Ybor City

Current Location: Lazydays Campground, Seffler (Tampa), Florida

Today started off with a lazy morning. We took our time getting breakfast in the trailer. Malcolm ate one of his fresh red grapefruits for breakfast. Afterwards, he washed dishes leftover from the day before. Since it was going to be fairly windy today, Malcolm took down the decorative lights from the awning and rolled it up. He also took time to take some pictures of the awning damage to email to the RV dealer so that they can proceed with a warranty claim on it.

Once we got out for the day, we stopped by WalMart to get some “Y” adapters for water connections, as we left ours at a campground somewhere in the last week. While walking around trying to remember something else we needed (lists are helpful), we finally found the pool noodles we’ve been looking for. Now our bedroom slide is better protected from the inevitable head bashing.

Safer corners on the bedroom slide.

Safer corners on the bedroom slide.

We then went to Walgreens to fill Malcolm’s Crestor prescription. There was a slight delay as it had been set up on an automatic refill and our home pharmacy in Alabama had already filled it for the month. The local Walgreens called the Alabama one and had them cancel their refill so that they could fill it here.

We went to Publix to get a SunPass tag for the truck to pay for tolls on the many different turnpikes in Florida. Malcolm sat in the truck in the parking lot and set up an account and funded it with $50. That should last a while. We won’t use it up this trip, but we anticipate traveling to Florida often enough to make it worth it.

We then went to Ikea to do some looking around. As soon as we got there, we realized it was lunch time, so we ate in their cafeteria. Didn’t find much to buy in the store, but we did get a couple of placemats for the dinner table. Of course, no trip to Ikea is complete without buying a six-pack of cinnamon rolls on the way out. Breakfast is covered for the next three days now.

When we left Ikea, we drove back to the campground via a stop at Camping World. We found our heated water hose there, though Malcolm wanted a 25 foot one and they just had the 50 foot ones, we went ahead with the purchase. Now we’ll be covered for below freezing weather and keeping our hose from freezing.

Heated water hose.

Heated water hose.

After relaxing in the trailer for a bit, we headed down to historic Ybor City. The area is best known for its Cuban influence and for the local cigar makers. We wandered up and down the streets and checked out a couple of shops. We were scheduled to meet our friend Robby for dinner at The Colombia restaurant. He met us there after work and we had an excellent meal. Afterwards, we walked a few blocks around again before heading to our respective homes.

The Columbia restaurant.

The Columbia restaurant.

Balcony area over the entrance.

Balcony area over the entrance.

Entertainment in the main dining room.

Entertainment in the main dining room.

Here are some other pictures that Malcolm took while strolling around Ybor City.

The trolley that runs up and down the main street.

The trolley that runs up and down the main street.

We kept hearing a rooster crowing, and sure enough, there was a rooster.

We kept hearing a rooster crowing, and sure enough, there was a rooster.

One of many cigar shops.

One of many cigar shops.

Sign in Ybor City.

Sign in Ybor City.

Colorful pottery.

Colorful pottery.

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