Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My First Boat Ride (to Fernandina) and The Kitschy "Old Florida" Resturant


I'm a sun-loving Floridian that until recently, had never rode on a speed boat. The hell is up with that? My friend AJ made the offer to take a ride with him and his grandpa and I knew I had to jump on that! I neglected to bring my SLR, perhaps for good reason because a fast boat and open water with over $800 worth of life-giving (I take photos to live! Literally) photo equipment is a bad damn idea. Besides, it was nice not to fiddle with ISO/Shutter Speed/Etc. and instead focus on enjoying the sun, surf, and company.


Her name is "Naughty Lady." She's was there to show us a good time? I didn't question it, just grateful to ride her.


Make of that what you will.


We passed fellow speed boaters, jet skiers and small "islands" along the way from Jacksonville to Fernandina. Everyone we passed waved and smiled.



There was lots of mysterious rusted industrial mess to behold. I assume as we passed bases and plants.


And speeding through with nothing but the blue sky above and waters on the horizon was highly meditative. We flock to the water to abandon all our problems where we left them, on the shore.


My favorite sight was this house boat. I've got an obsession with micro homes and have already dreamed of living of house boat living.


The fist seaside eatery we tried to stop at had a highly questionable dock so we fled, instead we ended up trying the place where we started, "Old Florida".


I loved the tropical well-maintained landscaping, kitschy details, logo, and "classy" interior. With terrariums!


Terrariums filled with toys! Hell yes. This place is kind of like my dream house or something. It sprung out of my mind the way Hera erupted from Zues' migraine. Magic! I mostly "ate up" the decor because there wasn't much for a vegan on the menu besides salad and fried squash. (I picked off the breading.) AJ's grandpa joked, "What DO you eat, girl?"


It was a lovely day of sea and sun that has me itching to go on many more adventures. I shall conclude with a Haiku:  The sky above me / The sea is below, steady / troubles melt away.
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14 comments:

  1. Love the pictures - so nice to get on the water, isn't it? How fitting was the name of the boat for your first boat ride there? I have also dreamed of a microhome on a boat, although I imagine it would get old in bad weather.

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    1. ReadyMade did a fascinating story on a house boat that I may have to share later, they re-did the interior and it ended up really charming. There was also one on a "small homes" documentary. I imagine there are MANY cons but it's still a romantic thought.

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  2. That is my new goal for the summer - speedboating! It looks so fun; it does sound restful and exciting all at the same time!!! Now I just need to find a friend with a boat....

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    1. I highly recommend it. I want to speedboat through the Everglades next!

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    1. Thanks :) not too bad for swift phone photos.

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  4. that resteraunt looks awesome I love all the kitschy stuff in florida

    retro rover

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    1. Same! I'll be exploring more soon.

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  5. Looks great! Cool restaurant! Leave your troubles on the shore-- love it!!

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    1. Indeed! :) looking forward to more swimming.

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  6. I haven't been in open water in so long. I can't swim and the older I get the more uncomfortable I am with riding in boats. Sad face!

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    1. There's always life vests but I feel you, we all have our fears. I'm afraid of heights so roller coasters are OUT. OF. THE. QUESTION. Although I will climb too things/mountains propelled by the sense of exploration and idea of getting good photos....hmmm curious and curiouser.

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  7. I just found your blog! A fellow Floridian poet? What are the odds! Love your style & your taste. too. I'll definitely be back! :D

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    1. Aw, Thanks Kelly :D I hope you'll be back!

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