Mini Festival Tour Stop – October 2014

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Let me first apologize for the lack of blogging as of late. The hustle and bustle of life (as we all experience) has been getting in the way of the Queen and I having fun and gallivanting all over the State of Florida.

This month, the festival stop we had planned wasn’t going to make it into our schedule. So we decided to stay close to home, scoop up the in-laws and make a quick stop Oktoberfest at the German-American Social Club in Cape Coral.

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 I’m goin’ on several months now without meat on a stick and that doesn’t sit well with me. But the lure of bratwurst and beer overtook my senses and now I’ll have to wait until next month for something on a stick.

So every year, the German American Club of Cape Coral puts on Oktoberfest, filled with bands, Sauerbraten, Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hocks), beer, a carnival, beer, bratwurst, beer, Leberkaese (liver loaf) and beer. This one is their 29th year.

Not sure if I mentioned it, but there’s beer there.

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 We’ve never attended Oktoberfest before and were pleasantly surprised at how large it was. Typical of most festivals, there were many booths set up offering trinkets of all sorts and businesses offering their swag.

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 They also offered a pretty nice sized carnival area for the kids with quite a few little areas where children could (easily) win stuffed prizes.

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 But the highlight for me as always was the food. I really wanted one of those barbecued turkey legs, but since we’re at a German festival, we had to stick with the theme.

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 The father in law and I snagged a Bratwurst with Sauerkraut. As you can tell by the pic, my mother in law doesn’t eat sauerkraut and I am disappointed. Sorry doll, but you’re missin out! It was served on a thick, crispy German roll and was delicious.

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 The Queen and her mom settled for German Potato Cakes with apple mash. I snuck a bite and gotta say they were pretty daggone good.

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What better way to enjoy a Brat than with a nice, Beck’s Oktoberfest. The link review says it’s “dangerously drinkable”. They are correct. That’s some good beer, dude.

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 Some German Chocolate Cake to wash it all down.

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 Why stop there? How about a funnel cake with a freshly squeezed lemonade? Sure, I’ll have one….and I’ll follow all that with a nice little nap.

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Oktoberfest continues next weekend – the 24th-26th. If you’re in town, take a couple hours out of your day and stop by. I’m sure you’ll have a good time!

Diving in the Upper Keys

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Since we are not planning a festival stop this September, we decided to have a little mini-festival of our own with some friends. Let me say that we had the time of our lives. One of our good friends invited us to come dive in the Keys. Of course, we jumped on the opportunity!

We recently picked up a GoPro as well and we were pretty anxious to play with it.

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 We headed out and met up with our friends Steve and Ashley. A big breakfast at Evelyn’s in Key Largo prepped us for an exciting day on the water between Key Largo and Tavernier.

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The water was warm, turquoise blue and clear as far as the eye could see.

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And we saw a lot of these guys – Pink Moon Jellyfish. When I say a lot, I mean hundreds. Now, some people say that the Moon Jellyfish doesn’t sting. They would be incorrect. Take a good look at the picture below. I can attest that they DO in fact sting, and it hurts like hell.

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The Queen tried to tell me to look out for it in the water as I was coming up for air….I came up right into the maw of a huge moon jelly. It wrapped around my head and got me in the mouth with its little tentacles. It felt like someone caught my face and neck on fire. Within 10 minutes, my lip swelled up and it looked like someone punched me in the mouth. After two hours, I felt a little sick….In all, I got stung four times. They do sting and it hurts.

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Steve passed over a sandy area and we both spotted something huge in the water. So we stopped and jumped in. Turns out it was a completely empty 18″ Horse Conch about 16-18 feet below the surface. Biggest one I’ve seen. That thing is a BEAST.

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Once it gets all cleaned up, I’m sure it’ll look awesome.

Steve and Ashley also found a few Queen Conchs as well (sorry I didn’t snap any pics!). I’m sure they will look just as awesome once they’re cleaned up.

We also found many Milk Conchs….

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And several Hawkwing Conchs…which cleaned up nicely.

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As well as a killer Wing Oyster of some kind and a ton of  HUGE Sunrise Tellins.

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Another reason for going was to hopefully get our hands on some lobster. Well, my buddy Steve and I did grab a couple of them while we were in the water. Unfortunately, they were too small so we threw them back.

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Warm, clear water, good friends on a boat in the Keys? Can it get any better? I don’t think so, my friends. A big thanks goes out to Steve and Ashley for their hospitality. We had a wonderful time. This HAS to become a habit!

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Oh yeah, I did a little compilation video on Youtube. Click the fish pic below to check it out. Be sure to click the settings button and set it to 1080p HD to get the full effect. There might be a sea turtle and a barracuda in there somewhere.

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