Sunday, March 27, 2016

Refrigerator’s That Rock

The hotel washing machine took our money then wouldn’t work. The machine at the other end of the room looked better so Peppermint moved our clothes while I went up to the office to get our money back and another box of soap.

I got our money back and another box of soap. Dan the  maintenance man was unwinding after work in the office so I got  Dan to come back to the laundry room with me to make sure everything worked.

The other machine the one that looked like it might work, when Peppermint put the coins in the coin slot pushed them in then pulled it back out, the entire mechanism pulled out…When Dan got there he went to  get the key, he opened the coin box and flipped the switch by hand. The machine came to life. The green light came on and it started filling up with water.

Our clothes were already in there so I added the soap, tide, it was a bit chunky as if it had been wet at one time…

We thanked the Dan,  he was out the door around back of the building when I noticed water flowing across the floor. This frightened me as we are below sea level here, but then I realized it was just water pouring out of the washer. I called Dan back…

Dusters And Brooms At The Ready

Dan opened the coin box on the other machine, we moved our now wet clothes…

This was actually a great hotel.  The room was clean. The front desk, well mostly Dan got everything working, so in the end our clothes got clean, a good night’s sleep was had, and it was fun watching the boat tail Grackles and a squirrel clean up the pile of popcorn that was spilled just a couple of doors down…

We found that the refrigerator was  a bit tipsy but our second floor room, pool side was very nice, clean, right across the street from a Publix, my new favorite  grocery store, and the front desk clerk even helped get our luggage to the room and gave us vouchers for the restaurant.

Poolside At Dusk

We discovered that the pool open until 11:00 pm was a happening place, especially now during spring break. It did close promptly each night on time, and the hot tub was large, deep and 102 degrees
Checking the hotel reviews on Expedia, and trip advisor has become a necessity. Surprisingly  enough here in Florida during spring break there are hotels that are less than favorable. We have been fortunate to find only decent places, and really a tottering refrigerator is not so bad.

The standout room has to be the one in St. Augustine. The Jaybird. Excellent rating on all the on line rating places. Super clean. Nice people to check us in. The owners are birders and offered perhaps the best amenity ever of free bike rental.

The bikes are cruisers, single speed and coaster brakes but were smooth spinning and carried us along all day probable faster than the cars stopped in resort town traffic.
Tonight I am not so sure aboot it is the only room all trip that does not have a Psycho shower curtain, you know the one that you can see through on the top, so you can watch the ax murder approaching as you wash your hair. Might not shower here…


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