Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vero Beach

Vero Beach, Florida is a nice stop along the Intracoastal Waterway. In fact, it is nicknamed "velcro beach" because cruisers come to the marina here for a short visit and end up staying a long time. Why? Maybe because Vero has an inexpensive mooring field that is well protected from the winds and waves. They have a weekly cruisers happy hour, a great meet and great. But, for us, it's the free shuttle bus to town for shopping and supplies or to the beach! In fact, it is the first thing we did when we got here. We jumped on the shuttle to ........

The beach

We couldn't wait to kick off our shoes and walk along the beach.

I love watching the seagulls glide in the strong winds

Small birds are running from the surf as they hunt for food

This is the Driftwood lodge. A lodge and restaurant found along the beach here in Vero. An eccentric built the original lodge from driftwood. It has been added on to through the years and is a feast for the eyes.

Now thats a table and bench.

You could spend hours reading.

They have incredible sculptures and antiques here too.

Gotta love the beach.

We met a lot of great new people here. Had lots of fun with some old friends too. We had dinner with Stew and Diana from Casual Class. These pelicans were looking for a hand out at one of the restaurants we went to with them.

Stew and Diana gave us the hand made "star" for the top of my Christmas tree. I decorated it with sea shells found while walking the beaches of the Bahamas. Thanks guys, it is perfect!