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