Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Jim’s Drive Thru….

Jim’s Drive Thru is not what you think! Jim was our neighbor for the last three days - not the name of a barbeque restaurant or package store. I’ll explain more about the drive thru later. We first met Jim when we pulled into the Sunset Isle RV and Yacht Club (a bit of a misnomer because there was not a yacht in site…only a WWII era bucket-of-rust barge that had most recently been used as a bar/restaurant, an obvious failed business venture). We noticed Jim right away because he was outside with his yellow lab Sienna. A beautiful, sweet dog that Otter took to right away. Finally, Otter was at a place where she could run off leash and play with another lab. Jim was very friendly and we chatted about our dogs and the kayaks we both sported on top of our cars. Soon his wife Lorraine appeared and we continued to get to know our new neighbors. Over the course of the three days at Sunset Isle, we talked to Jim and Lorraine often and enjoyed hearing about their RV adventures in Crystal River and Homosassa, Florida where they spent the winters.

Yesterday, the buckets of rain that had been pouring on us during the last 24-hours before finally dried up and we were itching to do something outside. The afternoon weather brought a glimmer of sunshine and the four of us (plus Otter) launched our kayaks and set out on an adventure to kayak through the Carrabelle harbor and off into the marsh. Unfortunately 30-knot head winds and an inability to make forward progress despite paddling cut our trip short. We gave up on our plan, stopped paddling and drifted back to the launch. Our trip cut short, but none the less, we enjoyed kayaking and talking with Jim and Lorraine.

Earlier in the day, Lorraine invited us to come over for dinner because she was going to have a fish fry. She brought some frozen walleye along from Michigan and had plenty to share. We brought red beans and rice and a bottle of wine. If you know Betsy very well then you know she does not like fish. She asked me before we went to dinner, “what am I going to eat?” I replied, “cole slaw and red beans and rice.” Her dejected face said a lot about her impending disappointing dinner but I was excited to have fried fish. Lorraine’s fish was outstanding and we BOTH ate until our stomachs ached from so much fish and laughing so hard.  Betsy has now decided that she likes fish - a true compliment to Lorraine's cooking. Now back to why the title of this blog is “Jim’s Drive Thru.” After dinner, Jim slipped into his moho, slid open the kitchen window and said “Can I take your order? And don’t forget to pay at the next window?” We all laughed at Jim’s Drive Thru window and passed him the dishes while we finished the wine.
Jim's Drive Thru.
Open til midnight....

Lorraine sharing her culinary secrets with Nancy.

Jim and Nancy finishing a great meal.

1 comment:

  1. I'm enjoying reading how much you are enjoying your trip! This is the first time I've ever seen a part of Florida that appeals to me.


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