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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:05 am 
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Prologue

We missed going to MB last year because we took an April vacation to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. The “logic” was that we spent our vacation money and couldn’t afford to go MB a few months later. This year, we also went to Indian Rocks Beach in April and went to Bradenton, FL last December for my daughter Emily’s national championship soccer tournament. So our logic gave way to the emotions of wanting to go back to the place we love to vacation, and financially we will be paying for it for the next few months. Oh well. . .

Originally, just my wife, I and Emily were planning on a MB vacation this year. About a week before we were to depart, Jessica decided that she would like to spend some time with us in MB. She decided to come down a day later and leave a day earlier than us.

The past two years for us have been relatively eventful. Our family has been OK. My wife and I are still employed (I got to lose 6 days pay while on furlough for the Federal Government though) and our lives have not changed much. My daughter, Jessica, moved out on her own and now lives in a very nice apartment. She is still employed as a Research Fellow doing psychological studies. Emily started high school last year. She is doing well, making the varsity girls’ soccer team and varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. And she was on the high honor roll (all A’s for the year). My wife’s parents; however, have not been well, especially her father. He has had a bunch of medical issues that have had him in hospitals a few times, followed by extended stays at rehabilitation facilities. He is home now and he and his wife just had their 60th wedding anniversary party this past Saturday. Our three dogs are fine. Our pet frog, Spaz, died after being with us for over 6 years.

Over the past two years, we have had some pretty bad weather. During a few storms, we lost our electrical power. I decided to have the house wired for the use of an external generator and bought a nice large generator just in case we had any future outages. And as luck would have it, we haven’t had an outage since. . .

Prior to the trip, I made the usual list of “things to do”. The list included the typical tasks, like “stop the mail” and “stop the newspapers”, as well as a bunch of house-related items. It is understood that I do the house-related items and my wife takes care of the mail and newspapers. She also has been responsible for the pet care.

In the recent past, we have either placed the dogs in a local kennel or had my daughter, Jessica, watch them. This year, we had our neighbors watch them. . .

To be continued. . . (Photos to follow)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:14 am 
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Day 0

The day before we departed was not the usual panic and turmoil. I left work a couple of hours early to provide me enough time to get the house prepared for our departure. We all packed and re-packed, knowing that we were going to take too many things with us. Emily had an evening of a pre-season high school soccer camp until 8 PM, but she was already packed, so the later hour did not make her stay up later than usual.

With a departure flight from Boston at 9:47 AM, I figured that we could take the newer Boston Express bus service located about 5 miles from our house. This option would save us about $50 over driving into the airport and parking at the remote, “economy” lot and $25 over driving and parking at the Logan Express lot and taking a shorter bus ride to the airport. But the night before, my wife commented about the heightened security due to the uprising in Egypt. So we thought that the Boston Express bus, although less expensive and more efficient, would not provide us enough time to go through the security at the airport. We compromised and decided to take the Logan Express bus.

After checking and talking about the next day’s tasks, we went to bed in anticipation of our first trip back to MB in two years!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:17 pm 
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Missed your trip report last year. Happy to hear you were able to vacation in Myrtle Beach this year. I always enjoyed your reports and your style of writing. Once again you have built the suspense while we await the actual trip details.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:47 pm 
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Thank you. Early this Spring, we had decided that we needed to go away to different places, but the good memories of our past vacations at MB made us decide to go again. And we're glad that we did!!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:47 am 
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Day 1

We all got up earlier than we needed to because of the perceived need to get to the airport early due to the heightened security. And because we were competing with the usual heavy commuter traffic, we felt that we needed ensure that we got to the Logan Express bus terminal (one of four regional bus feeder locations going/returning from Boston’s Logan International Airport) early enough to catch the 7 AM bus to the airport. This would give us almost two hours at the airport to get through the security lines, walk to our gate and prepare to depart.

As it turned out, there was hardly any traffic on the highway. I dropped off the ladies and our baggage at the terminal, while I parked the SUV. I went to the terminal and we were able to board the bus. All seemed to be working well, until I noticed that a lady with no legs in a wheel chair was waiting outside the bus to get her wheel chair loaded. The younger bus driver, who told her that he was on his second day on the job, couldn’t get the lift to work. He called another driver who was just returning to the same terminal for help. The other driver arrived in a few minutes. He moved things around and in a matter of a few seconds, had the lady and her wheel chair on board the bus and secured for the ride to the airport. The ride to the airport was as uneventful as our commute to the bus terminal. It was as if it was a Sunday morning; not a Wednesday morning.

We were at the airport early and the security lines were short and efficient. And because all had gone so well and we were early, it only figured that our flight was delayed for a little over an hour. So we headed to a food court for a leisurely breakfast meal. We also spent some time looking at the stores need the gate. One of the stores was a Boston souvenir shop. And although we had lived in the Boston area for over 15 years, we decided to buy a Red Sox hat for Emily and Bruins hat for me.

Once on the plane headed for Charlotte, we were quite comfortable all of us sitting in the Exit Row seats. The flight was good and we were excited thinking that in a couple of hours we would be in MB. But once in the terminal, we discovered that the flight to MB was down due to maintenance. It started out being an hour late, and then two hours. The distance from the gate we landed to the departure gate was quite a distance. And en route, Emily saw a t-shirt that she wanted, but the other one (they were $16.99 for one or $25 for two) was not the correct size. So we walked to the departure gate and passed two stores that carried North Carolina t-shirts, but neither of them had the “right” shirt. So she bought ONE Duke t-shirt for almost $19 with the tax. When I asked why she did not buy a second one, she said that she really only wanted that one. Meanwhile, the departure time kept being changed, as was the gate. We walked to the newly assigned gate, only to be told by the gate agent that that was a mistake and that we were to depart at the original gate.

While waiting for the plane, I met a guy who was originally from Connecticut, but who had moved to MB over 20 years earlier. He was retired from a job in Connecticut and had started a flooring business in MB. From what he said, he thought that MB’s economy was doing much better.

The flight to MB was also a good one - short and sweet. Upon landing and walking off the aircraft, we were impressed by the new terminal in MB. We gathered our luggage and went to the rental car agency. This trip, we rented a Ford Escape.

We arrived at the Hampton Inn & Suites (HI&S) and received a special greeting as Hilton Diamond members. (What that meant is that we received complimentary beverages and snacks.) We were also told that there was special parking on each of the parking garage’s floors for us. We ended up getting a room in the “new” building on the 10th floor. The room was nice, an ocean front room with two queen beds.

After getting situated, we got ready to go out for dinner. And has we have done for the past few years; we headed for Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/ 47a3d610b3127ccef3a b81d3b60100000030O00BcuGzRo4aMwe3nwk/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00304844689020130831130347122.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/ . Upon arriving, we were able to get seated immediately. The initial reaction was not good, as we sat down to a wet table and one of the one dip bowls with queso residue. The waitress was very pleasant. She called herself “Georgia”, although she admitted that she hailed from Philadelphia. She told us that she followed her mother to MB, and although she had been there for 6 or 7 years, she was ready to head back there and begin school. What I thought was interesting about Georgia was that when she initially greeted us she sported a Southern accent. After a few minutes, she dropped the accent. The food included taco chips with salsa and queso sauce http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/, followed by a variety of Mexican foods (Chile Con Queso, Beef & Cheese Chimichanga, Quesadillas Al Horno and Chicken Fajita Chimichanga) https://www.shutterfly.com/signin/viewS ... 539b174993, https://www.shutterfly.com/signin/viewS ... 539b174993, http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ All were fresh and presented well. So other than our initial observations, we would rate the experience a solid 8 on a 1 -10 scale.

Our next stop was to Wal-Mart to stock up on the week’s supplies. And as in the past, we saw a bunch of interesting characters in the store. The store was very busy and some line extended all the way back to the display aisles. As we moved through the food aisles, I was excited to see a full display of Hostess Bakery products http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/. When I pointed them out to my wife, she told me that they were already available back home. Who knew?

Our next place to visit was Market Commons. As we drove into the heart of the area, we were all very surprised to see the new homes that had been built. We were also impressed by the new stores that had been added. The downtown area was bustling with people. Before we departed, we all agreed that we needed to return for another night of shopping and perhaps having a dinner at one of the restaurants.

We headed back to HI&S, arriving a little before 9:30 PM. As we parked and approached the buildings, I heard what sounded like a very loud stereo. I was surprised because on all of our other visits to the HI&S, the place was very quiet, at night. When we entered our room, the noise was still rather loud. I opened the sliding glass door and went out on to the balcony to determine where the noise was coming from. What I witnessed was a large (7 feet?) screen set up on one end of the property http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/. On the screen was a Disney movie and in the audience were over 100 people sitting on pool chairs, hammocks and beach towels spread out on the lawns. What a great idea!

After putting our Wal-Mart supplies away, we went to bed looking forward to our first full day at the beach.

To be continued.

. . . Photos to follow this weekend, I promise!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:08 am 
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Excellent trip report as always, Frank! We've missed seeing you the last couple years.

As you pointed out, the economy is doing much better with lots of new housing communities in the Market Common area.

Looking forward to the remainder of your vacation, plus the photos!

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Hi Patrish and Wally:

Thank you for the kind words.

We were sorry to not attend the "meet-up" this year. We will be back back again and will make it a point to "bond" again real soon.

More trip report to follow with photos shortly.

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Can't wait :nanner:

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Day 2

We got up early (for a MB vacation) and headed to airport to pick up Jessica. She took an early (5:30 AM) direct-flight from Boston and arrived at 7:20 AM. We parked at the airport (we noticed all new lots) and waited for her in the terminal. We saw Jess and went to get her bag. On the way back to the HI&S, she told us that her plane was full and the passengers were mostly younger adults.

Once back, we headed for the continental breakfast. The room was not very busy, but just like in past years there were a few aggressive people who “had to have” their food right away. As a matter of fact, as I was heading back to get some milk for my cereal, a guy jumped up from his chair and charged for a muffin. He never looked and could care less that anyone was in his way or that he got in the way of someone else. Interestingly enough, on my way back to my table, the same guy’s 10 year old son came whipping around a corner with his head down and run right into me. I saw him coming for a split second and raised the cup of milk up to avoid him hitting it directly. But he came so hard and fast that he did hit my arm and the milk spilled on my arm, on his shirt and on the floor. And because his mother and father were following him at a distance, the mother gave him an earful. I felt like telling her that her husband was just as bad, but decided not to.

Once washed up and changed, we headed for the beach/pool. But a short time after we were down by the pool, Jessica decided that she needed to buy a suntan lotion with a higher PH rating, so she wouldn’t get burned. So we went up to our rooms, I got the car keys and off to Walgreen’s we went. As I was driving there, my flip-flop broke. If I had been at home, I would have spent an hour with Super Glue, a vise and a bunch of other devices to repair a $5 pair of 10 year old flip-flops. But being on vacation, I opted to buy a new pair, but not at Walgreen’s – they were too expensive. We drove over to Eagles, where I bought a spiffy pair for $7.

We head back to the pool and spent time there. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ . My wife “bonded” with a 50 year old newly-wed lady from Charlotte http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/. They talked about MB, Charlotte, Boston and a bunch of other things. One of the improvements that was added at HI&S was a snack bar at one end of the property. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ . The place offered a variety of drinks including frozen alcoholic and non-alcoholic ones, wine, beer, soda and water http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ . There was also a limited menu of sandwiches, chips and other light snacks. A little after noon, I walked over to the snack bar and bought some pina coladas http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/, a Diet Coke and a BBQ sandwich. The sandwich was $6.50 and had a sliver of BBQ between two sides of a hamburger bun. From what I could taste, it was good but was priced about $3 too high. After lunch, I opted to spend some time at the beach. I walked to one of the piers and back and did some body surfing. Life was good, except for the jelly fish http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ that were in the general area. I was lucky to not having been stung. Some kids were not so fortunate.

We went up to the room http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D60/, http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/, http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ , got cleaned up and headed out to dinner. This night, Jessica had found a “new” place to go – Castano’s Italian Steakhouse http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/, http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D60/, at Barefoot Landing . http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ The last time we went to this same restaurant building, it was another restaurant with a different theme.

Before we went out, I took the time to review what other diners had said about Castano’s on-line. What I found interesting was that the restaurant owner responded to all of the reviews. And when there were any concerns about the food, service or practices, he did not mince words. He responded directly. Having worked with a variety of people myself, there are some nice ones and some very demanding and trite ones. It’s not easy to run a service business where ALL of the customers are happy ALL of the time. . .

Our experience was a good one as far as the service and the food were concerned. Our entrees included a Caesar salad with chicken, Pollo Parmigiano (chicken parmigiana), Veal Brando (veal marsala) and an 8 ounce Prohibition Barrel (filet mignon). We would rate the food a “9” or “10”. The only “complaints” that I had were that the waiter who was servicing the table to our rear ended up cutting the corner too sharp, repeatedly bumping into me two or three times; and that the guy at the next table was a very loud BS artist. He was sitting with his adult children and their kids talking about all the places where he had traveled. He made some comments about some places that were untrue or inaccurate (I had been to the same places many times myself), but because his audience didn’t know any better, they believed his every word. Too bad. But overall, it was a very nice experience and reasonably priced for such good food and service.

After dinner, we walked around Barefoot Landing and visited a few shops http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ . Not much new there, but it is still a popular place. My ladies bought a few small things.

We headed back and called it a night.

To be continued. . .


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Hello:

I added photos as promised and will try to post some more of the trip report and photos soon. Sorry for the dealy.

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Thanks for the photos, Frank! The girls are both just as beautiful as I remember them, but growing up quickly!

The Abuelo's photo won't link for some reason I can't figure out. I didn't know there were flags to warn of jellyfish!

You get a lot done on your vacation, and it looks like everyone was happy. Thanks for sharing the photos.

I had to smile at the bonding photo. We met a couple in 2003 while we were on vacation and we still keep in touch. We met up with them on a couple other vacations and spent 3 days at their FL home this past Feb. As they say, timing is everything!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:56 am 
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Day 3

I got up early and read as the ladies slept. A short time later, they got up. We got dressed and went down to breakfast at 8:15 AM. The dining area had an average attendance and we did not have any problem finding a table to sit. Within the next few minutes, the place was crowded. The hostess that was on duty this morning was overwhelmed. It takes a special person to be able to graciously barge her way into the aggressive crowd of hungry people to replenish items and clean up after them. This lady was too nice and not used to the environment. She was slow and many items were not available. She eventually got some help and things got better. This is probably not the job for her. Interestingly, we never saw here again in the breakfast area.

After breakfast, we headed up to the room to get ready for the pool/beach. I decided to stay behind and check my email and investments. While I was in the room, the chambermaids stopped by to clean the room. I talked to them and found out that one young lady was from Siberia and the other one from the Ukraine. They were very pleasant and had a fairly good command of American English. They were both in the United States for summer work. When they returned to their homes, one was going to continue her studies in radio journalism and the other one was studying law with the hopes of becoming a judge, like her father.

Shortly thereafter, I went down to the pool area. I met my wife and daughters and decided to sit in an area with a little shade. I found an Adirondack chair and settled in it to read http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / . A few minutes after I had been there, a lady decided to sit in a matching chair about 10 feet away. All was good for a few seconds until she took her cell phone out of her beach bag. She called someone and they proceeded to gossip for the next 30 minutes! What a “wind bag”! It drove me crazy. After the first few minutes, I would look at her like she was an idiot, but she avoided my eye contact and kept on complaining about people, things and how people didn’t understand her. . . Oh boy! I moved to another location near the kiddies’ pool, under the newer section of the HI&S building, where I could read in a much better and quieter environment.

We had snacks for lunch and stayed by the pool for most of the afternoon. I met a guy from Charlotte, who worked for a Lenox Tools, a large sponsor of the New Hampshire International Speedway’s NASCAR race. He talked about Lenox and how it was not sponsoring as many sporting events as it had done in the past. Interesting guy.

Later in the afternoon, I went for a walk up the beach with my daughters. With the aid of Jessica’s I Phone, we were able to calculate that the walk to/from the Second Avenue pier was 1.4 miles from the HI&S and 2.8 miles round trip.

After some time at the beach showing the younger folks how to body surf (smile), we went back to the room to wash up, get dressed and go out to dinner. And for this evening, Jessica recommended that we try the Second Avenue Pier restaurant. The restaurant was the one that we walked to early that afternoon. We weren’t sure where it was exactly, so we traveled up Ocean Boulevard until we found it. When we arrived, there was a large open parking lot with ample parking. We parked and went up a few stairs to enter a small store that carried some souvenirs and a bunch of fishing tackle and bait. We entered the restaurant and were seated immediately http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/ . We ended up at a table near the kitchen that was very busy, but offered a very nice view of the beach http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / and ocean. The menus were kind of neat in that they were on wooden bases http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... /ry%3D400/. Our waiter was very efficient and service-oriented. Our entrees included two Hook salads (Caesar salads), one with steak tips http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / and the other with chicken http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / ; a chicken sandwich http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / and a fried seafood platter http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / . My dinner salad arrived a few minutes after ordering. It was very fresh and good. The entrees arrived a few minutes later. We were all very pleased with the food’s quality, freshness and presentation. We would rate the restaurant and service close to a “10”.

To be continued. . .


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Hi Patrish:

You're welcome. I hope that the photos aren't too boring. I fixed the Abeulo's photo - it should work now.

The girls have grown, especially Emily, our youngest. She is now about 5 foot 8 inches a good 3 inches taller than her 9 year older sister!

The "jellyfish flag" is one of the many that are available to the lifeguards to post. There are also flags for riptides. For years, I have made it a point to take a look at the local lifeguard's chairs for what flags are flying. And when the jellyfish flag is flying, I also make it a point to keep a few people in around me when I am body surfing to have them protect me and act as jellyfish "bait" (smile).

It seems that wherever we go, we usually end up in the pool and start talking to someone. At the HI&S, we have seen the same people for years and acknowledge them when we see them. But this year, we were there a couple of weeks earlier than usual and none of the "old gang" were there. . .


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Day 3 Continued

After dinner, we went back out through the store, where we paid one dollar each to go out onto the pier http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 /. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 /. There were a number of people fishing out there. From what I gathered, many of them were “regulars”, having their own particular fishing spots. It was interesting to see how engaged the fishermen were. Many had families with them, who were just sitting and waiting. While out at the end of the pier, I asked one of the men how the fishing was going. He told me that he had caught a few, but none tonight. I could tell by his accent that he was most likely from the Province of Quebec in Canada. So, of course, I asked him where he was from. And sure enough, he lived in Quebec City. I mentioned to him that we were in Montreal a couple of weeks earlier and wanted to go to Quebec City, but it was too far away to go for a night. I mentioned the Hotel Frontenac and how beautiful it was. He agreed, but went on to say that one of the most beautiful tourist spots in North America was located a couple of hours south of MB – Charleston. (He planted an idea in my head for a day trip to Charleston – see Day 5).

Leaving the pier, we continued to drive north on Ocean Boulevard. It was interesting to see the throngs of people in the heart of MB. There were many thousands of people lining the streets and in the local stores, arcades and rides. This is not something we would see in New Hampshire, that’s for sure! From there, we turned around and headed to Market Commons to do some “much needed” shopping. (You may recall in my previous trip reports that I shared that we have the same stores back home, where the sales tax is ZERO!) We walked around to some of the shops that the ladies wanted to visit and they shopped in a ladies’ boutique that had a very interesting sign on one of its windows http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 /. Although it was rather bold, it is very true. . . Later, we ended up at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore, where I bought a book about local folklore as I typically do wherever we travel.

On the way “home”, we stopped at Diary Queen, where I was very proud of myself for being able to remember the convoluted orders that my ladies shouted at me as we approached the drive thru kiosk. (Either I’m getting better at remembering things or their orders are not as complicated as they have been in the past).

We headed back to the HI&S and got organized and went to bed. Another great day in MB!


To be continued. . .


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Day 4

The day began as it usually has this vacation. Breakfast today was “survival of the fittest”. Because it was Saturday and the end of most of the arrive-by-car vacationers, I wasn’t sure if they were so aggressive because they were in a rush to get on the road or if they were practicing for the behavior necessary to be competitive when they returned home. Either way, there were a bunch of folks who acted like getting their food was a top priority. It wasn’t a lot of fun for me and the ladies, although we are no ‘wilting lilies’. . .

The ladies spent the morning either sunning or in the pool, while I decided to go for a long walk over in the direction of Market Commons. The morning air was thick with humidity and the temperatures were in the mid-90s. And as a guy who sweats when the temperature goes above 72 at home, I probably lost a few pounds of water during my trek http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 /.

After lunch by the pool and some reading, Jessica and I decided to go for a walk along the beach. And because my feet were getting sensitive due to the hot sand and walking around without shoes (I also wear some sort of footwear, unless I am asleep. The ladies walk around the house barefoot.), I decided to wear my running shoes for the walk. All went well for the first quarter of a mile, then a large wave came crashing in to shore, I was trapped between the beach and some folks in beach chairs, so my right shoe got soaked. Not having much fun, I aborted the mission and we returned to the HI&S.

We spent the rest of the afternoon around the pool or at the beach. Emily and I had a good time playing in the waves and my wife and Jessica lulled away their time in the pool. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 60/ry%3D60 / , http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 60/ry%3D60 /.

After getting washed up and dressed, it was decided that this evening we would go to the Landshark Bar & Grill. Jessica had done some website reviews and thought that we would enjoy it. (She knows that I don’t like “beansprouty/trendy” food, so she only selects places that have ‘regular food’, according to me.) The Landshark is a Jimmy Buffet restaurant that is fairly new to MB. We, in past years, visited his Hamburger in Paradise and Margaritaville restaurants.

The Landshark is located under the MB Sky Wheel in the downtown amusement section of MB. It is an area that sees thousands of tourists every night which made me wonder whether we would be able to secure parking in the immediate area of the restaurant.

I drove to the restaurant and noticed a small parking lot just after it. I pulled in to the lot, doubting that there would be any spaces and just as I rounded the corner, a car pulled out of a space perpendicular to the sidewalk. I parked and noticed that there was a requirement to pay at a kiosk. I was a little shocked to see that the fee was $14.00 for two hours, but comparing the fees to those of downtown Boston, they were low. We only had to walk about 50 feet before entering the restaurant just beyond the Sky Wheel ticket counter.

Entering the restaurant, it was decorated in a Jimmy Buffett style, casual and beach-related. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / . We were seated right away at a table right next to the beach http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3d61 ... 0/ry%3D400 / and had the best of both worlds – a nice view and indoor fans.

To be continued. . .


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