Friday, April 21, 2017
Old Friend at Amelia Island
Back in December of 2014, Marcia had a meet-up with her friend of 50 years Gerry at a Cracker Barrel near Ocala Florida…at that time they had not seen each other for 20 years, but had kept in contact. Gerry was living in Chicago, but was down visiting her daughter Ruth, and we all agreed to drive the 100+ miles each to meet in the middle. Last year Gerry moved into the same Condo complex that Ruth and her husband David live in, giving up the cold winters of Chicago. We attempted to visit them back in February when we visited St. Augustine, but then I got sick and we cut that trip short. So we decided to visit on our way out of the state. Unfortunately, this time it was Ruth who came down ill…so we picked up Gerry and took her out to dinner…or should I say, we drove as she took us out to dinner.
Sliders Seaside Grill right along the ocean. Gerry has trouble hearing, Marcia has trouble walking, and the location was of concern…but it need not have been. Probably couldn’t have been a nicer place for a 3 hour, yes, 3 hour dinner.
At 4:45 when we arrive the restaurant was not very busy. We got a corner table right by this aquarium, which when I sat down was at my back. We got a parking place as close as you can get, right by the ADA ramp that enters into the bar area (upper right), making short distance to our table. As we looked out the windows (upper left) you can see the ocean…although they were not interested in anything else except catching up and telling old stories. Even the 10 minutes from being sat to getting any attention from a server did not bother anyone (well, that bothers me just a bit because of my background in restaurant work). However, from that point on, the service and food were just fine, the company was outstanding.
About 2 hours into it the ladies took a potty break…and I got a good picture of the fish behind me. The tank was large and held about six or seven fish. It did become a slight distraction at times when young kids, with mom or dad in tow, come over and look at the fish…their talking halted Marcia and Gerry’s conversation a couple of times.
By 7:30 we decided to call it a night. Gerry had some food to take home, but Marcia finished her Redfish, and I finished my fried shrimp. We dropped by a Publix Grocery store for a couple of items, and then I proceeded to head the wrong way going home, so Skruffy’s 8 pm feeding time turned into 8:30…but all was well. Did not get any pictures of Amelia Island…will do that next time when we hope to stay an extra day or two. The RV park we are in, Lofton Creek Campground, cost $30, is in Yulee about 9 miles west of the ocean. It is not a large park, and you will have trouble getting in during the busy season, but we did not have any trouble in mid-April.