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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Back on Land

Aloha Everyone,

The Intracoastal waterway of Fort Lauderdale is beautiful. As we prepared to disembark Carnival Conquest, J.J. and I walked to the upper deck to take photos in the early light of dawn. At 71 degrees Fahrenheit, the air was cool. I was reluctant to cut our walk short to go back to our cabin for our luggages.

Many of our friends know that we travel light. J.J. pushed our medium sized luggage and I took care of the small carry-on along with my ever reliable black travel bag. We wanted to get off the ship ahead of the crowd.

In Titusville, we stopped for lunch at a popular and now familiar Dixie Crossroad Seafood Restaurant. Their complimentary appetizer is sweet fried dough that resembles donut middles. With powder sugar sprinkled on top, it is a rather curious "appetizer." I took a bite of one but as you can see, J.J. indulged himself by popping a few in his mouth. His fried oyster served with tomato-tortilla soup and my grilled shrimp served with stir-fried vegetables were very good.

According to one of the long time Florida residents, high tourist season used to be from November 15 to April 15. During off season, prices for RV parks and other accommodations would be discounted. Not anymore. With Baby boomers retiring in record numbers and many seeking warmer climates, Florida is enjoying a very robust market. What it means for us is a modest KOA RV Park in St Augustine charges $71.02 per night after the standard discount. Good news is that we have been frequenting KOA RV parks around the country. We applied the accumulated $50 credit towards payment :-)

Aloha -- Cathi