Wednesday, January 23, 2013

UPDATE: Got Our Ducks In a Row for Christmas

View from Mooring 57 - Vero Beach City Marina - Prior to Christmas

In prior cruising seasons we have moved fairly quickly south from Brunswick, Ga. in order to prep for a crossing to the Bahamas. This year we are simply taking our time and enjoying many new anchorages and spending time in places we have previously bypassed.

Coco Village was one of our longer stops so far this year. This village has two good anchorages, over 50 unique shops, restaurants and has a good public transportation system. The village is home of the S.F. Travis Company (the mother of all hardware stores) which has been in business for over 125 years. This is not a Lowe's or Home Depot, no, it’s a bona fide get the job, any job, done hardware store. On the top shelves of this store are items that could be as old as the store itself. I have never seen tools the size these guys sell.  This hardware store is a must stop if you are anywhere close to Cocoa Village.

An easy dinghy ride to the River Front Park and short walk gets you to the bus stop. The bus route runs along the Merritt Island Causeway to Cocoa Beach and passes every kind of shopping known to man. The Kennedy Space Center is close by and very accessible via the transit system. We found this stop to be very boater friendly.

Tranquility Base - A Very Still Vero Beach Morning.

From Cocoa Village we headed down to Eau Gallie and stopped by the Telemar Bay Marina in the Banana River for fuel and water. This is a cool little stop and I think we may spend a few days here on our way north.

From Eau Gallie we moved on to Vero Beach City Marina one of our most favorite stops. We were very lucky that our favorite mooring #57 was available and we were glad to have it for the Christmas Holidays. As you can see from the picture there were a lot of cruising sailboats in the harbor for Christmas. From our vantage point we enjoyed  nature, all of the Dolphins parading past our boat multiple times a day, the Blue Herons fishing within a few yards of our boat, the Pelicans dive bombing the fish and the constant movement yachts and dinghies in and out of the harbor.

On Christmas Day we enjoyed a 5 lb standing rib roast with our friend Bill on s/v “Memento Mori”. Man was it good, but we  hurt ourselves by eating too much. What a beef overload. Can’t wait to the next time.

Look Close - The reflection of the Aqua Atlantic Ocean Can be seen just above and below the horizon as the sunsets over our shoulder.

One of those Red Fire Sunsets at Vero Beach.

Two Pots of Gold - I need to get over there quick.

After Christmas we turned the bow south and headed for Ft. Lauderdale. One night in Jensen Beach (not recommended for deep draft vessels), a couple of nights in Lake Worth North anchorage and finally Ft. Lauderdale, Las Olas mooring field for New Years Eve. Ft. Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America for good reason. Miles and miles of canals lined with Mega homes and Mega yachts is truly amazing. From the vantage point of the mooring field the Parade of Yachts was truly something to see. Yachts from every type and size can be seen passing by just yards away on New Years Eve. 

The Beach at Las Olas - Fish made of Recycled Plastic Bottles

We saw a very interesting ride while in Ft Lauderdale. It’s called the Zaino-Jet. At first we thought it was a jet pac that uses compressed air. As the guy approached it became apparent that water flow is used to elevate the pilot out of the water. Pretty cool stuff. Check out some of the Youtube videos.

I think Ginny wants one of these for her birthday. 

Zaino-Jet Flying High

After New Years we headed south to a anchorage in Hollywood Beach named Maule Lake. Maule Lake is a hidden anchorage about a half mile west of the ICW and south of Adventura Mall. It’s a large, deep anchorage that’s not used much by cruisers. It’s surrounded by High-rise Buildings, three upscale restaurants and a nature park.  The trip south through Dania Beach, and Hollywood Beach along the ICW is well worth the time. Lots of beautiful homes, high rise buildings and dockside restaurants line the waterway.

View from Maule Lake Anchorage

View from the Maule Lake Anchorage

ICW along Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach

Ever Wonder What Grandma and  Grandpa are doing. Well. Line Dancing at Hollywood.
And Creating Funny Tee Shirts.
After 5 days in Maule Lake we back tracked north to Ft. Lauderdale and Las Olas for a few more days. 
No Beach is Complete without the Tight Rope walking Juggler 

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