, from sunrise to sunset we are enjoying this thing called retirement.

Sunrise to Sunset, every day is beautiful

Sunrise to Sunset, every day is beautiful

No Place Like Home: Text Messages from the Captain

 

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I was blessed with a visit to California to hold grand-babies. Just so you know, I had all the fun for us this week, and I have the text messages from the Captain to prove it. Here’s a look at a few of the too many pictures that I took.

2015_09_22 Hanging with Monta

2015_09_22 Hanging with Monta

2015_09_22 Hanging with Gabby

2015_09_22 Hanging with Gabby

2015_09_24 Zoo Day, Merry-go-round, Animals come close

2015_09_24 Zoo Day, Merry-go-round, Animals come close

2015_09_28 Food Court fun, Monta gets "samples," Selfies w/ Gabby, Train ride, Sushi

2015_09_28 Food Court fun, Monta gets “samples,” Selfies w/ Gabby, Train ride, Sushi

2015_09_28 Mexican food night out

2015_09_28 Mexican food night out

My only trauma for the week away was getting a free pass to the zoo, because I now qualify for the senior discount.

2015_09_24 First Senior discount!

2015_09_24 First Senior discount!

But, when someone gets to have all the fun, someone else gets stuck on the boat taking care of the animals and all the boat stuff that has to be done every day. It was simply a terrible week for the Captain, and I have the text messages to prove it.

Tuesday, when he returned from taking me to the Orlando airport, he had to take Nyah for a walk on the beach. My first text was his bottle find…Chinese or Japanese? Very cool.

2015_09_22 What language is this?

2015_09_22 What language is this?

By Wednesday morning, the “where do I find it” texts started to arrive.

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I found it heartbreaking that I wasn’t totally necessary. Can you believe he can plan a meal or two and cook? Wow! All by his-self, I am so proud.IMG_8160

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Not only dinner, but breakfast!IMG_8163

 

He sews button too, double wow!IMG_8164

But all good things come to an end, maybe he burnt a finger or something, cause the horrible pics of my favorite restaurants started to come in. Without me! I can’t believe it!IMG_8165

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Of course, there was motorcycle riding.IMG_8167

And sea glass finds.IMG_8168

And a new cell phone, because the old one failed, when somehow it got wet on the return boat ride from Captains BBQ.IMG_8169

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More motorcycle riding with friends and eating out and neighbors who felt sorry for him and cook him dinner.

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Again…more proof that he can cook…others ate and lived to tell. But still a few “where do I find it” questions. I have to keep my necessity somehow.IMG_8176

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My visit went quickly and the Captain is still a romantic at heart, my proof, his final text messages before I returned. He is so sweet and special, I’m a lucky lady and blessed to have him. A wise young lady once said, “There’s no place like home.” I agree, even if it floats.IMG_8178

 

Home is Where?

Home is where Nyah keeps watch

Home is where Nyah keeps watch

I love those little plaques that say things like, home is where your heart is, or home is where someone runs to greet you (with picture of a running puppy.) The one that didn’t fit the past two weekends was, home is where your WiFi connects automatically. Ha, I shut it off and returned the router when we left, and you know you’re a visitor when the WiFi doesn’t work.

It is nice that we are beginning our trip close enough to be able to see everyone. This mamma is happy when she gets to see all her little (and not so little) chicks and I got to see all but one. I’m really not sure how I will deal with the emotions when we go further away, and I was equally unsure how emotional I might be going home, only for a visit.

The day before we left, Josiah and Sami came to visit us, he had a few days off from his tour schedule. We had another fine day at the sandbar and dinner at Captain’s BBQ. Disclaimer: sunscreen is made available to all visitors.

Josiah and Sami 2015_07_07

Josiah and Sami 2015_07_07

Wednesday, it was off to home for our first long weekend. The main event was a wedding, but Russ was able to have a rendezvous with the Harley, just to make sure she was running well. I’m not sure the total mileage, but my estimate comes in at close to 500 miles for the weekend, which included rides with Lew, Darryl and Gigi, and myself, as well as several additional loner trips to Jupiter and Ft. Pierce! I have no pictorial evidence of these adventures, but there was a late night cleaning and polishing session, which is always necessary after riding.

Fortunately for me and my butt, Jennette and baby Gabby came from California, to save me from too many Harley miles in such a short period of time, and so we could all attend the nuptials of Litasha and Evan. It was a hectic weekend, but we managed to have lunch and a beach visit with my mom. Here are our four generations of girls!

Four Generations, Joyce, Jennifer, Jennette and Gabby 2015_07_10

Four Generations, Joyce, Jennifer, Jennette and Gabby 2015_07_10

The wedding was fabulous. Here are pics of the bride and groom and my best friend, Peggy and our daughters, we have been friends since these two girls were bumps in our bellies. I wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t for this lady’s friendship and love all these years.

#peacewedding2015. Jennifer, Jennette, Litasha and Peggy 2015_07_11

#peacewedding2015, Jennifer, Jennette, Litasha and Peggy 2015_07_11

 

In other news, Pop Pop does hold babies.

2015_07_11 Russ and Gabby

2015_07_11 Russ and Gabby

Sunday, we were blessed by attending church at First Baptist Jensen Beach with all the “home” kids and Russ’s mom, then an afternoon get-together with family and friends.

Family 2015_07_12

Family 2015_07_12

Monday, sadly, Jennette and Gabby had to return to California. Russ decided to ease his sorrows with an afternoon of therapy at the Tattoo studio. This is another amazing piece of art by Peter at Indian River Ink in Jensen Beach. Russ says he’s done, but don’t hold your breath on that please.

2015_07_13 Tattoo before, during, and after

2015_07_13 Tattoo before, during, and after

Weekend two was filled with a little side adventure with Ashley and Damien and their families in the Ocala National Forest and at Juniper Springs.

2015_07_18 Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest

2015_07_18 Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest

205_07_19 Early risers get Nutella & PB Pancakes with Nanny. Canoeing with Pop Pop is exciting

2015_07_19 Early risers get Nutella & PB Pancakes with Nanny. It’s all Puppy Love with Nyah and Torch. Canoeing with Pop Pop is exciting.

We have had a wonderful two weeks filled with family and friends. Returning to the boat was a great reminder that home is where you make it, and we are glad to be making it on-board for now.