Trips to the Beach On Those Cloudy, Overcast Days

Trips to the Beach On Those Cloudy, Overcast Days

 

Trips on days like that can be nice.

I made it to the beach on one of those days about two weeks ago. I was sure that I’d get wet but my beach jones was so bad that day that I pointed my car towards the Beach Line Expressway and hit the gas in spite of the really, truly dire forecast.

I’m glad I did. I did get rained on but it was less severe than I expected and the rain held off until I’d grilled my awesome Johnsonville Cheddar Smoked Sausages, cleaned up and explored the beach for about 20 minutes with my Canon. Canon Power Shot, to be more precise. (Just for the record, the fine folks at Johnsonville have not offered me anything to mention one of their great products. Nor the folks at Canon, for that matter!)

It was a very worthwhile trip. And I’m grateful to Mother Nature; her timing was damn near perfect.

Here’s my fave shot from this brief outing. I love shots that re-create that feeling of exhilaration I get every time I get to the bottom of one of those ramps and the planks give way to sand. Only sand. It’s like being launched into Neptune’s domain.

As I put together this post today, I’m having trouble pushing away those familiar and persistent beach cravings. I’m overdue. Because today’s my Friday, my chances of being able to scratch that beach itch soon are very good.

I’ll be sure to take some pictures.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

This Blog Immortalizes Cocoa Beach Surfer Dude

This Blog Immortalizes Cocoa Beach Surfer Dude

Well, okay, that’s a bit of an over-reach. But getting some good pix of this surfer is a very cool thing.

I took more photos on this trip than I usually do, and I usually take a lot. And I rarely have a chance to get more than four or five of any particular subject. So this was cool in several different ways.

Because he was not really very close to me, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to him at first. But knowing that the camera’s eyes are way more capable than the photographer’s, I focused more purposefully and went to work.

What the rest of you never get to see are the thirty plus other photos that will live only on my hard drive. If you take about 50, you might get a dozen or so that you’ll liberate from the hard drive and let cruise at warp speed all around in cyber space.

I’m going to try to put together a substantial post to showcase “the whole story” of the Cocoa Beach Surfer Dude but that will have to wait for another day.

On this dreary Central Florida day, I’m content to remember that when I made it to the beach a few days ago, I saw some fantastic sights, recorded a few of them with a modern tech device called a camera and have a means to share it with people I know. That’s a cool thing; I think I’ll do it some more.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

Fabulous Day To Be at the Beach

Fabulous Day To Be at the Beach

It is a beautiful day out there and I made the most of it. A great pleasure today to be back at the shore, enjoying the sights and sounds unique to a beach. Yeah. Cocoa Beach again, my go-to spot.

My little friend here in the featured foto didn’t seem too inclined to share his beach with me. But I suppose that’s mostly because we had never met before. The joke’s on him, though, because I’m putting him up on my blog today even though he point-blank refused to sign a photo release. Will be hearing from his attorney any day now, no doubt.

All silly attempts at humor aside, it truly is an awesome day today. I’m delighted that I had the chance to get away and enjoy it fully without having a lot of mundane stuff take priority. Because I have nothing else I must attend to at the moment, I keep thinking it’s the weekend. I have to focus to realize that it is Thursday, but that’s wonderful as the “real weekend” is right around the corner. And I’m going to make the most of that, too.

I have about 450 photos to work with now from the last two days. I spent most of yesterday at the Brevard Zoo before getting beachside today and I’m going to do some more photo-work before I get everything up here on da bulldog blog pertaining to this outing.

As I wrap this up, let me say that I hope that your day is going as well as mine! And thanks for stopping over to have a look at the blog.

 

Enjoying the sun and surf today, I am,

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Heading to Cocoa Beach in a Few Minutes. You Can’t Stop Me!

Heading to Cocoa Beach in a Few Minutes. You Can’t Stop Me!

It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to bow at the Sacred Altar of Poseidon but I’m heading to the shore as fast as my PT Cruiser will take me!

I have done lots of very cool outdoor stuff in the last six months, but none of those fabulous things including watching the waves crash on to the shore or smelling the sea. Today’s the day I get to fix that problem.

It’s a common thing for me to be desperate to scratch the outdoor itch but stuck waiting for the arrival of the weekend. Happy to say that this week, that’s not the case and I’m only a few minutes from heading out the door with a cooler in one hand and my camera in the other.

If you’re chained to your desk for the next few days, you’ve got my sympathies. Here’s hoping that you’ll get to do something soon to enrich your life and get that sparkle back in your eyes; something that’s not necessary to pay the bills but that’s just for fun. For this puppy, today’s the day!

Soon to be streaking down the beachline, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

P.S.: Yes, we do have an expressway around here called “The Beachline!” Bulldog wouldn’t lie to you about such a thing…

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Jimmy Hula’s. Fish Tacos. Beer. Good Crew.

Jimmy Hula’s. Fish Tacos. Beer. Good Crew.

I visited the Jimmy Hulu’s on Aloma Ave in Winter Park this week. Bottom line: I liked it. In a review a month or so ago of a different Winter Park eatery, I told the world that the fish tacos in that well-known and very popular spot were awful. I’m stickin’ to that.

But at Jimmy Hula’s, that fish dish I so ardently crave was good. Very good.

The recipe at JH’s is more conventional. Love the blackened fish, the cabbage and their version of Pico de Gallo. And the “special sauce”. Loved it all.

My draft Corona Light was cold and refreshing. The service was prompt and friendly.

The main point of this succinct review is that Jimmy Hula’s is a good spot for casual dining, especially if — like me — you’re into seafood, beer and eateries with a beach theme. I could almost hear the waves crashing onto the shore and smell the sea…

By the way, I did not opt for the patio area, but I loved the design and the way it’s carried off at Jimmy’s and will probably go that direction the next time I visit.

One closing note: this popular joint is also well-known for its burgers; I simply haven’t had a chance to sample one. But a return trip is definitely near the top of my fun list.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Jimmy Hula’s ~ 2522 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32792 ~ Call 407 790-7838

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

Fave Fotos — Yes, It’s a Beach Shot Again!

Fave Fotos — Yes, It’s a Beach Shot Again!

This trip was way too much fun. I learned that Long Point Park and camp ground is a really primo spot for a get-away. Of course, about a bah-jillion other nature lovers and campers agree about that. So it’s good to try to book ten months to a year ahead.

Had a great time on this latest excursion. Will be back at Long Point before too long.

My mid-day routine was to visit the near-by Atlantic beaches; that, too, was awfully nice. I learned that Melbourne Beach is not very close to Melbourne. In fact, they’re about 22 miles apart. Long Point Park is the very last bit of sand before you hit the bridge and enter Indian River County. Now I know.

Like it. A lot. Got some good pix. Here’s one of them.

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Slow and Low-The Best Damn Barbecue in Cocoa Beach

Slow and Low-The Best Damn Barbecue in Cocoa Beach
Note: this review of mine is taken from a visit in April of 2015 and originally appeared on a well-known travel site. My latest visit to this island of barbecue perfection was five days ago, and they’re still the best on the beach! 

This top-shelf barbecue joint in Cocoa Beach has become my go-to spot when I want to get out-of-town for the weekend. If you’ve ever been to Slow ‘n Low, you know why.

I had the pulled-pork sandwich this time. On their delicious garlic bread, of course. I started with an order of the fried okra for an appetizer, as I often do. It was perfect and their mild horseradish sauce is just the right accent to compliment this often under-appreciated member of the vegetable family. Okra is often over-breaded or under-cooked, but they got it just right.

The green beans and garlic mashed potatoes make great sides with their tasty pork sandwich. I believe I’ve had all their sides over the years, and this is one of the things they do very well. Many barbecue joints have only three or four sides and tiny portions, but you won’t find that sort of thing at Slow ‘n Low.

I rarely get dessert here, as I almost never have room, but I enjoyed their Chocolate Peanut Butter pie on my last visit and went for it again. Yeah, it was scrumptious! My server brewed a fresh pot of coffee to go with this fine concoction; what more could a diner ask for?

Slow ‘n Low has a good variety of beers on tap, way more selection than most barbecue establishments, and a staff that consistently delivers good service. I’ve had their Combo Plate and the Blackened Prime Rib Sandwich many times and can recommend it all. Their patio is jammed with patrons most of the time, though there is also inside seating available. They usually feature live acoustic music on the patio Friday through Sunday nights. Tee shirts and ball caps are also on sale and yes, they do catering. They are also family-friendly and a thirty second drive away from the beach. Check out Slow ‘n Low the next time you’re in Brevard County.

 

One additional note from December 2016 visit: they’ve recently upgraded the TV’s in the bar, making their patio an excellent choice for sports fans who also like great chow!

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile