Monday, February 20, 2017

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CONCERT

We saw in the Miami Herald last week that the 3 Dog Night and AMERICA  were performing up in Ft. Lauderdale. We treated ourselves and drove up and spent the night. It was a sold out concert so we spent the BIG $$$$ and bought tickets from the scalpers. To us, it was well worth it. 3 Dog Night is the album John had me come back to his apartment to  listen to the night we met 46 years ago. We had never seen them live. This was truly a very special evening. We have always considered JOY TO THE WORLD (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog) "our song".

To round out our weekend, on the way home we stopped in Miami for the Carole King Musical BEAUTIFUL  at the Adrienne Arsht Center. It was FABULOUS !!!!!



WE SAT IN THE THIRD ROW CENTER...GREAT SEATS!


VALENTINES DAY

I dragged John to the  famous Fairchild Botanical Gardens near here. We put on our walking shoes on this gorgeous day and walked the entire property.
EGYPTIAN GEESE



CACTUS GARDEN

ENDED THE DAY AT JAGUARS....OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Saturday, February 11, 2017

KEY WEST ROAD TRIP

 Did a quick, fun filled 2 nighter to KW ! What a crazy place. We decided 2 days was about all the fun we could stand. We stayed at the Pier House which was great because of the good location. We walked around a couple hours and then had a drink at the famed Chart Room Bar at our hotel . We ate dinner at Carolines and then headed over to AQUA ....a drag queen show. That was a hoot and a LOT of laughs.
ONSTAGE AT IRISH KEVINS

BEST APPETIZER EVER!!!!

DID A RUM SAMPLER AT THE RUM BARREL 
MET UP WITH TOM AND LEANNE MEACHAM FOR AN EVENING OF ADVENTURE AND FUN

WALKED THE LENGTH OF DUVAL STREET TO THE SOUTHERNMOST POINT OF THE USA 
ONE OF THE UNUSUAL KW SIGHTS

HAD BREAKFAST AT BLUE HEAVEN

COOL STATUE


PIER HOUSE HAS GORGEOUS GARDENS ALL ABOUT THE PROPERTY

TURTLE POND AT THE PIER HOUSE

Saturday, February 4, 2017

ALABAMA JACKS

A must do in the Keys is a trip to Alabama Jacks. We decided to make a day of it. Our first stop was to the Biscayne National Park in Homestead, FL. We walked around and decided we could see most of it by our boat. Next stop was to Alabama Jacks for lunch. It is on Card Sound and has been around for decades. It is in the middle of nowhere, but VERY popular. It has a fun, lively atmosphere . Makes a good mini road trip!

From there we stopped at Walmart before heading back to the boat. Twas a fun day !
BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK

ALABAMA JACKS 
CONCH FRITTERS....A MUST HAVE

VISITORS!

Last weekend we had Susan Hill and Rick aboard. We know Susan from 25 years ago in Kingwood. She and Rick now split their time between Colorado and Arizona. We wanted to show them a
"Miami " Winter. It did not disappoint. The first day it poured rain, but we did manage to walk into Coconut Grove for lunch and spent the afternoon watching the Australian Open Tennis.
Monday was terrific. We did a trip down to Boca Chita in perfect weather and conditions. Fred Lowe accompanied us on his boat. We all spent the night and the next day did a trip up to Miami to enjoy the skyline from the water.
Rick and Susan

Crew

Fred Lowe

Captain and the Navigator

Friday, January 20, 2017

A GOOD FIRST WEEK

We have had a pretty good week. The weather has been chamber of commerce perfect.  On Tuesday, we left at 6AM to drive up to Hilton Head to pick up our car. Got back Wednesday afternoon. It is nice having a car here, but we go days without using it. This place is so walkable and the traffic is pretty hectic.

We are enjoying hitting some of our favorite restaurants, Jaguar being at the top of the list.

This afternoon, I took my first pilates class. I am switching over from yoga classes that I usually do here. I am looking forward to learning a whole new form of exercise.

John has been busy replacing the sensor to our gray water pump. It was backing up in the shower. After numerous trips to the hardware store the past few days, he is close to completion on this job. The shower still worked, but we had to pump the gray water out manually. It involved a lot of yoga like bending in a tiny area, and very fussy work. Glad that man is so handy!!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

BACK ON THE WATER....not without a little terror

Well, I wasn't going to do much blogging this trip since so much is a repeat. Until today, it has been a calm, easy going trip. We left Hilton Head to go South on January 4. We have made good progress and are tied up tonight at the Las Olas Marina in Ft. Lauderdale.

Our day started out with raging current and a strong East wind that required us to get extra dock help getting out of the slip in Palm Harbour in West Palm Beach. We really didn't want to drift into the $4 million boat next to us :-((( Today was also the day of 19 bridges. That is always grueling as we had to do a lot of waiting for openings and deal with a couple crabby bridge tenders. The highlight of the day was trying to dock in 25 mph winds while dealing with water taxis and the boat traffic of Ft. Lauderdale. After some very scary moments of turning sideways in the slip, we abandoned that plan and headed out for a T head that was open. To finish off the day, we could not get off the boat....tide too low and dock too high. This day goes on the books in the top 5 worst boating days ever.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow as we arrive in Coconut Grove, our winter home.