Turtle seasonPosted: March 2, 2010
As promised (see previous post), the front moved through and the skies have been partly cloudy to mostly clear for much of the afternoon. It turned out to be a good day for swimming and body surfing. M brought along a small canvas raft and rode more than a few waves into shore on that.
We came back from our afternoon on the beach and pool deck to find a notice from the management. It’s turtle season (March 1st – September 30th). At dusk sea turtles walk up to the sand to lay their eggs. Bright lights (any bright lights, so says the notice) will disorient them.
Per state law, no bright lights can be visible from your room balcony. Please keep all verticals closed and lights to a minimum after dusk. The city takes this matter very serious and will enforce this law to anyone not following the guidelines.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES
(Mistakes are theirs.) No problem, MGMT. We have been pretty much keeping the lights off in the evenings while we sit out on the balcony watching the sky change colors as the sun sets and as we wait for the moon to rise. I doubt we’ll be lucky enough to see the turtles, but it would be cool if we did.
Yesterday we bought lunch at LaSpada’s. Said lunch consisted of two Italian hoagies, chips, potato salad, and a large Kosher dill pickle.
It was a surprisingly and amazingly good hoagie. Finding a hoagie that good this far from the Philadelphia area is, well, surprising and amazing. We went what we considered late for lunch (around 1:30pm) and the place was hopping with a line out the door. But they know what they’re doing in there and it was almost a work of art, watching them wait on people and put together the sandwiches. There was also a slight bit of Philly attitude to go with the sandwich ordering and making. They have a certain order in which they want to hear your order and, as far as I could tell, they won’t be swayed otherwise. Reminded me of Pat’s, but you don’t have to go to the back of the line if you mess up. (To be honest, I’ve never seen that happen at Pat’s. Heard about it, never seen it or experienced it.)
They have a small counter there if you want to eat-in, but I’d suggest you get take-out unless you go when it’s slow. There is not a lot of room between the counter area and the area where the lines form.
(This dude is always ready for rain.)
Today we had lunch at the Aruba Beach Cafe. The food was good but typically overpriced the way it is at this resort kind of place. We skipped the overpriced tropical drinks and beer (the draft beer selection wasn’t that great and it was $5.00 for Land Shark Lager, an Anheuser-Busch-Margaritaville Brewing Co. beer not worth five bucks a glass), and had iced tea. M had the blackened grouper special and I had the fried shrimp. My choice was not the healthiest thing on the menu (probably the unhealthiest), but I haven’t had fried shrimp in a very long time and had a yen for it today. I’m glad I went with it even if it means more exercise later. The outside breading was crispy and the shrimp were big and not overcooked. The fries, corn on the cob, and coleslaw were all good too. M’s grouper was tasty, but he didn’t care for the seasoning in the beans and rice. One taste and I had to agree with him. It was a little odd and overwhelming for the dish. It didn’t taste bad. It just wasn’t quite… right. I’m guessing there are some people who love it. It’s all a matter of personal taste.
Anglins Fishing Pier
We took a stroll on Anglins Fishing Pier earlier in the day, just before the storms rolled through. It’s $2.00 per person for tourists ($7.00 if you’re there to fish). Not a bad deal at all. It was windy as heck out there so we’ll probably go out again when the winds calm down in a day or two.
There were quite a few people fishing. There were also some pelicans just hanging around, looking none too thrilled with the gusty winds.
Or maybe it was the windblown woman with the camera that was displeasing to the birds.