Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ft. Lauderdale

Our next stop was Vero Beach, also known as “Velcro Beach”.  Probably because it is so nice. This is a beautiful place with moorings and a free shuttle to town.  While there we met up with our friends on Quartet.  We only stayed a day anchored out because we had to get to Stuart for our   mail arriving.  

Along with Crocs we received our Dominican Republic courtesy flag and diesel filters.  While in Stuart we met up with our friends from Ruach II.  They are renting a house for the month while they get a new engine in their boat.  What a treat for us!  Play dates with their kids, pizza movie nights, taco movie nights (any excuse for a movie).  Free laundry, hot showers and a heated pool.

It was time to move on again.  This time our destination Fort Lauderdale.  We discovered during high winds that our wind generator was overcharging our battery.  Hence the trip to Fort Lauderdale to get it fixed.  Seems that not a day goes by that something doesn’t need to be replaced, repaired or maintained on the boat.  

On our way south we stopped at Peck Lake where the kids played in the surf (without life vests, a first).  They came back to the boat covered in sand.  I am the sand police so the kids immediately went to the shower with lots of soap.  Paul keeps telling me I am fighting a loosing battle but I refuse to give up.  I can’t imagine what the boat would look like if I gave up the battle against sand… 

Next stop was Peanut Island in Lake Worth.  This island is small but has beautiful beaches and we were able to break out the snorkeling gear.  The water temperature was warm but I still wanted my shortie wet suit so of course the kids did too.  I think little wet suits are so cute!

Now we are where we need to be for the wind generator.  Fort Lauderdale.  Just when I think I have seen all there is to see in the boating world, surprise.  A mega yacht with a helicopter, with its own cover.  Wow!  There is definitely money floating in the water down here. 

While here we met up with Quartet again.  I think we are going to be seeing a lot of them.  Yea!
Also our friends Charlie and Judy on Tequesta just showed up today.  This will be one of our first times meeting up with them on their boat instead of their house in St. Augustine.  

Party time in Fort Lauderdale.
Christmas in Seattle

Lots of things to do in Seattle

Jumpy Castle place Rules!

Aunt Sara and Uncle Tom have a big dog!

Samantha wins at Monopoly AGAIN!

Helicopter on a boat?  

Samantha catching the rain water leaks in our boat.

Little wet cute.

Handsome new haircut.

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