Yesterday we spent a leisurely day cruising Lake Monroe and the St. Johns river on the Rivership Romance boat. Or should I call it a ship? I can never keep the designation of boat or ship straight. Never-the-less, it is a large boat with all of the amenities including very good air conditioning inside and beautifully decorated inside including Tiffany style lamps over the dining tables. Since the boat is moving, outside the boat there is always a cool breeze off of the water. A nature talk by one of the boats staff was held toward the bow of the boat and was quite interesting. There was so much wildlife to see. We were celebrating the birthdays of both Mary’s daughter Rhonda and her husband Guy and treated them to the cruise.
The meals that were served were fabulous. They started off with an appetizer buffet bar and then came the main course. Mary and I had their steaks. I was surprised by the size of the steak. It was huge. One of those “Texas” size steaks. It was very thick as well as large. We couldn’t eat all of the steak and brought the remainder home. Mary cut it into thin slices and we had steak sandwiches for supper. We definitely got a lot of protein yesterday. There were the usual sides of mixed vegetables and potatoes as well as rolls served in a wicker basket lined with a large linen cloth to keep them warm. A nice touch was that they had real butter served with the rolls instead of margarine. It was all finished off with a chocolate brownie with icing on top for dessert. Mary had a strawberry daiquiri to drink and her daughter had a drink called “tropical breeze” which was pink in color on the top half of the drink and blue in color on the bottom half of the drink. I am not sure which I liked better, going to the bow of the ship and watching the bow plow through the water or going to the back of the ship and watching the large propeller churn up the water, Both were very impressive. We went to the lounge for a while and sat and listened to a musician play songs from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. He asked for requests and I shouted out “Volcano” which is my favorite Jimmy Buffet song. He performed the song very well and I enjoyed listening to it. I would say that a good time was had by all. I am sure that compared to yesterday, today will be much more sedate. Have a good day. Sit back and relax and have a tall glass of pale green limeade while listening to some Jimmy Buffet music. Lew