We spent February back home in South Dakota. No we aren’t crazy. Tim had some work to do the business ($$$ yeah!) and I got the taxes done. The month went really fast visiting family and friends when the weather cooperated. Well, truthfully, I got to visit people...Tim only came out of this office in the basement for nourishment.
I took this photo as we left Sioux Falls. I love to see the farmsteads with their shelter belts covered in snow. I guess you need to grow up in the Midwest to appreciate the winter landscape.
Back to Florida
We returned to Melbourne, Florida, stocked the refrigerator and headed north. We tucked into Manatee Cove Marina for one night with Pam and Ray Monfore before heading back on the Great Loop.
We stayed a few nights at Titusville and were fortunate to see another launch. This is why they call this section of Florida the Space Coast.
VIP treatment at the movies
Going to the movies is a real treat for us. Titusville had a cool, old multiplex showing 6 different films. We took an Uber ride to the theater and got in line for tickets. The young man behind the counter asked if we wanted the VIP treatment. Of course Tim said yes. Then we asked what that meant! The young man said, “A smaller theater with bigger seats.” Sounds good.
Goodness! We were the only people in the theater and we had real, honest-to-goodness recliners. It was heaven. And we could talk during the whole movie.
Sometimes it is the little things that make a place special.
New Smyrna Beach
We stayed a few nights at New Smyrna Beach City Marina. A nice marina with floating docks. Floating docks are great because we don't have to deal with tides. We could walk 2 blocks and be in the historic part of downtown New Smyrna.. The street had delightful coffee shops and a few bars. And one bar had a quirky sense of humor.
Bob Ross wasn't home
If you don't know who Bob Ross is I suggest you google him. He had a painting show on PBS on Saturday afternoons. When the kids were little we knew we could count on them falling asleep on the couch if they watched Bob Ross. He had a smooth, soothing voice that would make anyone start to doze.
When we found out he was from New Smyrna Beach and they had a museum with his art we knew we had to go there.
They were closed! No mention of it on their website. Dang.
Next door was a Beauty Parlor so I got a haircut so the trip wasn't a total waste.
Nellie May at New Smyrna Beach
Just in case you forgot what the boat looks like...
Pancakes are messy on a boat
Cooking on the boat doesn’t happen very often because there are so many enticing restaurants close to the marinas. But we found ourselves at Marineland Marina and there wasn't a restaurant within walking distance. So pancakes were on the menu. Pancakes from a mix. It just seems wrong...
Where have we been?
This is the map shows our travels to date.
We arrived in St. Augustine last week. The next newsletter will be all about our adventures in St. Augustine. It will include the Celtic parade and Celtic Festival. Woot, woot!
Tim and I started our Great Loop Adventure on 9-11-2017 in Ottowa, Illinois. We put the boat on a trailer and drove 9 hours from our home in South Dakota to Heritage Harbor Marina in Ottowa to put her in the water. Tim's brother, Dan, drove the truck and trailer back to our house. Thanks Dan!