Friday, December 20, 2013

Hitting the Pause Button

We've parked the boat in a marina for 3 months to catch up on projects.

The main salon windows need replacing, some canvas work awaits, there's always varnish, I want to repaint the cockpit plus many other small things that we want to get done.

Here's some of our 'neighbors'. Must be 50 in the school.

When we're done here we will haul out to repaint the bottom and a few more projects that can only be done out of the water. Hopefully we're all caught up (yea right) by spring in time to head north.

Merry Christmas

We will be traveling to British Columbia to visit family for the holidays, by airport shuttle, plane, rental automobile and ferry.    Stay tuned for our post about our trip.  We hope it will not turn into a remake of the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles!   To our readers, friends and family, we wish you the merriest Christmas and happy New Year!

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!