Pine Island was the first stop on the trek south. The anchorage was so peaceful. It was up again the next morning and on to St. Augustine. Here we spent several days anchored with friends Les and Sarah of Wilde Matilda, and Larry and Debbie of Spirit.
As a group we toured around town on our bicycles, visited the Lightner museum, visited Castillo de San Marcos and watched the military reinactors fire off the canons, enjoyed eating our lunches at different parks around town, found the gelato ice cream parlor - yum, yum - and managed to do some laundry.
Here we are atop the St. Augustine lighthouse, which provided an awesome view of the city.
The Alligator Farm was on the list and we thoroughly enjoyed learning not only about alligators, but also crocodiles, many species of birds, tortoises and others.
Tom & Laura and our daughter Beth joined us for dinner at Habana Cuba for a cuban dinner, one of our favorites. While here we discovered that the Honda generator was misbehaving, so Tom graciously helped us take the generator in for repair work. Fortunately it turned out to be bad fuel, so it was an easy fix. We were VERY thankful for Tom and his car!
Southbound, we stopped by Daytona Beach to spend a night with Barb's cousin Judy and hubbie Jack at their home in DeBary. As usual when seeing friends we had a lot of gossiping to do and combined that with dining. Jack and Judy took us to one of their favorites that is now one of our favorites, a small Mexican restaurant in DeLand. Thank you for your fine hospitality!
On the road again to Titusville. At the anchorage we rocked and rolled as a noreaster blew, but we managed to make it to shore, rent a car and spend an awesome day at the Kennedy Space Center - a must do if you ever get to this part of the country!
We made it to Ft. Piece where we experienced the Marine Center which houses an ecosystem that was brought down from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. A Smithsonian Institute marine biologist runs the laboratory at the center and is very willing to answer your questions. Next door to the center is the Historic Museum. Make this a stop on your trek south. Can you find us in the sculpture?
After Ft. Pierce we found ourselves heading up the St. Lucie River to Stuart. Oh how the dolphins love to ride the bow waves, especially if someone is on deck. They really prefer an audience. Barry was there with his camera and they delighted him with quite the show.
We had hoped to take a mooring ball in Stuart, check on a boat that is for sale and stop for groceries. No such luck, the mooring balls were not available, and the boat for sale was actually in Melbourne. So, we picked up our mail, walked to the grocery store and anchored for a night. Then off to Palm Beach and Lake Worth.
We're now anchored in Lake Worth near the inlet. Our friends John and Marny of Interlude are arriving today. We plan to cross to the Bahamas with them, as they've made this crossing many times and will be our guide. So, we're patiently waiting for the right weather window in order to leave for the Bahamas by way of Memory Rock.