Hello Tourists, we love your money, but …

I think I have written a post like this pretty much every year at some point. We love you tourists!! You spend money in our local communities which means we do not have a state tax like most states.  For that we really, really thank you.

Oar House Friends

My friends in Bayou Chico

Now, let’s get down to brass tacks, as they say. I would not come to your area (Tennessee and Georgia come to mind most quickly) and drive like a total shit head.  I have been in your states and never would do what you to us.

Let’s see – drive like a mad man on I-110 until you get to the three mile bridge and then you poke like you have never seen water before. UGH.

Or like today, hello Kentucky, stop under the 17th street train over pass to take pictures. Um, do you want all the people behind to crash into us. Just do what we do. Find a place to stop and get out and take a picture. Everyone does it – it is totally cool. But don’t stop -under the train. Honestly, ugh. Another state (Ky) that I have driven through and not been a dill weed.

Don’t speed because you think you can get away with it – and do not tail gait us. We know the speed limits and where the police hang out and you should learn from out example. Just saying.

 

5 May 2018

Busy busy day. Let’s see, it was Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, Crawfish Festival, UWF graduation, Blue Wahoos game, Saturday, beautiful to the point of being ideal … what else?

I think that might be enough. Needless to say, traffic was a nightmare. But we made it to one of our favorite places after all. We love the Oar House. It’s an open restaurant right on Bayou Chico and next to Bahai Mar Marina. So we can sit at the bar, be out of the sun (boo), but in the breeze, and watch the boat parade come by as we eat our lunch. All that is great, but they also make the best cheese grits in town.

D&D_1748It is kind of funny when you first tell people the name – you really have to enunciate the words or people get the completely wrong idea. Just try saying it and you will see what I mean. You get it now, right?

We planned our meal between then 10:00 am UWF graduation ceremony – meaning they were all going to lunch right after and the 1:00pm UWF graduation ceremony – meaning they were going for lunch prior to the event. 2:30pm worked amazing well. Surprising, but it is trick we have learned over time.

Other tricks: Don’t let the parking lot fool you – it might be full, but there is usually space for you at the restaurant. Do NOT go on Mother’s Day until very late – 2:30pm or so (true for most water-side restaurants unless it is rainy). Watch the after-church crowd too, especially on beautiful days – (again to some degrees that is true of every restaurant with a water view in the spring/summer/fall).  Do pay attention to the weather – The Oar House is wide open – so if you have a thing about lightening, like I do – watch the weather. Sometimes I just sit in the car till the worst is past and then go back in. The MotH seems unfazed.

I need to take pictures and will do that this coming weekend when we go. How do I know we will be going this weekend – again, you ask? It all has to do with the weather. If the weather is beautiful, which it is supposed to be, we will not be able to get to our beach local – The Sandbar/Frisky Dolphin. So, this time of year, we tend to stay in town and go to Oar House, Jaco’s, Nick’s Boathouse, Five Sisters. More on all of those later.