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The Rest of the Winter

After 1 January

26 °C
View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Bermuda & 2004 Migrating by Mercedes on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Since Bob was retired military, we had available Space-Available condo rentals for very reasonable prices ($349 for the week regardless of the size of the unit). So I made reservations at various condos, week by week, to go down the coast for the rest of the winter of 2004-2005. Driving this time instead of sailing.

Migrating by Mercedes 2004 is the first part of the trip

This is what we have booked for January to March 2005 (Condos and Military base accommodations are in Bold)
12-20-04 to 1-6-05 Staying in Miami and possibly house sitting
1-7-05 Vacation Villas 3795 Vacation Villas Lane, Titusville FL
1-14-05 Check out of Vacation Villas and
Check in Plantation Island 187 S. Atlantic Ave. Ormond Beach FL
1-21-05 Check out of Plantation Island and go back to Miami
1-24-05 to 1-27-05 Flamingo Lodge and Outpost Resort -Visit the Everglades.
1-28-05 - Check out and go back to Miami
1-29-05 - Go to Marathon and spend the night (maybe at Hidden Harbor)
1-30-05 to 2-12-05 Navy Getaways Vacation Rentals (a house trailer on the base in Key West)
2-13-05- check out and start back towards Miami - heading north towards SC
2-19-05 - check in to Sea Crest Surf and Racquet Club, 3 Avocet Rd, Hilton Head Island SC
2-26-05 - Check out Sea Crest and spend a couple of days in Summerville SC
3-05-05 Check in to A Place at the Beach III 1904 Ft. Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach NC 285
3-12-05 Check out of A Place at the Beach III and
go to Cape Henry Inn, Ft. Story VA (Pelican section with a kitchenette)
3-15-05 Check out of the Cape Henry Inn and come back to Leonardtown.

2004-December 31
We've not been doing a lot here in Miami. While we were gone, our son-in-law
Son-in-law

Son-in-law

Daughter

Daughter


found that the MB was leaking something, so it had a piece of cardboard under it to protect the driveway.
Bob and our granddaughter

Bob and our granddaughter


Our daughter and family left for NC on Tuesday Dec 21st, leaving us with instructions for feeding the dog, the cat, the guinea pig, treating one fish tank, feeding two fish tanks, putting out the trash etc. They spent the night in near Atlanta and arrived in NC on Wednesday. We had a quiet Christmas here. Bob walked the dog an increasing distance each day and drew up plans to put the wall that our daughter wanted put up. He looked at the car and found the leak was diesel fuel and the same place that mine had leaked.

The family returned on December 28th after a one day trip back from NC. They acquired another cat (a white male that had been 'skunked') while they were up there, and brought him back with them.
Daughter and Pepe the cat

Daughter and Pepe the cat


They had Todd (their best man) and Suzanne and their son who is about 4 to come and stay for the New Years weekend. They went out on the boat all together with the dog, but we stayed here. Eric (Our son-in-law's half brother) and a friend also came down to stay.
Eric

Eric

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The friend (whose name I never got) used to play baseball with some team and spent one of the days throwing the ball to our grandson
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and various friends that were over, although he paid for it later - he had shoulder surgery about a month ago.

There were people sleeping everywhere. Our daughter and son-in-law were in their room. We were in the guest room. Charlie (Carol and Dave's son) was on the trundle bed in our granddaughter's room, and our grandson was in there also on a cot. Suzanne, Todd and their son were in our grandson's room on the queen bed. Bob had roughed in the wall between our grandson's room (the former living room) and the dining room so they had some privacy there, although the dog crate and the guinea pig were in there too. So Eric and his friend were variously in the new living room on the couch or on the floor on an air mattress.

On Monday January 3rd, I went to have a root canal - the dental insurance that I now have will pay 75% which is good. On Tuesday, Bob took the car over to our daughter's mechanic to be fixed, but he didn't replace one little hose, which is still leaking. Altogether the two things cost over $1000 (before reimbursement because I had to pay up front). Of course we have little else in the way of expenses.

I got the dental records that we had from NC and from the Un of MD copied while Bob went to BoatUS to get oil pads to put under the car,
and I sent those claims off. I went with our daughter and grandchildren to Chuckie Cheese for lunch on Monday. You buy tokens to play the games and and she and I got the salad bar and cinnamon sticks in addition
buffet

buffet

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receipt

receipt

Prizes you get from playing the games at Chucky Cheese

Prizes you get from playing the games at Chucky Cheese


granddaughter with Chuckie Cheese pizza

granddaughter with Chuckie Cheese pizza


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Cinnamon stick pizza

Cinnamon stick pizza


someone's birthday table

someone's birthday table


The kids and my daughter and I had a good time playing the games
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Grandson playing machine

Grandson playing machine


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granddaughter

granddaughter


getting photo

getting photo


large_100_4871.JPGChuckie cheese photo of me and granddaughter

Chuckie cheese photo of me and granddaughter

grandson

grandson

Bob has finished off the wall and it is ready to be painted as soon as the spackle cures and our daughter decides what color to paint it. Yesterday I cut Bob's hair.

January 6th
This was the second day of school. Our daughter took the new dog (Ted) and the cat (Pepe) to the Humane Society to the vet.
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Pepe (because he got skunked) is a neutered male (some people were sure he was a female). They got their shots, but Ted will have to go get neutered somewhere else as the Humane Society isn't doing surgeries.
Ted, the new dog

Ted, the new dog


Our granddaughter didn't get a chance to say goodbye to Ted before she left for school. I think she wanted to get home to play with Ted, so she told her teacher she didn't feel well, and our daughter had to go and get her. She was quite annoyed, and said our granddaughter had to go to bed with no TV and stay there until our grandson got home and she couldn't play with Ted. This was a terrible punishment. So maybe she will think twice about doing that again.

We all went out to Outback Steakhouse in the evening. Our grandson and I were doing logic puzzles. Our granddaughter ate quite a good dinner, so I don't think she was sick.

We leave tomorrow for Titusville.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 14:06 Archived in USA Comments (3)

Vibrating on the Florida Coast

Miami to Titusville


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2005 Migrating by Mercedes & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

We are spending a week in Titusville at a Space-A Condo called Vacation Villas.

January 7, 2005

Our son-in-law didn't leave really early as he was going to get his driver's license renewed. He's been doing it by mail and he looks a lot different now than on his picture. He asked me what was the name of a bird that he had seen a lot of along the road - a big bird with red feathers on the head - dark and about 3 feet tall. I think it was a sandhill crane.

Our daughter took the kids to school, and I finished packing and we left. We left later to avoid the rush hour traffic. Our daughter gave us one of their Sun Passes before we left. She recommended that we take the turnpike because she said I95 was full of construction up around Palm Beach. The Sun Pass automatically pays the turnpike fees. We can't always tell if the thing works, but no one came after us with sirens. Again, as on the way down, I saw lots of vultures circling over the dumps, cattle egrets, an anhinga, and I think I saw a wood stork.

We were doing well when the car started to vibrate. I asked about it, which annoyed Bob because he was concerned too and couldn't reassure me. I said it sounded like a tire - it sounds like that sometimes when the tread on a retread separates. We've had that problem before. So we decided to stop for lunch, and got off the Turnpike at Palm City. We turned into a shopping center and looked at all the tires and they seemed to be fine.

It was about noon, so we decided to have lunch. We walked down to the Pomadore Grill first, but it wasn't open yet and we also considered the Palm City Grill and the Italian Gourmet, but I picked M&Ms which I thought was a good sign since the M&Ms in Oriental is so good (even though I don't think they are connected in any way). We got there about 12:15 and sat down - the place filled up pretty fast. Some people gave up and went to the China Garden which was next door.
M and M's where we ate

M and M's where we ate

menu

menu


I had a soup and sandwich with potato salad for $5.25. I had matzo ball soup - it's been a long time since I had that and it was good.
Cup of chicken soup with matzo ball $2.25

Cup of chicken soup with matzo ball $2.25


And for the sandwich I had an avocado, cheddar, tomato alfalfa on whole wheat.
Sandwich with Alfalfa Sprouts

Sandwich with Alfalfa Sprouts


I had a root beer float, even though they only had chocolate ice cream ($2.95). Because we couldn't see the specials board where we were seated at the front, we didn't know that the soup of the day was split pea until we went back to the bathroom, or Bob would have had that. As it was he had a half a chicken salad sandwich for $3.95.

After lunch (about 1300), all seemed to be well. We crossed the St. Lucie River (which we've never seen from our boat),
St. Lucie River

St. Lucie River


and went to the Fort Pierce City Marina. In 2004 Florida was directly impacted by four major hurricanes during the season – Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne
Fort Pierce City Marina

Fort Pierce City Marina


Bob walking by Original Tiki

Bob walking by Original Tiki


WOW. When they said the outer docks were gone, they meant GONE. I figured that the transient docks which stuck way out into the river would be gone, but the docks on the other side where the long term people with bigger boats (mostly sailboats) was gone too. Everything had been taken right back to the seawall. The marina people looked it up for us and told us that WINDWALKER, the CSY that belonged to Kim and Carolyn Olsen which had been on those docks left out of the marina October 1st - after the hurricanes.
Crane in the river

Crane in the river

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All they've got left is the power boat docks inside of the Tiki Bar, and some of those don't look in good shape - the finger piers are all bent up like the boats got underneath.
What is left of Ft. Pierce's Municipal Marina

What is left of Ft. Pierce's Municipal Marina


Then we went over to Harbourtown which is on the other side of the inlet, and they've done quite a bit of work, but the marina appears
mostly intact.
Harbourtown dockmaster office

Harbourtown dockmaster office


Harbourtown docks

Harbourtown docks


Gas dock

Gas dock


The restaurant is pretty much back in business, although one of the docks leading to it from the gas dock is mostly gone.

We got onto I-95 to go on up to Titusville but the car started to do its bouncing around trick again and Bob said he was afraid it was the drive shaft because it stopped when he let up on the accelerator. ACK. Or maybe a wheel bearing. So we got off I-95 early because the problem is worse at high speeds, plus we didn't want the drive shaft to fall off on the interstate.

To get to Vacation Villas, I had two sets of directions - one the printed ones that came from the internet, and one the ones that came in the mail. The internet directions said "I-95 north to Route 50 east. Take Route 50 east till it ends at U.S. 1. Turn left on U.S. 1 to the first traffic light which is Knox McRae Drive. Turn left on Knox McRae Drive and go about 1 mile to the resort on the right."

The other directions said to get off at Exit 215 on 50 East, turn left on Barna and then RIGHT on Knox McRae Drive. I figured that US 1 must be Barna (which it was not), and so I took FL 407 to 405 to US 1, and turned left, and then tried to go right at the first light. But US 1 is right by the water there and
You can't GO right

You can't GO right


I should have been turning left. Eventually we stopped in a McDonalds and called. We got to Knox McRae Drive this time, but we were looking on the left for the condo units and they were on the right, so we overshot them again and had to call again and turn around.

We are in unit 8C - upstairs - again 17 steps. They are absolutely full this week - no empty units.It is a pretty quiet location, at least on the weekend. There is a middle school across the street and catty corner to us. We have two bedrooms - the one with twin beds has a TV
single bedroom and TV

single bedroom and TV


and the one with the queen (where we will sleep) does not.
Living room TV and deck

Living room TV and deck


There are also two bathrooms, and a screened porch looking out over a canal (or maybe you'd call it a ditch)
screened porch looking over the 'ditch'

screened porch looking over the 'ditch'


and there is a heated pool. We can use the yacht club facilities too. But we have to pay to do the wash (it was free in Duck) and the microwave is just about big enough for a bowl and doesn't have much power. We got the stuff upstairs. The cooler (Christmas gift from the kids which ran off the cigarette lighter) worked great and kept everything cold. And then I lay down - worrying about the car is very tiring.

Bob said that we'd have to go to a Mercedes dealer to get anything fixed, so I got out the phone book and phoned the dealer in Melbourne and made an appointment for 7:30 am Tuesday morning, which was the first time I could get. Eventually we had to decide about dinner, and we had one of those incidents where I think we've decided on one thing and Bob thinks we've decided on another. It doesn't help that he doesn't hear me half the time. Anyway, we ended up in Publix and I stood in line to get chicken and he did the rest of the shopping.
heated pool at night

heated pool at night


We came home
Train at the Knox McRae crossing at night

Train at the Knox McRae crossing at night


and he ate chicken and I ate my leftover salad (which was HUGE) from Outback and STILL couldn't finish it all. My tooth is still a little sore after the root canal, but it is mostly better. I went to bed early.

January 8, 2005 Historic Titusville

I got up early and looked out the window to see a couple of people standing behind two cars with the trunk lids open - men in Bermuda shorts with mugs (coffee probably) in their hands. I went back to bed and went back to sleep.

About 9 Bob said that we should get moving, and I should see about renting a car so that we could see something. Yesterday, the lady at the Mercedes place said the Enterprise was across the street would be $30/day. I thought I could do better than that. But the best I could find on the internet was $33/day. I called Enterprise in Titusville direct, and they offered $27/day. Then when we drove over there, Bob saw a sign outside for a two day rental (for the weekend) for $9.99/day with 150 miles allowed per day. So we switched - we got a moss green Hyundai. It is a peppy little car. They tried VERY hard to sell us the insurance, but we resisted. The girl seemed surprised - she said almost all of her customers took the insurance. Bob thinks she gets a commission on the insurance she sells. The car had some marks on it including a key mark across the gas tank flap,
Key mark

Key mark


so I took photos. When we got back to the condo, I tried to get another parking pass from the office, but she said we wouldn't need one.

We decided to see things in Titusville first, so I looked in the phone book, and saw that there was a historic downtown district I called the Chamber of Commerce to try to find out something about the Historic District, and got an answering service and the girl said we'd be able to see where the Historic District was, because it was "a lot of really old buildings".
Historic Downtown District with "a lot of really old buildings

Historic Downtown District with "a lot of really old buildings


The North Brevard Museum was in the historic district and was open Tuesday to Saturday and was free (donations requested), so after we picked up the rental car, we decided to go there first.
Front of the museum

Front of the museum


They had a lot of wedding dresses
Wedding dresses

Wedding dresses


Doll clothes, trunk and dishes

Doll clothes, trunk and dishes


and antique post cards
Palmhurst Hotel (photo from museum)

Palmhurst Hotel (photo from museum)


large_6936285-Brevard_County_Museum_Titusville.jpgTelephone switchboard

Telephone switchboard

School Days-these were the desks I had in school

School Days-these were the desks I had in school


The first U. S. Post Office was not established in what was then known as Sand Point until 1859. Confederate Col. Henry Theodore Titus arrived in the area in 1867. According to stories about the town, "Titusville" might have been known as "Riceville" if Col. Titus had not won a challenge match of dominoes against Capt. Clark Rice to determine which player got to rename the town. Thus the outcome of a domino game resulted in Sand Point becoming Titusville, Florida in 1873. Titusville was incorporated in 1887.
Col. Titus

Col. Titus

his wife

his wife

Indian River at Titusville (Brevard Museum photo)

Indian River at Titusville (Brevard Museum photo)


According to the North Brevard County Museum,
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the Titusville Mayor, John R. Walker, started campaigning for a bridge over the Indian River in Titusville on March 28, 1919. On October 14th that same year, the local property owners voted 204 to 14 in favor of a $175,000 bond issue to finance the construction of the bridge, to make it possible for easy access to Playalinda and Desoto Beaches and a road to the St. Johns River. Construction started in late 1921.
First bridge with hand cranked drawspan

First bridge with hand cranked drawspan


The two lane hand cranked wooden draw bridge, named "Walker Bridge" after the mayor was opened to traffic December 15, and was a toll bridge. It served until WW II. The causeway was dredged in 1940, but steel and concrete were diverted for military purposes which delayed construction.
Tolls

Tolls


It was very interesting talking to the old ladies who were volunteers there. We picked up pamphlets on the six National Register Properties,
Wall hanging showing historic homes

Wall hanging showing historic homes


and 12 buildings in the Historic Downtown. There is also a "Walking Tour" with 8 informational signs

After we went to the North Brevard Museum, we walked up to The Coffee Shop to have lunch, discovering after we got there that it closed at noon on Saturday and it was now 12:40.
Closed doors

Closed doors


So we went across the street to
Caffe' Chocolat

Caffe' Chocolat

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This is a small place which you might think was a candy store. But it is actually Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Gift Gallery, and Chocolate Factory, with On-Line Shopping. I had a
large_3406690-Downtown_Titusville.jpgRoast Beef panani $5.96

Roast Beef panani $5.96


and Bob had a
Chicken salad sandwich ($4.95)

Chicken salad sandwich ($4.95)


He also bought some fudge - he asked for a pound and the girls said that a pound and a quarter was the same price so he got a pound and a quarter. We didn't get a listing of how much anything was, but the total bill was $27.00

The Titusville Marina, and they said they were really lucky and did not have much damage at all from the hurricanes. We didn't see any CSYs except for ENID K which is for sale.

After lunch, we stopped at the Space Walk of Fame which was a little park (right next to a big building which is being constructed nastily blocking all the view) on the Indian River.
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It is appropriate because Cape Kennedy is right across the Indian River
Cape Kennedy

Cape Kennedy


and when a rocket is launched from there, you can view it from the river in Titusville. We parked and got out of the car and walked along the walk
Plaque at the entrance to the Walk

Plaque at the entrance to the Walk


One anomaly is that none of the people that were listed on the big monument at the end were Navy or Marines. They had Department of Defense U.S. Air Force, Gemini Spacecraft McDonald, NASA, Launch Vehicle people etc, but no Navy.
Gemini monument with Bob

Gemini monument with Bob


Its mission statement is "To preserve the history of the United States space program, to honor the men and women who made space flight a reality and the astronauts who flew the missions, and to educate the global community about the history of space exploration and its benefits to humankind." It describes itself as "The first and only Walk in the nation that honors America's astronauts as well as the men and women behind the scenes who helped America lead the world in space exploration and accomplishments."
– The Mercury Monument was dedicated on May 12, 1995 and the Mercury Mission Logos were unveiled May 23, 1997.
– The Gemini Monument groundbreaking was July 19, 1996 and was dedicated on November 7, 1997.
Virgil Grissom - Gemini III

Virgil Grissom - Gemini III

Gemini XII plaque

Gemini XII plaque


– The Apollo Monument groundbreaking was held on July 16, 1999, at precisely 9:32 a.m., exactly 30 years after “Lift Off” of Apollo XI. The groundbreaking kicked off a week long 30th year celebration of the Apollo SI launch and the first moon landing. The Apollo Monument dedication was held two years after our visit in May 2007.
– The Shuttle Monument groundbreaking was held in May 2012 and this was also after our visit
Wally Shira's handprints

Wally Shira's handprints


I hope at some point, they saw fit to add some people from the Navy

The Walking tour was informational signs about Titusville

1- Steamboat Pioneer 1877
Steamboat Pioneer 1877

Steamboat Pioneer 1877


2- J.T.& K.W.& Steamboat Wharf 1885
JT and KW Railroad and Indian River Wharf 1885

JT and KW Railroad and Indian River Wharf 1885


3- Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 38- 1965
I didn't see the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 sign - it was hot and I didn't want to get out of the car and walk to it.

4- Scobie Fish & Oyster Company
Scobie Fish and Oyster Company

Scobie Fish and Oyster Company

Indian River near Scobie Fish sign

Indian River near Scobie Fish sign


5- Titus House which has been torn down and replaced by a high rise apartment building.
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High rise apartment


6- Indian River State Bank 1888 & Brady Grocery
Indian RIver State Bank and Brady Grocery Store

Indian RIver State Bank and Brady Grocery Store

Former Indian River Bank

Former Indian River Bank


Brady and Brother Grocery

Brady and Brother Grocery

Sign about Ed Brady and Brother's Grocery

Sign about Ed Brady and Brother's Grocery


7- Titusville HS
I didn't see Titusville HS

8- Wagner's Grocery Store and Wharf 1875
Wager's Grocery Store and Wharf

Wager's Grocery Store and Wharf


We also saw five of the National Register Properties
1- St Gabriel's Episcopal Church (We saw St. Gabriel's later)

2-The Pritchard House
Framed print of Pritchard House in the museum

Framed print of Pritchard House in the museum


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The Pritchard House was built in 1891 and it's architectural style is Queen Anne. Captain Pritchard grew sugarcane and citrus, then he became involved in the real estate business. In 1888, he organized the Indian River State bank and served as its president.

3- The Wagner House
Wagner House

Wagner House


The Wager House was built in 1891 in the Colonial Revival style architecture. In 1875, Perry E. Wager came to Titusville and began operating at this site a grocery store called "The Headquarters." The original structure laid partially in this right-of-way, with a dock extending well out into the Indian River. Wager and his son Ellis published Titusville's first newspaper, the Florida Star, in 1880.

4- Judge Robbins House
Robbins house 1901

Robbins house 1901


The Robbins House was built in 1901 and is the only remaining Dutch Colonial Revival home in Titusville.
Robbins served as superintendent of the Mexican Central Railway for two years. He returned to the U.S. and attended law school. Following graduation, he moved to Florida and was admitted to the Bar in 1886. His familiarity with the railroad industry and his prowess as an attorney attracted the attention of railroad mogul, Henry Flagler, who later retained his services.

5- The Spell House
Dr. Spell House 1911

Dr. Spell House 1911


The Spell House was built around 1911 in the Queen Anne style architecture.
Dr. James Spell was the first licensed pharmacist in the town and operated the Banner Drug store out of downtown Titusville. The home remains in the Spell family.

I also tried to take photos of the 'really old' buildings in the downtown Historic District
Historic photo of Citizens bank in the museum

Historic photo of Citizens bank in the museum

Door of Citizen's Bank

Door of Citizen's Bank


Citizen's Bank is a 1924 Beaux Arts Classical style bank building has a lovely curved staircase and beautiful chandelier in the lobby
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The Walker Apartments

The Walker Apartments


he Walker Apartments were built for the influx of tourists in 1924 in the Spanish style with an arched arcade and a carved sailing ship above the entry. These take up the left side of the street as you go north on Washington Avenue
Sign at arcade entrance

Sign at arcade entrance

Historic storefront on Washington Avenue

Historic storefront on Washington Avenue


This building was built in 1910 for the Titusville Hardware store, it still has the original tin ceiling, heart pine floor and display shelves. Today, there is a children's resale shop in this building.
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Then we drove down to the National Police Museum
Entrance

Entrance


which was in the AAA book - admission was $8 @ for military or AARP - police officers free - regular people $12 @ Apparently this used to be in Miami and was moved up here.
Police Hall of Fame

Police Hall of Fame


There are police cars, and motorcycles.
Police cars

Police cars

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Toy or Weapon?


There are interactive things for kids to do. There's a chapel and a big memorial with all the names of police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Chapel

Chapel


Outside there's also a K-9 memorial.
K-9 memorial

K-9 memorial


They have helicopter rides in a little black machine ($22 to $150) or you can go an do target practice for $18 by renting a gun and buying ammo.
Helicopter

Helicopter


It is across from the Astronaut Hall of Fame (similar admission charge) which we decided not to visit.
U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

U. S. Astronaut Hall of Fame


We came back to the condo and I downloaded the photos.
Diner

Diner


We went to Steve's Family Diner for dinner.
Steve's menu

Steve's menu


Special's board

Special's board


I had the lasagna special with one side and garlic bread ($6.95 and I had to bring half of it home)
Lasagna, garlic bread and one side

Lasagna, garlic bread and one side


and Bob had the prime rib special ($9.95 with two sides).
prime rib special ($9.95 with two sides)

prime rib special ($9.95 with two sides)


We both succumbed and had rice pudding topped with a lot of whipped cream for dessert which was about $2 I think (the bill was a handwritten scrawl).
rice pudding topped with a lot of whipped cream

rice pudding topped with a lot of whipped cream

Rice pudding after whipped cream is removed

Rice pudding after whipped cream is removed


The dinner before tip was just a little over $20.00
Steve's Diner from the outside

Steve's Diner from the outside

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:39 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Mellow in Melbourne

The Zoo and Conchy Joes


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2005 Migrating by Mercedes & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

January 9, 2005- Sunday

This morning Bob said that the Mercedes problem was probably a tire tread separation - the tires have to be hot before the problem shows up. So he went out and changed the right rear for the spare.

I was going to go to the Canaveral National Seashore today, but I decided that since it was a nice Sunday, that everyone would be out on the beach, and I wanted deserted beach photos. Instead we went to Melbourne.

We drove down US 1 through Cocoa, stopping in Rockledge
Rockledge Orange

Rockledge Orange


to take a couple of pictures of the 'historic' Marion S. Whaley citrus packing house. This is the oldest continually operating citrus packing plant in the Indian River region and has important associations to the growth of the citrus industry in the area around Cocoa, Rockledge, and Titusville during the 1930s and 1940s. The Whaley Packing House is a rare example of vernacular packing house architecture in Florida. Its utilitarian, simple, yet logical design is characteristic of a once prevalent Florida industrial building. Before World War II there was relatively little heavy industry in the state. Florida's economy was primarily based on the tourism, citrus, lumber, fishing, cattle, and mining industries. None of those industries required substantial buildings like those constructed in the northeastern states. Many of the buildings constructed to house Florida's early commercial base have been razed in favor of new development.
Rockledge

Rockledge


It's on the historic register, but it is physically in bad shape and is for rent, lease or sale.
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Signs on the fence

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Harvey's across the street looks in much better shape.
Harvey's

Harvey's


I wanted to go down and see one of the old houses in Rockledge, but there was also a sign pointing to the zoo which I also intended to visit. And we were in the right lane and the sign to the zoo pointed right. So we turned right.

Bob complains because I can't see the signs far enough ahead (neither can he) to tell long enough before he has to turn so he can get in the correct lane. I can do it when we are on the boat and not moving so fast, plus I have binoculars on the boat.

So we turned far sooner than we would have needed to, and went through some very fancy neighborhoods and past a lot of golf courses - sterile treeless big housing estates. We got to the zoo, and I mistakenly got a combination ticket for the admission, train ride, and bird and giraffe feeding. I didn't realize that we could get the train ride separately. They also had kayak tours
Kayaking at the zoo

Kayaking at the zoo


but I was afraid I would not be able to get out, even if I could get in.
Brevard Zoo - Local Wildlife Area

Brevard Zoo - Local Wildlife Area


I was primarily interested in the native Florida birds and animals - alligators,
Alligators in the sun

Alligators in the sun


crocodiles,
A croc's grin

A croc's grin


and we saw them feeding the red wolves.
Endangered red wolf

Endangered red wolf

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I saw a sand hill crane up close and personal so I'm sure that's what my son-in-law was seeing.
Sand Hill Crane

Sand Hill Crane


Duck chasing turtle

Duck chasing turtle


We saw a turtle swimming along with a duck chasing it and eating algae off the turtle's back kind of like the little cleaner fish that go into the bigger fish's gills to clean parasites off.
Deer

Deer

Bobcat giving us the cold shoulder

Bobcat giving us the cold shoulder

Fish in the zoo

Fish in the zoo

Flamingos

Flamingos

Kookaburro

Kookaburro

Macaw

Macaw

Turkeys

Turkeys

Birds at the zoo

Birds at the zoo

Scarlet macaws

Scarlet macaws

Rheas

Rheas

Black swan

Black swan

turtles

turtles


Then we got on the train called the
Cape to Cairo Express

Cape to Cairo Express

African section

African section


to ride around the African area, and then went to feed the rainbow lorikeets
Lorikeet at the zoo drinking nectar

Lorikeet at the zoo drinking nectar


a fruity nectar from a little cup in the free flight cage.
Bob with rainbow lorikeet

Bob with rainbow lorikeet

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They sat on our hats and on Bob's shoulder and picked at his ears.
Bob feeding lorikeet

Bob feeding lorikeet


I tried to get a picture of their black tongues lapping up the nectar, but it was not possible to hold the cup and take a picture at the same time.
We could have had lunch at the zoo

We could have had lunch at the zoo


Now it was lunchtime, and it was hot but I didn't want to eat in the zoo. So we left without seeing much of the African area and we completely skipped the South American section and drove in the direction of Melbourne proper.

I had decided I wanted to eat at Conchy Joes, which is in the old Oleander's Hotel near the Eau Gallie bridge.
Old Oleander Hotel poster

Old Oleander Hotel poster


We never got to eat here when we were at the SSCA (Seven Seas Cruiser's Association) meetings in October1999. The hotel where we had reservations had screwed things up and we had to stay in the next town.

Convention Center from car 2005

Convention Center from car 2005


They are only open for lunch until 2:30 in the afternoon and Bob thought we would not make it. We overshot the Eau Gallie causeway
Bridge from Conchy Joes in 2005

Bridge from Conchy Joes in 2005


and turned on 192 instead and couldn't find them there. I finally called them to find out where they were.
Welcome to Conchy Joes

Welcome to Conchy Joes


We finally got there a little before 2.
Inside dining room

Inside dining room

Drink menu

Drink menu

Wall at Conchy Joes

Wall at Conchy Joes

Inside Conchy Joes

Inside Conchy Joes

Salad bar

Salad bar


I had the special which was a fried chicken club wrap with one side
Chicken wrap

Chicken wrap


(I picked mango glazed plantains) for $8.95, and Bob had a very unadventurous hamburger, even if it was the famous 'works' burger for $6.00.
The Works Burger

The Works Burger

The Works Bburger

The Works Bburger


The total bill was a bit over $17.00. I could not finish my wrap (the bacon was a bit like cardboard) and wrapped it up to take home.

Afterwards, we drove around to see some historic buildings .
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Historic District

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We tried to go up into the Melbourne Historic District, but some of the roads were blocked with construction. We also wanted to look to see how the Melbourne Marina had fared. Seemed to be just like we remembered it.
Marina from the road 2005

Marina from the road 2005

Flashback - December 14-15, 2000

After we visited with friends anchored near the Eau Galle bridge, we felt we'd not make it to Ft. Pierce, so we went to Melbourne Harbor Marina at MM 918.5

I was not to impressed with this place. They require an imprint of a credit card for $30 for their restroom key. The dockmaster we talked to was an idiot who had a sort of semi-hostile jokey manner. They put us in a slip with barely 5 feet of water. He waited until we were halfway in to ask if we'd rather go to another (bigger) slip. The area smelled of sewage, there was a highway right behind us and a train trestles right behind that. Trains went through at all hours of the day and night - whistling continuously. Every time Bob turned on the depth sounder, we had less water under us in the slip.

You can get ice cheaper just up the stairs at the gas station next to the highway. Three bags at the marina is $4.50, and at the gas station 3 bags is $3.45. The price is $1.25/foot, but that includes electricity and cable. They did let me use the fax to download e-mail, but I had to balance the computer on the edge of a file drawer. Be careful crossing the street -the walk sign is only on for about 3 nanoseconds and it is a wide street with 4 or 5 lanes. You have to get across half of it before the walk goes on, or there's no hope.

The marina has a restaurant (Chart House) and we got a discount there, but it was too expensive for us. We walked up into town - there is a deli that is open for lunch that is reasonable, and we went to Bella's for dinner which is about a block down. For dinner we had lasagna for $8 each. That was one of the least expensive things. They also have a bakery and a deli. We bought some bread and cookies that are a pale imitation of Bergers with the chocolate fudge tops. I took half my lasagna back to the boat.

The scuba bottle let loose all its air suddenly last night about 9 pm. Made a terrible racket.

December 15 - We got out of the very shallow slip with me at the wheel and Bob ready to fend off, but everything went well. I was afraid that they would have to tow us out through the mud.

End Flashback

Bella's where we ate when we were at the marina in 2000 was still there.
Bella's in the afternoon

Bella's in the afternoon


After this visit in 2000 we always anchored in the Indian River instead of going to a marina until 2002 after Bob's heart attack when we went to Intercoastal Marina. Hurricane Jeanne (2004) destroyed all docks at that marina. We saw pictures from after the hurricanes.

I wanted to see what the status of Dragon Point was, so we drove over to Merritt Island. There were many road signs that were missing, so I could not find the proper street to turn on and we did not find it. We did see a church with its steeple down next to it and blue tarps on the roof.
Church with no steeple after the hurricanes

Church with no steeple after the hurricanes


Eventually we got to Port Canaveral, and I asked Bob to drive around in there a bit.
Port Canaveral from a car in 2005

Port Canaveral from a car in 2005


Disney at Port Canaveral

Disney at Port Canaveral

We got home about 4:30. Bob decided to drive the Mercedes a bit to see whether it had improved, but he did not drive it far enough to get the tires hot, so he thought it had been cured. I was not really hungry, so I had the rest of my wrap for dinner and also had some ice cream. Bob had the leftover chicken.

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