Thursday, December 25, 2008

St Augustine Christmas with the Kumbiers!

Its Christmas morning in St Augustine. We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.
We’ve been busy having fun the last couple of days with friends Fran and Mike Kumbier here in St. Augustine. Tuesday, our arrival day from an overnight anchorage in the Tolomato River, they toted us in their jeep to do some provisioning at a super Wal-Mart and then we dined at O’Steens. It’s just up the block from the marina and famous for fried shrimp. The shrimp and also the scallops were delectable and lived up to their reputation. Just beyond O’Steens is Stewart’s Market where Vicki stocked up on wonderful local produce at good prices. Yesterday we hopped on the bikes for some touring - good stops at Flagler College (previously the Flagler Hotel) and the Fort Castillo de San Marcos. Geezer Norm was able to get us all in free on his National Parks Senior Pass.
We then had a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner at the Rain Tree restaurant—another highly recommended spot. Both the Beef Wellington (one of their specialties) and Ahi Tuna were to die for. We don’t usually eat out so much, but this being our Christmas stop we decided to “indulge”.

As you can see, Tide Hiker was decorated for Christmas. We packed a few things aboard… The tree is very festive. The stockings were hung with care on the back door. Rick and Lynnie gave us the coolest lava lamp snow man that plugs into the computer. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without mistletoe which Norm cleverly hung by wedging a toothpick into the light fixture and hanging the mistletoe from the toothpick. This morning we exchanged our $10 gifts. Vicki got her back massager and a subscription to download music from Apple’s I-Tunes. And, Norm got the red and green crabs he’s been wanting forever. Let us explain: These crabs are for the pilothouse and as the red and green buoys change from left to right or vice versa, we change the crabs. This way we stay reminded as to which side of the waterway we should be in. It’s actually very important and a fun way to get it done. Oh, Oh, this guy didn't have red and green crabs.

Today, the four of us will be headed to the beach for a picnic of grilled burgers, baked beans, salad and homemade apple pie with cheddar cheese on top; and of course……….cold beer ! (No, not sun-baked beans, chiln’s). Norm washed the boat this morning so of course the rain clouds are approaching. On radar it looks like it’s a small cell that will pass—hopefully. Else, we will just have to have the picnic on the boat. We're definitely not skipping the pie!!!!

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