I have been busy writing and doing things around the house the last couple of days, so yesterday it was time for a change of pace. After a leisurely breakfast and visiting with our houseguest, Jim Lewis, here at home for a while, we decided to take a ride and show him around the area a little bit more.
One of the things that really sold us on this part of the Florida coast is the beautiful Canaveral National Seashore, with its miles of pristine undeveloped beaches, hiking trails, and recreational opportunities.
From our dock, as the crow flies it’s only a couple of miles across the Intercoastal Waterway and through the mangrove swamps to the Seashore. But since we are not crows, we had to drive up to New Smyrna Beach, cross over on the South Causeway, and then back down to the Seashore, which made it about an eighteen mile trip.
But I think Jimmy thought it was worth it when we parked and walked across the dunes on the boardwalk to the beach. If you live in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, how can you not appreciate a view like this?
It was a breezy day, but the sun was out and it was comfortable. We spent some time on the beach picking up seashells and watching the birds as they searched for a meal in the sand. Even on a Saturday afternoon, there were no more than half a dozen people on the beach. Plenty of elbow room.
Here’s a picture of Miss Terry and Jimmy, and below that one of him and me. I’m the handsome one on the right, and even though Jim is taller than me, I’ve got him beat on square inches of flesh.
When we left the beach we drove to the end of the road, then retraced our route and headed back to town. We were thinking that an early dinner would be nice and started looking for some place to eat. There are a lot of choices, and I don’t think you could find bad seafood anywhere in this area if you tried. We saw a place called JB’s Fish Camp, with a sign that said they served “Southern Seafood With An Attitude!” and decided to check it out. The restaurant has its origins way back in the 1970s when a local fellow named John Bollman bought the property and began selling fisherman bait and beer. Since then it has grown into a New Smyrna Beach institution that is popular with both the locals and visitors.
All three of us had blackened grouper, and while we all agreed that it was delicious, I think we also all agreed that we prefer New Smyrna Beach Seashack or JC Riptide’s in Edgewater. Not that it was bad, but it’s more of a open beach bar type of place and noisy enough that having a conversation was kind of difficult. But anytime you can eat seafood next to the Seashore, its not all bad, right?
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