Muster & Music Festival | Staying Local

Review of the Demonstrations at the 30th Annual Muster and Music Festival in Fort Pierce, FL

I mentioned on Monday, that we got to check out the Muster & Music Festival over the weekend.   What better day to share such a great event than on Veteran’s Day?  Scott recalls going to the festival when he was little, and to the museum; I’ve obviously been to neither.  However, we will be returning to the museum soon to get a better look, and surely the festival will be made an annual thing (of ours) to do.

Did you know that the SEALs originated in Fort Pierce, FL?  I sure didn’t!  The Frogmen were a group of volunteers who underwent specialized training down here during World War II.  The US Navy UDT-SEAL Museum houses artifacts from their inception, including the lifeboat that Somali pirates held Captain Phillips hostage on back in April 2009.  Complete with bullet holes from the SEAL snipers’ 3 shots that killed 3 pirates.   We are planning to go back soon, as we missed one entire side of the museum.

It had a full weekend of events planned for their 30th anniversary.  We just went to the demonstrations on Saturday, which turned out to be a pretty full day event.  The trip from Vero was quick, going south on A1A.  We could immediately tell that we were getting close to the festivities when traffic started slowing.  The demonstrations didn’t kick off until 11, and we had gotten there at about 10:30.  We didn’t have trouble finding parking, though we did have a short walk.

Once inside the festival area, we met up with a coworker of Scott’s and a friend of his.  A friend that was able to give us a pretty “behind the scenes” glimpse of the festival.  Thanks to him, we were hanging out in the staging area for the demonstrations.  Things kicked off promptly at 11AM with the LeapFrog demonstration.

Navy SEAL LeapFrogs in Fort Pierce, FL November 7, 2015

Navy SEAL Leap Frog landing in Fort Pierce, FL November 7, 2015

Yes, 5 Navy SEALs jumping out of a plane, in formation.  All landing on their feet and walking away like it was routine.  Very impressive!  While this was going on, the National Anthem was being sung- one SEAL had a HUGE American Flag attached to him for us to salute.

Navy SEAL Leapfrog at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL

Navy SEAL Leapfrog at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL

After the Leapfrogs got done, there was a welcome speech from the Director of the museum.  Then Titus O’Neil of the WWE gave the keynote (of sorts) speech.  He kept it relatively short, but a couple things he said just kind of rubbed me the wrong way.  He kind of made it sound as if he, as an entertainer, is just as …badass (for lack of a better term!) as the SEALs.  I lost interest and kept sneaking looks at these two very well behaved young Belgian Malinois.  They are be SEAL Multi-Purpose Canines.  And put my little heathens to shame!  You can also follow them on Instagram!  Check out the_war_beast and Raven_MPC

Trident Fitness MPC at the Navy SEAL Museum Muster Festival, Ft. Pierce
After I posted a picture (of the Leapfrog & flag!) to Instagram, the dogs’ handler “liked” it.  Ya’ll check out Baden K9 for more information on the MPCs’ training and Trident Fitness for some crazy Navy SEAL-inspired workouts!

After that, it was time for St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department to do a demonstration with their working dogs.  We got a good view of this K-9 getting ready for action as soon as he heard gunfire.

Port St. Lucie Sheriff's Department working K-9 at the Muster Festival in Ft. Pierce

Soon it was time for the MPCs to roll out…

Navy SEAL Multi-Purpose Canine demonstration, Fort Pierce FL

And tear things up!

The demonstrations ended with the “Super SEAL” challenging Titus to… something.  I wasn’t too sure what was going on, as it was loud and I couldn’t hear well,  mostly because this was overhead and then landing….

Huey flight and landing at US Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

I think the only thing I missed a picture of was a plane doing a very low flyover.  It happened quite quickly!  And also, of the “bombs” that were set off in the tree line.  Pretty much right next to where we were standing.  We headed inside after all of this, to enjoy a little A/C and see the museum.

The museum itself has a lot of interactive features that are good for kids and adults.  You can look into the lifeboat that I mentioned earlier, take a seat in a Black Hawk, and see what the SEALs see when they use night vision.  There is also an obstacle course outside, which is also used in the Multi-Purpose Canines’ training.

One of the most interesting parts of the whole day was listening to our new friend tell us stories, and give us first-hand information on all the different guns, knives, and grenade launchers.  I topped the visit off with these two new shot glasses to add to my collection; one is actually a demilitarized shell casing from an A-10 Warthog.  Which means absolutely nothing to me, except for that it’s a big-ass bullet!

Demilitarized 30 x 173 mm ammo used in Avenger 6-gun system

Aside from everything that I got to see, they also held a 5k run on the beach on Saturday morning and a beach-side service Sunday morning.  There were numerous food trucks onsite, where we had one of the best burgers we’ve had in a while.  There was also a Celtic band that was still going strong when we left around 2pm.

I would encourage everyone in the area to check out the museum and the Muster & Music Festival when it comes time.  The volunteers from the museum to the vendors put on a top-notch event that truly honors our Veterans.

Linking with Painted Tea Cup, Jessi’s Design, and Home of Malones!

Orlando | Weekending

I’ve been out of the game for a full month.  Why?  It’s multi-part.  First of all, getting back into the Accounting game at my new job.  It’s a lot of re-learning of a lot of things I learned 8-10 years ago as well as learning new things.  I come home from work mentally exhausted, which I haven’t felt in a job in a long time.  The second reason is, that along with the new job- that I have the afternoon Thursday as well as Friday off with currently, I’ve had a little bug up my butt on doing house stuff.

House stuff that could have and should have been done when I had a month (more, actually) off.  But I had a weird internal struggle with myself.  I wasn’t working, and I had enough saved to pay my bills for the month, but everything else was coming out of Scott’s pocket.  While he told me we were fine financially, and to go ahead and get the stuff needed to do these projects.  I didn’t feel like I could.  So that resulted in a lot of my being in a funk and not getting much accomplished.  
Pretty much the day, or at least the weekend, after I started working again, I decided to get some of these things checked off the to-do list.  We’ve been at Lowes every weekend.  We have not been to Disney every weekend.  I’ve listened to approximately 3 audiobooks, which is my new favorite thing to do while undertaking the projects.  I got the purple guestroom painted, using one of the colors I mentioned back in August.  I’ve worked on getting that back together and can’t wait to show you guys… once I get some art and pictures on the wall!  So it still may be a while!  I’ve got my next project (the guest bathroom/ all of the tile in the house) underway. 
Now what’s been going on this weekend?  We managed to sneak away for the first time in a while…
Friday was a pretty relaxed day.  We had house guests at the beginning of the week in the form of my favorite father-in-law and uncle, as well as two German Shepherds.  When they hit the road Friday, I cleaned up a little, and then napped on the couch.  And by “napped” I mean slept for three hours.  I literally got nothing accomplished, except for a load of laundry and a whole lot of trashy t.v.
Saturday we stayed local and made our way down to Ft. Pierce and The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum for their 30th annual Muster & Music Festival.  I’m going to save the whole shebang for Veteran’s Day but ya’ll, if you ever get a chance, it’s a must see!

Sunday I took off with Scott for Orlando and got to watch him appraise some trucks for work.  Then we dipped on in to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for literally, lunch and a quick walk through.

We had lunch at Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Asia, and it was great.  I had tried to get reservations on our way into the park, but the soonest I could get was 3pm.  It was Noon.  So we decided, especially after the tasty aroma that was wafting out of the restaurant, to chance it.  We had a 25+ minute wait, which we spent at the bar, and was able to order a frozen lemonade and some pork egg rolls.  We both decided we could have order two plates of the egg rolls and have been satisfied with life.  However, once we got seated, he ordered the Orange Beef, and I got the Crispy Honey Chicken.  For $20 each, I would have thought there was going to be enough to share, but not the case.  We both liked my Crispy Honey Chicken more than the Orange Beef, which had a little too much sauce on it for our liking.  Overall, I’d give it a 4/5- mainly for the small portions, and for being told that they wouldn’t sit us at a four person table when it’s just us two.  Which resulted in families who came in after us being seated before us.  I understand not taking up a table of 6 or 8, but when the two person tables were barely big enough to seat two, anyway….

Now on to the good stuff…

Silverback Gorilla and infant at Disney's Animal Kingdom
No one could really figure out why Dad was eating his lunch facing the wall, but the kid was PASSED out the entire time we watched.  He lifted his head up once to look around, which is the only reason we knew he was real!  He’s 13 months old, while Mom is 25, and Dad is I’m not sure how old.  Scott remarked on the way he was eating his lettuce… very similar to how I eat mine- NOT eating the crunchy, stocky part.  To which I pointed out that the infant was sleeping in the same position Scott sleeps in- one hand down over his belly, and the other arm up over his head.  Probably snoring.
Female Silverback gorilla at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Another similarity between me and Mama- people are watching and she should be entertaining, but she says “meh, I’m taking a nap.”
Meerkats and Zebras at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Meerkats and zebras!  I swear one of our dogs are part Meerkat- he perches on the highest point he can get and acts as look out for the other two!

Monkies at Disney's Animal Kingdom
And this pretty well sums up Monday!  Time to get to it!

Linking with Biana and Erin!