Back to Canaveral National Seashore Yesterday

Back to Canaveral National Seashore Yesterday

Had a ball yesterday at the National Park that’s the closest to me. Yes, that would be Canaveral National Seashore near Titusville, Florida.

This laid-back sea-side experience is by far the best way to enjoy a trip to the beach. To me, at least!

Such a fine and mellow outing it was. Can’t remember the last time I had that much fun!

My companion for this trip had never seen the Atlantic in that glorious and simplified fashion before; she loved it, to say the least. And we’re going back soon.

We did not miss the tacky beach-side rentals and masses of sunburned visitors at all.

I hope all of you have had an outdoor adventure of your own recently. If not, plan one now and then just DO IT!

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

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Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

El Leoncito in Titusville

El Leoncito in Titusville

El Leoncito Mexican and Cuban Restaurant

If you’re in Brevard County and you’re in the mood for Mexican, you can’t do any better than El Leoncito Mexican and Cuban Restaurant.

I stopped in one Fall afternoon last year; it was my second visit. And I thoroughly enjoyed my late lunch.

I arrived in the awesome mid-afternoon time when you’re likely to have little-to-no competition for the server’s attention. The server and the chef, more to the point. I was expecting good things from that visit, and I was not disappointed.

I ordered the Arroz con Pollo, thinking that a Chicken and Rice dish is bound to be a pretty darn good lunch in any kind of eatery, anywhere.

And, yes, their take on this favorite made an excellent and very filling lunch. It came with the customary chips and freshly-made salsa, as one would expect.

My service was very good. Brittany was attentive but didn’t overplay the role, so to speak, as can happen when a server has only one or two tables in those in between times of a shift.

The moderate prices and the colorful, one-off vibe there added to my very favorable impression.

I recommend El Leoncito without hesitation. If you’re anywhere around in the Titusville/Spacecoast area, stop and pay them a visit!

El Leoncito can be found at 4280 S. Washington in Titusville, Florida.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Spent a Few Moments at Tom Statham Park in Titusville This Morning

Spent a Few Moments at Tom Statham Park in Titusville This Morning

I’m on a mission to visit and enjoy every one of our beautiful parks here in Florida. I know I’m only going to scratch the surface, but I saw one more this morning.

Tom Statham Park in Titusville is not a giant of a park, but it’s a lovely setting and a fine vantage point from which to see space launches.

The photo is from this morning’s visit. If you’re familiar with Manatee Hammock Park, a very well-known camping spot in Brevard County, Tom Statham is very close. Less than a mile, I’d say. Just a bit north of its better-known sister.

Do some outdoor stuff this week. You’ll be glad you did.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

The First Time I Jumped Was Three Years Ago Today

The First Time I Jumped Was Three Years Ago Today

If you’ve read much from my blog up to this point, you know I love a wide variety of outdoor activities. Skydiving is one of them.

It was three years ago today when I jumped for the first time. That first one was at Skydive Space Center in Titusville. I had a great time and will most likely be going back to that facility for my next jump. The featured photo you see here was about five minutes or so after we had all four feet on Terra Firma again.

I did two more tandem jumps from a skydiving fac in Lake Wales and have only been inactive in the hobby because of reasons relating to work, work schedules and budgets.

I just have to scratch that skydiving itch again, and soon! Because working on a very limited personal budget is just a part of my reality, it’s going to take some time. But I’m elevating jumping out of airplanes to near the top of my priority list and I’m going to do my dead-level best to jump again before the end of the summer. We’ll see if I can pull it off!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

A Visit to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

A Visit to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

I wanted to do something different with the time I had over the 4th of July weekend this year. I opted to visit the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in the end even though I made the final choice at the moment I saw the sign about 250 ft ahead of me! (The visit has been on my list for a very long time, however!)

They have quite an assortment of aircraft from every war or conflict I can think of. You can go through the five different exhibits at your own pace or go with a guide. One of the last stops on the guided tour is the restoration hanger; you must be accompanied for that one. There are several restoration projects going on right now, including the nose section of a B-52.

One of these days I want to take the C-47 ride! And no, that’s not included in the cost of regular admission! It’s now officially on my bucket list! I’m gonna do it! Here’s a look at the Tico Belle, who shall one day carry Bulldog over the skies of East Central Florida:

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The museum has had their spot at the Space Coast Regional Airport for many years and there are entrances on US 1 and on SR 405. Finding it isn’t hard. But I venture to say — based on my visit — that the museum could use a few more guests to come through. And don’t forget that they sponsor a first-class air show at S.C.R.A. every spring. The date had to be moved up a bit this year because of a conflict, but making this event is one way to support this worthy non-profit and its museum.

One more thing about this event: the show has been called The Tico Warbird Airshow from its inception but the name going forward is The Space Coast Warbird Airshow. Same event, same very able folks behind it.

For complete information about the annual Space Coast Warbird Air Show coming in April of 2018, just click here.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

Miscellaneous note: if you’re wondering where the Tico comes from in former name of the annual airshow or the name of the AP authority, it’s from Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority. The Space Coast Regional airport sits in Titusville, very close to Cocoa and serves both communities as well as the greater Space Coast region.

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile