Vero Beach to Stuart

I am waaay behind in catching you all up on our last coupe months of boat life. So, here goes....

Thanksgiving came and went. It was as lovely as we had hoped it would be. We hung around Vero beach for a while and then grudgingly flew up to the frigid north for the holidays which we also enjoyed very much. After that, as if we don't have enough of the "easy life", we enjoyed a 3 week holiday in Hawaii. What an incredible place it is! Each of the 4 islands we visiited were as incredible and different from the last. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

By then it was early February and it was (woohoo!) time to get back to the boat life. Silver Bay was well cared for in our absence. She was cleaned and waxed, and her hull was removed of hull "stuff". Our beloved cap rail was varnished again as it needs to be refreshed frequently to stay "just right". We hung around another couple of weeks to get a few more life things done and then we were off!

Just in case you were worried that hanging around Vero Loggerhead Marina is a chore, this is what the pool looks like....

The day I took the picure, unfortunately, was about 55 degrees, but is is lovely isn't it? February in this part of Florida offers a very incinsistently wide range of temperatures. Some days it is in the 70's or even 80's, other days it's 50 something. You really just never know. I did enjoy the pool from time to time on the warmer days, I promise.

We enjoyed many a beautiful sunset from our stern....

As I was saying, by the middle of February, we were really feeling the itch. It was time to get moving again! This time we are on our way across Florida, through the Okeechobee waterway, to the Gulf Coast and to Naples and Key West. We did the same thing last year so we felt comfortable in what to expect.

The morning we left turned out to be foggy and dreary, but not enough to hold us back. We had an especially lovely escort out the channel into the Indian River .... these friends rode along with us on one side....

And these friends rode our bow moments after we picked up speed and started down the Indian River....

This is what the morning looked like....

The day did improve as it went along....

At the end of the day, we came into Stuart and Sunset Bay Marina which is world famous for all the Krogens that call it home for months each winter. When we arrived, I think there were 8 or 9 there. We had a couple of nights to visit and absolutely LOVED seeing so many members of our Krogen family.

Very late in the afternoon on our last day there, we kept hearing rumors and chatter about the "tall ships" coming in. We didn't know when this was supposed to happen, or what it meant, but the news was spreading for sure.

As the evening approached, seriously I mean evening--- something llike 6:30 when it was almost dark... we saw approaching 2 tall ships and thought...you have GOT to be kidding! NOW???

Better yet, when this was happening, we and all the other Krogenites in town were enjoying a docktails party on Roberto and Maria's beautiful "Gratitude" which was docked one row over so we had a perfect view of the process. Oh....one other thing that you have to know.... our boat...yes, our beloved Silver Bay...was docked less than 15 feet from the open dock space where these two giant boats were supposed to tie up. Needless to say, it was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least.

After what all of us considered very sloppy docking techniques, and a few moments of near cardiac arrest for Bruce and I, the Nina and the Pinta were finally secured and we were safe from harm. The current at Sunset Bay can be ripping at times and this was one of those times.

I am ashamed to say, I only have this one picture of them which I took as we were leaving the next morning. I had left my phone and camera on the boat when the docking was happening. I'm sorry it's a bit blurry. I only had time to get one shot. oops!

In case you are wondering where we were....our bow lined up with the piling that bisects the boat with the blue awning...just one over from the edge of the smaller black boat...we think it's the Nina, but we're not certain.

Alas, we are off! Today we tackle the canal to Lake Okeechobee.