Winter World of Beer Tour (Days 42-45)
February 15-February 18
Monday we slept in and it was wonderful! During our entire stay in Orlando we were up and in the trailer, working all day and then heading to shows on the weekend nights. It was refreshing to catch a breather.
We went to Three Sisters Springs to see the manatees. We were told one was getting rescued so were excited at our timing, however, by the time we got there they were done with the rescue. However, you can read about it here! The river was crystal clear and in some spots very easy to see the manatees, who kind of look like rocks or logs in the water, given the little movement they make.
After the park we went to a place called “The Monkey Bar,” which is a dockside bar and right out front is an island that is home to 6 monkeys. We watched the monkeys play and swing, enjoyed our cocktails, and then meandered down the dock. A fisherman had just come in and was fileting fish…he had an attentive audience:
Our next stop was “The Freezer,” which is a “gem” of a restaurant. It’s the kind of place where you walk in and question their food and cleanliness, yet it’s always full. A full restaurant is usually a good sign – we were excited! Curtiss devoured a half order of shrimp:
Once we had stuffed our bellies we made it back to Shelby’s place. The dogs were thrilled!
On Tuesday we went and rented a questionable canoe…but it was cheap, so we took it! We went out on to the “Chaz” river where several manatees were enjoying the warm spring waters. The water here wasn’t quite as clear as the spot we went on Monday, but we were still able to see them. One even swam up to us! We put the GoPro under water and got some great footage! Once it’s edited, we’ll add it to our Facebook page & YouTube Channel.
Tuesday night we ate BBQ pulled pork and waffles. Shelby told us it was a strange combination indeed, but surprisingly good.
By Wednesday Curtiss and I took some time in the morning to get caught up on booking e-mails and establishing where we would sleep the rest of this tour (which ends mid-March). After lunch we headed to a trail that was riddled with old caves. Curtiss & Shelby went down into one narrow one, while I happily volunteered to wait with the dogs. Once done hiking, we took the dogs back to the house and headed to The Monkey Bar to enjoy a drink in the sunshine on the dock. Once the noseums came out, we hopped over to another bar in hopes to avoid them. We sat dockside at this one as well and enjoyed the sunset and watched a manatee swim around in front of us.
Thursday everyone slept in. We hit the road mid-afternoon and headed to Tampa. Thankfully Curtiss had a friend who lives there because for the first time ever we couldn’t find ANYWHERE to stay. We are younger than 55 and built our own trailer…both no-no’s in Tampa apparently.
The show (much to our surprise) was at Maloney’s Local Pub, which is across from the World of Beer. The venue wasn’t bad, but the crowd was a little rough to entertain. Several loud, obnoxious patrons…and not the funny drunk kind. More the a-hole kind. Of course though, Curtiss figured out how to get to them and play what they love. By the end of the night they were all clapping along with him. Some nights, I don’t know how he does it!