Boca is special because Edd and I first went there seven years ago, after we had just met. We stayed with my uncle and aunt, Paul and Amy, on our way down to Mexico, and had a crazy time. That was 2010! Time for a repeat!
This was 2010:
My aunt and godmother, Terri, lives just down the road, so it’s easy for everyone to get together.
Paul and Amy invited us to stay this time around, too. When we arrived, they were cooking up scallops, fish, and asparagus. Terri was there, and my guess is that five to six bottles of wine were drunk. It was a very warm welcome to Florida, but the next morning took its revenge.
Everyone else managed to get to work as usual. Paul volunteers his time taking the two Golden Retrievers to the local hospital, which has a pet therapy program.
They also have three friendly cats. We miss our little guys a lot, so were pretty happy to be around all five animals.
On Thursday Edd was searching online for WIFI receivers for the van to connect to networks more easily and get a stronger signal. He saw that one company, Altelix, had a distribution center right there in Boca! They don’t have an actual retail shop, but we begged them to let us buy an antenna there. They were so nice, and we walked out with a super strength antenna, made for boats!
We made steak and kidney pie for dinner and Terri came over again. Everyone has been to England, so they know that English food can be delicious, contrary to popular belief.
Then on Friday Amy and Paul treated us to VIP tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 3D. It was pretty awesome.
On Saturday we went to the neighborhood park with Paul and the dogs, Parker and Honeybear. We tossed old bread in the canal and all the ducks fought over it.
But then it got messy. Edd was leaning over the bridge and his glasses fell right off his shirt collar and into the canal. He had to wade in the muck searching for them while we held the dogs. The dogs were watching closely…
Soon after, Paul took the dogs’ leashes off in the baseball field so they could run around. Straight away, Parker escaped through a side door in the fence and ran straight into the canal with the ducks. At that same moment, Honeybear decided to do her morning constitutional, right there in right field! What a riot.
Later that day we cycled up El Rio Trail to the beach at Red Reef Park. I remembered going here as a kid and getting washed up onto the reef! The water was crystal clear, calm, and the perfect temperature for swimming.
We cycled again to the same beach on Sunday using the main roads. There are bike lanes but you have to be a little wary since the drivers in this area are not always considerate. We made it just fine, and set up in the shade of a palm tree.
Since it was the day of the Kentucky Derby horse race, Amy prepared a dish called a Hot and Brown, a soft toast topped with turkey breast, bechamel and bacon, and baked all together. Delicious.
To top it off (pun?) Amy got out Jenga and we played several rounds! Terri was there for the first but was smart enough to leave before the competition got fierce. Either Amy or I toppled every tower. Edd did well for his first time. Wine, music, and my uncle’s wisecracks were all involved in our Jenga downfall (another pun? I’m not as good as Paul).
On Monday, Terri’s friend offered to let us take out her stand up paddleboards. I have been dying to try it, and Edd was a good sport, even after he fell off three times (that beginner’s luck had worn off!) All our muscles were exhausted.
Afterwards, Terri had us back at her house and made us delicious margaritas, which we sipped while in the pool. Florida life is great. Paul and Amy came over with their dogs and we ordered Tomasso’s Pizza.
On Tuesday, we gathered up supplies to attach our new wifi antenna and wash and wax the car. This was Paul’s idea. Terri has an electric orbiter which helps apply wax. We also used it to apply fiberglass cleaner to the top of the van. Everyone helped out. The 24 year-old camper was gleaming.
(Amazing cleaning tip: if stubborn Michigan tree sap is stuck to your car, don’t break your nails trying to remove it! Rubbing alcohol will dissolve it immediately! Thanks Terri!)
Terri made a huge turkey dinner, complete with cherry pie.
We were sad to say goodbye. We had a wonderful time with the family, and it was nice to revisit the place where Edd’s and my adventures all started!