First Look at JBs Post Irma

JBs Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach, with the ocean on one side and the intracoastal on the other, didn’t fare well with Hurricane Irma. In fact, the inside portion of the restaurant, including kitchen, is all being rebuilt. The outside bar with picnic tables is still there and we stopped in last week to get one of their Salted Sea Dogs, my favorite drink. Right away we saw how the parking lot and stage area is still a bit flooded.

The restaurant should reopen in 2 or 3 weeks.

Disney in the Morning, Evening at the Beach

After such a hot, hectic but exciting morning at the Magic Kingdom, I needed to relax at the beach so Rich and I headed out there after I picked him up at work. The beach was amazing, and something I’m so looking forward to when we finally live there.

As an update to yesterday, I got a bit dehydrated even though I drank water throughout the morning – it was just too hot for the parks. I’m still under the weather so we’ll probably reschedule this weekend’s Frozen FPs.


Tampa Bay on Memorial Day

After our taste of the crowds at Disney Springs on Saturday and wait time to just get our AP,s and hearing insane reports of wait times and staggered park entrances, we decided not to venture back to Disney on Monday to catch the last day of the Flower and Garden Festival.

So we headed back to our beloved Tampa Bay to catch up, have lunch at Frenchys Outpost and spend some time on Dunedin Causeway and/or Honeymoon Island. Frenchys wasn’t too crowded but we couldn’t get on Dunedin. So we squeezed onto a small stretch of the Courtney Campbell Causeway on our way back to Orlando.

It was such a blast being back at Frenchys – we were last there on our Thanksgiving trip from Las Vegas and now six months later we’re living in Florida again. We’d hoped we’d be living in Tampa Bay – Orlando is crazier than over – so much traffic and beat up roads making getting around quite a challenge. And, of course, housing prices are higher in Orlando.

We’ve been househunting like crazy and are absolutely exhausted mixing that with so much fun – lol! Hard to believe we’ve only been here two weeks.

Above: Blackenef Mahi Mahi Sandwich, Fiery Shrimp Tacos, Blue Paradise, and the “Perfect Margarita”

Catching up with Central Florida Weekend, Day 2: Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach/Disney Cruise Ship

We woke up this morning and thought, “Hey, let’s go to Cocoa Beach.” Imagine that – waking up and saying that. Much harder to do in Vegas. 🙂

But first we wanted to stop by that new housing community we’d had our eyes on – the one with the rental we almost got but somebody got there first. Later I thought, “Hey, we’d rather buy one of these than rent one – we should look into it.”

Lots for the next phase should be available in August or so and then time for building. This might work out but we’re going to see what else is out there, too.

After our tour, we headed toward Port Canaveral. And, yes, a Disney ship was in port. Woo hoo! We remembered a seafood restaurant we’d gone with Brother Bob during the 2010 Food & Wine Festival trip but we couldn’t remember the name. So I searched on our web site and, sure enough, found the name. We did the voice GPS thingie and “she” found it.

Outside seating was full and we were starving so we were happy to be seated by the window. We ordered drinks – this time I got the Margarita (one of the most amazing ever!) and Rich got some sort of Rum, Vodka Fruity thingie. He was quite happy with it.

We looked at the menu and I wanted the tacos, which came in 3s, but I only wanted 2 so we solved that problem when Rich ordered the tacos, too, and ate the extra one. They were quite scrumptious, but, for me, the real star was that Margarita. After lunch, we walked around and soaked up the atmosphere, views of the Disney cruise ship, dolphins, and pelicans. And then drove to Cocoa Beach for a brief stop on the beach. Can’t do it all at once – lol!

I can see from the photos that this is when Rich flashed his “happy, happy” smile – it was so worth all the trouble to get here.

I could do this every Saturday. I’m sure Rich could, too.

Living on Redwood Shores in the San Francisco Bay when we were newlyweds, we were surrounded by Pelicans – how we have missed our little friends!

Preview Video here.