Martin’s in a better mood now …

Hi, friends and readers:

Okay, after my disappointing morning, I began to think this visit to Brevard County would be a bust, but things got better as the day went on.

After running to the liquor store for beer and wine, I drove to a couple of surfing breaks where some of Brevard County’s best surfers go, and I watched these guys ride head-high waves, one after another. Amazing stuff. Then I returned to my hotel and walked across the highway to the beach to watch the Space Shuttle launch. It was spectacular, the brightest flames you have ever seen, and a huge vapor trail, then a BOOM as it broke the sound barrier. The word “awesome” is overused in today’s culture, but the launch was awesome. I’m so glad I took the time to see it.

Afterward, I returned to Cherie Down Park in Cape Canaveral for an afternoon surfing session. There was no crowd, just about a half-dozen surfers. The waves were big and I got hammered more than once when they broke on top of me, but it was fun. I had some good rides and I met a nice female surfer out there who was pretty good on her board. The weather was perfect: sunny, warm, not much wind. I wore a wetsuit `cause the water’s kind of cool — around 78 degrees F — but I was mucho comfortable.

So, my afternoon redeemed the trip for me. Now I’m back at the hotel, showered and drinking my first beer of the evening. Last night I ate at the Japanese/Thai restaurant I mentioned yesterday and it was quite good, so I think I’ll return there again tonight.

Tomorrow it’s back to the Gulf Coast. I guess I’ll do a little editing tonight in my room; there’s not much else to do in Cocoa Beach besides surf.

Have a nice Monday evening, all.

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