Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  There’s really not a lot to write about — just living the good life in Florida!

In late April we took a little trip to New Orleans to meet up with friends at Jazz Fest. Rick and Eva graciously offered us accommodation at their time share and arranged some amazing dining. Friends, music and good food are what it’s all about!

Jackson Square

It’s a 10 hour drive from home so we stopped overnight in Destin, FL. I think I’ve finally ended my quest to find the perfect gulf beach!

Destin
Destin has the powdery white sand that everyone talks about but I’ve never seen

A good margarita
We had dinner right on the beach where Skip had a good margarita experience!

Morning
I had one last look at the beach in the morning. Love these calm layers of surf.

On our first night in New Orleans we joined Rick and Eva for dinner along with friends they met while cruising in the Bahamas last year. Would you believe they were on a boat called Moondance?! They are affectionately known as ‘the other Moondance’.

Before heading to the first day of Jazz Fest we had lunch at Cochon where they serve up a variety of pork concoctions. I ate pigs feet for the first time – prepared in a strawberry glaze.  Everything we had was delicious.

At Jazz Fest we met up with Jeff and Ginger and settled in to watch the performances at the big stage.

Jeff & Ginger
Jeff and Ginger enjoying their first Jazz Fest

Tedeschi Trucks band rocking
Tedeschi Trucks band were rocking

Look who's having a good time
Skip is having a good time.  Not sure what’s wrong with the guy behind him!

Enjoying dinner on Bourbon St
We had dinner with Jeff and Ginger that night at Desire on Bourbon St – sitting in an open window watching the sights!

Bad weather all around
This is what the next day of Jazz Fest looked like

We planned to see a few acts at one of the outdoor stages but, being good weather-conscious sailors, we decided to stake out a good seat in the Blues tent before the storms arrived.

Sure enough, the downpours brought everyone into the tents. We were happily situated in good seats on the aisle with good ventilation. We stayed there all day. It wasn’t a hardship since we preferred hearing blues anyway.

Blues
Terry “Harmonica” Bean

Sonny Landreth
Sonny Landreth

Sunday was full of sunshine, mud and crowds. There were plenty of acts I wanted to see but it was difficult moving around. We decided to join our friends at the big stage where Jimmy Buffet would play later in the afternoon. During the day we enjoyed seeing Cowboy Mouth and Irma Thomas. It was hard to move to other stages due to the crowds and mud so we happily stayed where we were.

Eva in her colorful Jazzfest attire
Savvy Jazz Fest’ers like Eva know to bring stylish rubber boots in case it rains

So many food choices
There are so many food choices.

Cochon de Lait, round deuxCochon de lait is a pulled pork po-boy with horseradish slaw. So delicious – we had it twice!

Muddy mess after the rain
Stinky mud everywhere. I may never forget that putrid smell!

Loving Jazzfest
Hanging out at Jazz Fest

Big crowd
Big crowd for Jimmy Buffet

Rick and Eva waiting for Jimmy Buffet
Rick and Eva are in their element

Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy

At some point, Skip was drawn back to the Blues tent to see Delbert McClinton. Rick also wandered off to see Beausoleil. When Eva and I left we had to navigate through the raucous crowd gathered for Pitbull. That was not fun!

We had our last dinner at another fine (but noisy) restaurant on Bourbon St. It’s easy to find good food in New Orleans.

The drive home was uneventful. We made it all the way to Ocala and got home early the next day to pick up Bailey. One thing I really liked was being able to stay in nicer hotels without having Bailey with us. I’m happy that La Quinta lets us stay with our dog without any hassles but it is definitely not like staying in a Marriott!

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