The Adventures of BJ and Tony Morris
George Island, Florida
Our German daughter Carina came to
visit us for a couple of weeks this summer. While
she was here, she requested that we go to the beach for a few days. We wanted to take her to
We decided, instead, to impose on our friends Pat and Steve and
invite ourselves to their beach house in St. George Island, Florida. Tony and I had spent the weekend with them two
weeks prior and had a wonderful time. I sent
an email to Pat asking if we could come. She
insisted that we do, and said she and Steve were considering coming down too since they
had some items they needed to bring down. Their
items included a stone patio table (aka the "two ton table"), six chairs and two
kayaks. They were going to rent a U-Haul
trailer, but we insisted on doing the hauling in our pick-up truck. We decided that our Mazda B4000 truck would not be
comfortable for three people on a 6+ hour trip, so I volunteered to fly to
On departure day, Tony and Carina met Pat and Steve at their Newnan home which they call Green Acres. Tony and Carina report that the home in no way resembles the shack from the TV Show Green Acres. After some maneuvering (and sweating), they got the truck loaded with the two ton table and other items and started South.
The two vehicles caravanned until they drove through a rainstorm and the packing material on the patio set sent spitballs onto Pat and Steves car. Pat and Steve then decided to lead instead of follow.
I took the flight which two weeks
prior had been delayed almost two hours, but not today.
Today, it arrived early, putting me at the
Finally Tony called to say they were almost to the airport and that I
should look for the Beverly Hillbillies coming to pick me up. When I walked outside, I noticed that there was a Bay Town Trolley stop. If I have another long layover in
Before long, I spotted the "Beverly Hilbillies" approaching the airport.
Carina balled herself up and took the center seat for the rest of the
ride. We finished the audio book that they had
been listening to.
When we got to the beach house, Pat and Steve came down to help us
unload the truck. I got to see first hand what
they were talking about as all 5 of us carefully lifted the table off of the truck. Once they got it in the house, Tony and Steve
rolled the table top up the steps to the third floor, with Pat helping them negotiate the
corners. Carina and I were poised with the
phone, ready to dial 911 if the table should spin out of control back down the steps,
taking the boys with it. They gingerly placed
it on the porch and went back down for the rest of the chairs and table parts. That was enough activity for the day. We had grilled Bubba Burgers (which after much
speculation, we finally figured out [by reading the box] were shaped like
The next morning, Activity Chairman Pat gave us a chance to have coffee before beginning the first activity: Table Assembly. Thank goodness for power tools! The table went together quickly. The only difficult part was turning it upright.
After breakfast at the new table, it was time to head to the beach. Going from the house to the beach is very similar to hauling the two ton table, except without the benefit of the truck. The funeral tent, six beach umbrellas, a folding table, 5 chairs, 4 sea hammocks, 2 kayaks, a cooler and two beach bags have to be taken to the beach and set up.
Steve is very particular about the umbrella placement, maximizing the shade-age. (Pat and Steves trademark is to add age [pronounced edge] to the end of words.)
Once all of the equipment was in place, we enjoyed relaxing and reading our books until it was time for the next activity. Kayaking. When we had visited two weeks prior, Pat and Steve had rented a tandem kayak and loved the concept. The tandem was too heavy, so they purchased two single kayaks.
The first launch did not go quite as smoothly for Pat as she had hoped.
But soon she was on her way. When it was my turn, I had no problem with the launch, but a wave turned me and the kayak over in the middle of the ocean.
I was able to right the boat and pull myself back up on it, but I was face down, so I had to roll over and sit up without tipping over. I called it the rolling mount. After our check-rides, we retired to the shade to wait for the dolphins.
As soon as we saw some fins, Pat and Steve raced to the
kayaks and launched in pursuit. You could
almost hear the
The next activity was a trip to the market for me and Pat. We made a list with only two items, but decided we didnt need to take it with us. We could remember the two items. We got veggies at the market and then stopped at the seafood stand for shrimp and amberjack. When we got home and saw the list on the counter, we realized that we had only gotten one of the items. We had a big laugh at ourselves.
Dinner was delicious grilled amberjack and veggies. We tried to eat at the two ton table on the deck,
but the monster mosquitoes drove us inside. The
Saturday was pretty much a repeat of Friday, except we left the beach
early so we could go into
The evening activity was supposed to be the movie, Crash
but we werent able to stay awake for it.
With the exception of Pat & Steves sunrise stroll on the beach and Pats solo early morning kayak ride, Sunday was another repeat of Friday. Carina finally tore herself away from her book long enough to try out the kayak.
Since it was our last day, we stayed out on the beach until almost sundown before we started the drag back to the house.
Tony and Steve loaded their old round oak table onto the truck to be
delivered to Green Acres.
Dinner was Must-Go, as in Everything in the
refrigerator Must-Go. We had leftover
fish, chicken, rice, shrimp, broccoli and asparagus. Everyone
was so tired, I couldnt even get anyone interested in playing Tiny Pictionary (a
variation on the traditional Pictionary invented by Pats mother where the pictures
can be no larger than ½ inch).
Morning and time to go came much too early on Monday. Tony and Carina dropped me at the
Tony, Carina and I all arrived home at the same time.