Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Our Home for a month!

Our most recent route and our new location: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?t=h&ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=102224145462847302635.00047b6b6f0f299ac7cae&ll=27.754038,-80.46936&spn=1.42672,3.337097&z=9

Tide Hiker is now docked at the Harborage Yacht Club and Marina in Stuart Florida. This will be our home for the next month while we visit Norm's sister, Joyce, for Christmas and attend the Stuart Boat Show here in mid-January. After that, we'll join up with September Song, Sea Pearl and Aurora for a cruise over to Florida's West coast via the Okeechobee waterway. More on that later.

We left Cocoa in overcast skies and 46 degrees F. The sun came out later, though, and the flying bridge was toasty. We were going to Vero Beach's mooring field when we heard that the field was full and rafting would be required. That's when more than one boat ties up to one mooring ball--not our cup of tea. And, the marina was full too. We decided that Vero Beach is not a boater-friendly place and just moved on to spend our money in the very boater-friendly Ft Pierce. That made for a long cruise day of 69 miles. But it was worth it. When we arrived we found a free Jazz and Blues concert had begun right on the marina property. So, we naturally migrated to the concert and enjoyed a couple of beers to the sounds of Iko Iko. A first for us, but a very good band that usually plays at the Green Parrot in Key West. We liked them a lot.

The next day we finished the remaining 26 miles to Stuart. We caught up with Bob and Stephanie aboard September Song and Joe Nicola aboard Sea Pearl. Bob and Stephanie welcomed us with a dinner of Bob's Famous Lasagna. You see, Bob heard that Vicki was in the search for the best Lasagna; and, Bob wanted to compete. Vicki brought some apps and desert and Joe brought the wine. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. Most importantly, Vicki says that Bob's La saga was the best she ever tasted. Bob wins the competition. His recipe is a secret. It was a blast even though this picture looks like we just woke up.

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