Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stuart Florida and Seeing RV Friends…

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We left the Vero Beach area and drove another short distance to the St.Lucie Locks, a Corps of Engineer Park I have always wanted to camp at. Less than 50 miles on the road and we were pulling into our campground. We had awesome views of the Locks so we new this stay would be a treat.

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The next day we decided to drive our car around the area and ended up on Jenson Beach where we took in a long walk to enjoy the surf sounds and smells. We love the beach!!! Well we did until we got back to the car… As we were brushing the sand off our feet as we always do,we both noticed we had huge black spots on our feet – TAR. Yuck, we didn’t see any tar balls on the beach but they were obviously there. Oh well not everyday on the beach is a great day!

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We also spent a great deal of time simply walking around our campground as we are adjacent to a county regional park as well. There was also a nice visitor’s center run by volunteers. There was not too much to offer adults but there is a great interactive display for those with kiddos. The walking trails at the adjacent Phipps Park are great and we walked everyday we were here. There are some nice boardwalks and retention ponds in the regional park which made walking the area very pleasant.

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One day during our long loop walk I told Sharon I heard some Sandhill Cranes but we didn’t spot them. On our return around the loop we discovered a pair of Sandhills walking along the dirt road into the park. I assumed they would fly away as we neared them but they did not! We walked alongside them at their pace some 8-10 feet. It sure was fun walking with the cranes that day!

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Another highlight of the trip was our meet up with friends and fellow bloggers Jim and Nanc whom we first met at Betty’s RV Park. We have crossed paths several times during our travels around this beautiful country of ours. This time we met up at a place called Mulligan’s. Sharon had found a great coupon deal for some free firecracker shrimp so we met at this nice waterfront bar/restaurant for happy hour and dinner. It was fantastic to see the two of them again. We hope to see them again at Betty's in the Spring.

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Our last day Jim and Nanc wanted us to meet them at the Seafood Festival in Stuart but I had other plans to see if I could remedy the whistling sound we are experiencing from my ill fitted hose repair. My plan was to cut off the existing repair and just use some extra Gorilla Tape I bought at Walmart to see if it would temporarily do the trick . I guess we will find out on the next journey on our road of retirement….

NOTE: We are now in Fort Myers until the end of November.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Last Days in Vero and a Visit to the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce Florida…

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As we mentioned in our last blog, Sharon's cousin's wife Penny had an active schedule planned for us on our last day in Vero Beach. And she did… First we went over to the McKey Botanical Gardens where she works/volunteers. We have visited this wonderful garden before but there were some new art pieces created by The Ark Collective in Nairobi, Kenya which features 24 super cool hand-crafted.sculptures

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This amazing exhibition is scattered throughout the grounds and are each perfectly placed in the garden. There is a beautiful rhinoceros, a hippopotamus, elephants in the jungle, a 16 ft. giraffe foraging on leaves and some incredibly realistic looking crocodiles. Walking among these sculptures along with all the beautiful blooming plants (especially all of the orchids) was a real treat and a great way to start the day.

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Our next stop was to visit the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce Florida. Amazingly I was able to score a GROUPON for the tickets as well. The museum is dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs. We spent the better part of an hour and half but could have spent longer had we not arrived to close to closing. The exhibits were very well laid out, informative and many were interactive. For those who love museums, this one is a must see when in this area.

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Our next stop was the Sailfish Brewing Company for happy hour. I sampled a few of their beers before settling on their Sunrise City IPA and Sharon had their Round Island Rye IPA. Sailfish makes some tasty beers with great flavor and body. They were some of the better brews we've had while in Florida. After some cold brews and lively conversation we moved on next door to the 2nd Street Bistro for dinner.

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When we walked in the place it was packed and after having their $6.99 Burger Special I understood why. They serve a delicious 1/2 pound burger and fries at a great price ( I recommend the smothered burger). We were also there because this night was trivia night and  both John and Penny are trivia buffs. Also present to assist us was Penny’s brother and one of her co-workers, both of which were a pleasure to meet and converse with. Although we didn’t win the trivia contest it didn’t deter us from have a great time!

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We sure had a blast visiting with John and Penny. We figure that we will see them again since we won’t be too far away this winter. We will be looking forward to seeing them both again. Our two days passed much too quickly and it was time to move on once again…

NOTE: We are now at  a COE park outside of Stuart FL for four nights total…