Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lake Placid to Hollywood........

At exactly 12:32 p.m.,  we hit the button to close the garage door and we were on our way.........  Leaving Lake Placid, we headed south on SR 27.  This has to be one of the most boring drives!  All flat land.........nothing to see.  The speed limit is 65 miles/hour and we maintained that speed most of the way, except for maybe 2 small towns along the way.  About 117 miles later we merged on to I-75 towards Miami/Ft Lauderdale, I 595E and then 95 South where we arrived at our first destination; the Econo Lodge in Hollywood, Fl.  just a little bit after 3:00pm

The Econo Lodge is a little off the beaten path, and a very old building and we were a bit skeptical at first, but then pleasantly surprised.  The place is well maintained and clean, and for the price it would serve it's purpose for a couple of nights.  Still has the old TVs in the rooms, but it does have a small refrigerator and microwave and a free continental breakfast in the morning.   Our room was poolside. Nice area and very comfortable sitting out.

We had made no real plans for Friday, so we just relaxed after the drive.  Rich caught up on the stock  market, and we sat outside for a little bit.  We had not eaten since about 11:00 that morning, so we checked for places nearby for eating.  Adjacent to the hotel was the Miami Deli and Grill.   We scoped it out a little bit, and checked out the menu.  Looked like it might be pretty good, so we decided to give it a try.

An older building, you could tell it had been around a while. But the inside was clean and the people were very friendly.  It's one of those places where there is just TOO much to chose
from, but we both opted for spaghetti and meatballs and a cup of black coffee.  There were two ladies sitting at the table across from us that we struck up a conversation with.  They recommended the fish fry - and when it arrived at their table, it was HUGE.  Large piece of Talapia, 6 or 8 shrimp, french fries, slaw and corn on the cob......All for $10.

As we talked with them more we learned that like us, they were from upstate NY; the Buffalo area.  Mom was 92 years young and loved the Yankees and the Miami Heat.

I had read on-line about the Hollywood Broadwalk and asked for directions........and a little later we headed over to check it out.   It was really a cool evening - and the wind was pretty strong, but we headed out for the walk along the Oceanside anyway.   This beach broadwalk runs for 2 1/2 miles!

The following is taken from gohollywoodfl.com

"Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is Hollywood, a classic Florida beach town that's enchanted visitors since the 1920's,  Hollywood Beach features a one-of-a-kind oceanfront promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk that stretches nearly two and a half miles along the Atlantic.  Names one of America's Best Beach Boardwalks by Travel + Leisure Magazine, this brick-paved thoroughfare is a haven for joggers, bicyclists, roller-bladers and all who'd prefer to take in the action from the comfort of a one of the countless eateries and cafes along the way.  The easy ocean access and village-like feel make this a  can't miss destination with numerous highly-rated restaurants, small inns and hotels right on the broadwalk adding to its yesteryear charm.

We walked for quite a while - and made friends with the local "beagle" Daisy..........

 and saw this cute little house along the broadwalk for rent.....HMMMMM!  Looks nice.

Could this be our next vacation get-away?  Beautiful view of the ocean!

Somewhere along the way Rich managed to cut himself.  His arm was bleeding and the blood had spattered to his shirt and shorts.  We stopped at one of the local eateries to use the restroom, and Rich said that a very small piece of wire was in the cut, which he managed to pull out and then cover.

 We decided to head back to the room.  After that long walk, he had worked up an appetite again, so we stopped for 1/2 dozen chocolate cream filled donuts at Dunkin.

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