Yes, I’ve Eaten at Eaton’s Beach

I can finally answer, yes. Since this “new” restaurant has opened across the lake, I’m frequently asked, “How’s the food at Eaton’s Beach?” To which I’ve always replied, “I don’t know. I haven’t eaten there.” This usually results in puzzled looks and of course, “Why not?”

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When the restaurant first opened the crowds kept us away. Cars not only filled the parking lot, but lined the road leading to the lake as well as Sunset Harbor Road. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to walk a half mile to eat. And then a friend told me she left after a two hour wait. No thanks!

And since we can sit on our own porch and see the lake or watch the sunset, the lakeside dining didn’t hold the same appeal as it does for others.

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But we finally drove around the lake and tried Eaton’s Beach Sandbar and Grill. Unfortunately, even though we arrived at 5:45, we were too late to enjoy the view. After a quick glimpse of the sunset we climbed the stairs to the main dining area, but the large garage door style windows were closed on a cool windy evening so again we missed one of the drawing cards to Eaton’s Beach.

We concentrated on the Signature Dishes so we could sample their best. One order of Shrimp and Grits and one order of Cajun Sweet Fried Chicken…two tasty dishes. And how could we resist Sunset Orange Cake? Definitely the highlight of our dinner.

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I don’t expect us to become regulars, but I’m looking forward to another meal at Eaton’s Beach. Next time when it’s light and hopefully warm enough to enjoy the waterfront setting.

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Lake Weir: A Perfect Place for a Mini-Vacation

With all our travels throughout Florida bicycling, fishing, turtle watching, and visiting state parks, it’s good to spend some time relaxing at the lake.

Sitting on the porch. Reading in the hammock. Enjoying a cold drink on the beach at sunset.

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Watching the storms roll in.

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Skiing (actually serving as the spotter for the skier).

Swimming, fishing, watching the wildlife…what a great way to spend the day.

A day at the lake is a perfect mini-vacation any day of the week!

A Walk in the Park

CarneyIsland2I’ve been a regular at Carney Island, a Marion County Park, since the boat ramps opened several years ago. In fact, Carney Island is the reason we purchase an annual pass to the Marion County Parks each year; but this week marks the first time I’ve visited the park for any other reason than to use the boat ramp to launch a boat. I know that ramp well and complain about the difficulty of seeing the boat as I back down such a steep ramp…a ramp we use more than a dozen times each year.

We hiked the Fox Trot Loop, one of three loop trails ranging in length from 1.1 to 3.2 miles.
We hiked the Fox Trot Loop, one of three loop trails ranging in length from 1.1 to 3.2 miles.

 

This week when we entered the park, we bypassed the boat ramp and parked in the area designated for picnic, playground, beach and trail use. John and I hiked one of the three trails at Carney Island, the 3.2 mile Fox Trot Loop on the peninsula. On the farthest point of the loop you can view Lake Weir although lake access is not available from the trail.

Fox Trot Loop provides views of Lake Weir from farthest point along the trail.
Fox Trot Loop provides views of Lake Weir from farthest point along the trail.

We spotted numerous deer tracks along the trail, but early afternoon isn’t prime time for spotting wildlife. We were pleasantly surprised to encounter wild turkey at two points along the trail. We need to schedule an early morning or late afternoon walk in the near future for better wildlife photo opportunities.

Wild turkey crossed our path on the trail on a recent afternoon.
Wild turkey crossed our path on the trail on a recent afternoon.

Favorite Sailing Songs

Ready for a sail on Lake Weir
Ready for a sail on Lake Weir

While reading an article titled, “What’s Your Favorite Sailing Songs?” on the Get Wet Sailing website, John and I started discussing our favorite sailing songs. Here’s our top picks from John’s sailing playlist:

Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffett
Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Drive – Alan Jackson
Boats to Build – Jimmy Buffett
Old Blue Chair – Kenny Chesney

Captain John
Captain John

I’m sure we’ll be listening to our playlist as well as many from the Get Wet site on February 17 when we join the Ocala Sailing Club at the monthly Sunday Sailing at the Point on Lake Weir…just hope it’s not too cold!

Any suggestions on songs we should add to our playlist?

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