Catching up with Florida and Family, Day 6

We packed up and checked out of our hotel and drove back over to our new home. The roof rafters were installed so we actually got to see some progress.This would be the last time we would see our house until it’s completely finished.

Then we headed over to Port Canaveral for lunch at Grills, and saw the MSC Meraviglia in port before returning our rental car and checking into the Airport Hyatt before flying back to Las Vegas the next morning.

It had been a whirlwind of a trip, focusing on buying a new home, catching up with family and WDW, even though we didn’t enter any of the parks. We’re planning to use our purchased tickets to upgrade to a Florida resident Annual Pass.


Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 5, Part 3: Wilderness Lodge

Well, we couldn’t return to Florida without visiting Wilderness Lodge so we met up with Brother Bob that evening, both arriving at the same time. Our plan was to get some dinner at Geyser Point so we headed out there. We found 3 seats at the bar. I started out with a Diet Coke, but ended up getting a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir (of course) with my Bison Burger. Rich got a turkey sandwich and a beer, I think but I totally forgot to take any other photos – lol!

We walked around the property, visited the gift shop, where I got a t-shirt, and sat down by the fireplace to chat. This was Bob’s last night so I let the brothers visit and I walked around some more to reach my goal of 15,000 steps.

We hugged and said our good-byes, walked out to the car just as the MK fireworks were going off, and we returned to the hotel.

 

Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 5, Part 2: the GF

It felt so good to do our old familiar favorite walk from the Poly to the GF. We walked around the lobby and sat and talked for a bit and then went into Basin, where we got some interesting shampoo and conditioner, which I haven’t tried yet.

We walked down to Narcoossees to enjoy the view and then Bob said he was thirsty so we managed to get into the pool area, I grabbed a table and Bob and Rich ordered some drinks at the bar. I tried something new and hated it. It was so thick! Rich went back to get me my usual Margarita, which they replaced for free. Gotta love that Disney service.

We hadn’t been to this pool bar before and can’t wait to return.

Catching up with Florida and Family, Day 5. Part 1: Kona Cafe

We started off the day with breakfast at Kona Cafe at the Polynesian (aka the Poly. I hadTonga Toast and it tasted more like it did the first time, 40 years ago than the last time I gad it, which was a good thing. Not too big and rich. Rich had some kind of combo breakfast. While eating, Bob called and we made plans to meet up.

After breakfast (had a super server named Mary), we visited the gift shop and I got a hat and Rich got a turtle. We found Bob and then walked over to the Grand Floridian (photos of the GF in next post).

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Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 4: Beach Fun

We decided to drive back over to our lot and check out the towns and beaches nearby. Grills at Port Canaveral is one of our favorite restaurants and tiki bars to sip, eat, and watch cruise ships and so we decided to try one of their other locations. The details are all a bit of a blur now. 🙂

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Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 3

We met up with Brother Bob at Disney Springs the next morning and found Bob at Starbucks. While sitting and chatting and waiting for our Wine Bar George ressie, Rich took care of some business on his phone.

We were excited to return to Wine Bar George – it was the last place we’d been onsite at Disney World right before we left for Vegas 4.5 years ago or so.

Soon we were called and mentioned that we’d been there on opening day so as we passed George, our hostess mentioned that to him.

We asked to sit outside so she got permission and led us out to a table on the balcony.

It was a beautiful day. Rich ordered the Steak with Chimi Churri Sauce, Bob got the Flaming Cheese, and I got the Chicken Salad Sandwich. All the food was quite delicious. Our server offered me a taste of a Chardonnay she chose (sorry, but the name escapes me), and then poured me a glass, the same for Rich, he chose a Cabernet Franc and Bob chose a Coke.

After lunch we walked over to Saratoga Springs, something we’ve been doing since the first time we moved to Florida back in 2003. The pool bar was our destination, as always, and I got a Margarita, Rich got his usual Mai Tai, and Bob may have had a beer.

Rich and Bob caught up on some family stuff, and I walked around the resort, including the gift shop and bought a Beauty and the Beast journal (red, of course).

Then we walked back to Disney Springs and each drove off in our respective cars with plans to rest and check in later.

 

Catching Up With Florida and Family, Day 2, Part 1

Our agent sent us to one property to check out before we met at the main property she thought we’d love. While the location was awesome (walk to the beach), the community was a bit undesirable (halfway between the train tracks and a trailer park).

As hard as it was to decide against the vicinity of the beach, we didn’t think sitting out on our lanai with a view of somebody’s single-wide trailer was what we were looking for. We admit it, we’ve had spectacular views in our previous Florida homes and that was definitely something we were looking for. Especially after living in the desert for so many years.

We met up with our agent, and we loved this new community at first glance so we toured the model and then the salesman took us to a couple of other homes partially built since it was a larger floorplan – our largest yet. Funny, we were so sure we were into downsizing until we actually did it in the last Vegas house. It was way too small, especially now that Rich is working remotely full-time, something we didn’t know was coming when we went under contract for our current Vegas house pre-Covid. The Pandemic changed a lot of things, and some of them quite good.

We decided to go for it so we went back to the office to sign a contract for a house on a golf course view lot – yes! Something we’ve wanted for a long, long time. Single story, community pool, things we’ve never been able to get in Las Vegas.

It’s a bit surreal building another house in Florida when it seems like yesterday when we were building the last one. But as Lord Grantham said on Downton Abbey, “I’ve been through a war and a murder trial” since then. Doesn’t it seem just so…