Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

It’s hard to believe that it only cost us $44.62 to stay 3 nights at Vero Beach…and the pump out is free.  No wonder people don’t want to leave.  Vero is so boater friendly….but it’s time…back to the boat to mount our motor, raise the dinghy, and shove away from Mighty Fine.  They are staying one more day and so is Mar-a-Lago and Inspiration.   We’ve all become such good friends through cruising.  Hopefully our paths will cross again!

It was close to 9 am when we motored over to say ‘bye’ to Jane and Brian.  Then,  we were out the channel and under the Vero Beach Bridge on our way once more.  Our plans today are to anchor at Jenson Beach for the night and then tomorrow on to Lake Worth.  I called and reserved two docks at Old Port Cove Marina…one for us and the other for sv/Southern Belle.  We are meeting up and planning on crossing over to the Bahamas together.

The further south we traveled this morning, the darker and more threatening the skies became.  We thought we were going to get into some nasty weather….this wasn’t predicted!  When we approached the  Fort Pierce North Bridge, we were at the front  and the winds kicked up.  On the south side of the Fort Pierce Inlet, the water was churning quite a bit.  Luckily, the clouds soon passed, the winds diminished and the waters flattened out.    Once the weather warmed, it didn’t seem long before we motored under the Jensen Beach Bridge.  The anchorage is on the south west side of this bridge with a lot of swing room.  There are 5 other sailboat cruisers , as well as some local boats. 

After the dinghy was down and floating, we motored to the public ramps and locked our boat to the docks.   Jensen Beach is a short walk to get into the touristy business district and only about 3 blocks long.  It’s unbelievable but we found a cute beachy/tiki style restaurant and here it was a Mulligans….just like in Vero Beach!!  Instead of stopping here, we continued our walking tour and went back to a corner bar and grill called Happy Snappers.  We sat out back on the deck that faced the Indian River.  They were competing with Mulligans because they too had strawberry daiquiris for $5 but they also
had a reggae singer..if I heard him correctly, his name was Azee. 

The Jensen Beach Bridge is fairly new.  I found it interesting that when they built the bridge, they also built a picnic area underneath and beside the bridge….and it has 2 fishing piers incorporated in this park.  Geez, back home, the only people that spend time under our bridges are the derelicts or people who are up to no good!
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