Sunday, January 16, 2011

Visitors from North Dakota, Two Minute Diner and Sand Cranes

Zephyrhills, Florida

We got up early this morning (before daylight) and went to breakfast at the Two Minute Diner.  It's a pretty popular restaurant here in Zephyrhills.  It's run by a Chinese/Japanese? man.  They get large crowds and if you go during the prime time, you will wait in line.  He comes out and jokes, your table will be ready in "two minutes."  Of course everyone laughs because they know that won't happen.  It's so popular that if everyone just offers to let others sit with them.  We were there last Sunday and joined a family of 5 at their table, at their invitation.  Most of the people here are snowbirds so they are very friendly.  The food is good and very reasonably priced.  We had a breakfast this morning with eggs, bacon or sausage, grits or hashbrowns, toast and coffee for $2.99.  Now you see why people don't mind the wait.

After breakfast we saw a  group of several hundred Sand Cranes.  Evidently, they roost overnight at this little pond and then head off in the morning.  We witnessed many groups of 3-4 birds taking flight and heading out.  It was quite interesting...and noisy.  I got some video and will post it later on. I'm still having problems downloading videos from my camera directly to my computer.  I think the last time, I had to post it to YouTube and then post it to the blog.....I'll figure it out one day when I have the time.

We are having visitors from North Dakota tomorrow.  Al's cousin Jack and his wife Karen will be in Orlando.    They are on a tour bus visiting and seeing the sites.   They have been quite busy seeing all the Disney World/Orlando sites.  It's been a little cool here, but I'm sure much better than North Dakota.  We're going over to visit them tomorrow.  We had some logistics to work out, but I think we've figured out where/when to meet and are looking forward to seeing them.  His wife Karen and I have the same first and last name!  There will be two Karen Lueck's tomorrow!

We may visit the Thousand Trails campground in Orlando while we're there.  Now that we're members we can spend up to 30 days there for free and for any nights over the 30 nights, it will only cost us $3.00.  Pretty good deal, we think.

It's a beautiful night tonight.  The moon is almost full.  We have the windows open, and I'm having a glass of wine, and there is a good smelling roast in the crock pot.  Pretty soon I'll be going to the bedroom so Al can watch his football game.  The magic of  Tivo.  He can watch the game when it's convenient for him and zip through all the annoying commercials.

Orlando tomorrow!


  1. Sounds like you are having fun!!

    I wrote to a girl on facebook last year...I had noticed her name on a group I was a member with..we had the same turned out she lives in Canada and married a Brewer man also.We have become close friends.We even have some grandchildren with the same

    Enjoy your visit!!Glad the weather is warming up.

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  2. Your beginning to sound like full timers!

  3. That's funny that you both have the same names, or at least did before you got married. Doesn't sound like a usual last name.

    Hope it all works out, have fun!

    Kevin and Ruth

  4. Have a great time in Orlando and it'll be interesting to hear how things work out at the Thousand Trails CG since this will be your first time there with your new membership.

  5. Sure hope it didn't rain on you guys too much... That Thousand Trails park is one of the best ones... We've belonged for about 6 years but we can only go in 2 weeks. There are many different membership plans with Thousand Trails... They are just starting a new one.
    Have fun & Travel Safe


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