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San Mateo, Fla - I finally found somewhere else

  • Aug 10, 2001
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Pros: NO TRAFFIC, NO MEGA MALLS :)

Cons: 1/2 TO THE GROCERY

The Bottom Line: Don't pack that fancy dress

You know how people are always saying they come from somewhere else? Well I found it. Half way between San Mateo and Satsuma, just a little south of Palaka, there is a little spot known to us as somewhere else! Take I-17 from anywhere and turn north on Horse Landing (at the flashing light and the 'stop n rob'), and you can find it too!

My brother lives there and I visit him every year since he has moved down there. Just a quiet little berg where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the temp, specially since I am from Ohio. There isn't a lot to do down here but that is the idea of taking a vacation.

He lives on a canal off Dunns Creek, off the St. John's River. Bald eagles roost in the trees, the stars are plentiful and it is perfectly quiet.

We went to a little saloon called Hermit's Cove Marina, a little place where 'everyone knows your name' and there was a lot of playful bantering between bartender and patrons and patrons to each other. It would be an insult to liken it to Cheers, this wasn't more than a club along the waterway.

There is a diner around the corner from my brothers, right on I-17, called Memaws. As the name would imply, Memaws caters to home cookin followed up with grits. A small diner with a little bar, probably sits around 30 people total. The dinner special that evening was baked porchops, taters, grits, soup, pie and your choice of beverage. Price? $6.00, and all home cooked.

Don't expect to find a movie theatre or even a large grocery store, you have to travel for that. Do expect to be surprised by the occasional wandering gator or a passle of turtles sunning themselves. This isn't a major vacation spot. But the nights? So clear and peaceful and so worth the trip. All in all a good evening, someplace else!

Thanks,
Susi



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