Friday 27 January

Today I am writing from our new all time favourite place, Vero Beach sometimes referred to as Velcro Beach because it is hard to leave. I am sure as we move on south we will find more “all time favourite” places but so far this sure is one. There is not a lot to do, just a quiet beach and canal area but the abundance of small bush covered islands, and stunning waterfront homes makes it a very picturesque part of Florida. We saw an Australian flag flying on one huge mansion, perhaps we should have dropped in! We are tied to a mooring ball outside the City Marina, just a short dinghy ride away, and have been enjoying a relaxing time in the lovely Florida weather.
Our anchorage before this was also magnificent. We stayed three days at Dragon Point, Indian Beach about five hours north of here. We found this lovely sheltered bay which we had intended staying in overnight but stayed for three. We met some of the most, friendly people whilst there. Our New Zealand flag certainly is a talking point. Of course most people think we sailed from New Zealand and are initially very impressed, sadly we have to come clean and tell them we bought our boat just down the road in Stuart, Florida!

THE SWING BRIDGE AT DRAGON POINT

 

One couple asked if they could tie their boat up to ours and come onboard to hear out story. Oh dear, we quickly had to put them straight, and tell them it was a very short story and not particularly exciting. Nevertheless they were a great couple and as they left, invited us to dinner the following evening at their home.
The next morning we decided to take the dinghy ashore and go and get some groceries. Not an easy task we discovered, with virtually nowhere to leave the dinghy. We called out to a guy working on his boat in the nearby marina and asked where we could tie up. He called us over and said we could tie up right next to him. His wife came out and asked where we were headed, promptly said it was too far to walk, and gave us the keys to their MX5 parked nearby. Honestly we were blown away. How generous. After we returned the car, plus a nice bottle of red, we were invited to come back for drinks at 5.00pm to meet a few others. We did just that, on our way out to dinner. All a lot of fun. Marc and Colleen had also invited their neighbours in to meet us, plus another friend so we had a great group around the table with lots of lively discussion. The US elections are all consuming over here and as outsiders it is very interesting to hear the various opinions!
We left the following morning for our trip to Vero Beach. The ICW was very quiet and it was a beautiful run down the waterway.

ONE OF THE SMALL ISLANDS IN THE ICW

 About an hour before Vero Beach, a small runabout pulled alongside and the chap driving called out that he loved NZ and asked if we would like to anchor somewhere nearby and he would take us in his boat to a local BBQ restaurant! We declined as we wanted to get to our destination by early afternoon to make sure we could get a good mooring, but once again such generous people.

WE ARE MOORED NEAR THIS BRIDGE AT VERO BEACH

THE PARK AT VERO BEACH MARINA

Heather and Scott continue to have problems and are still in Jacksonville. They do hope, however, to meet us in Fort Pierce on Monday or Tuesday. We have delayed our departure from here until Monday. It is only a two hour run and we have reserved a marina berth for a couple of nights. It will be good to give the boat a good hose down and have lots of power to run the vacuum (yuck) etc.

Several people have mentioned that they have not seen pictures of the inside of the boat. Since I only had a few pictures to add to the blog this time, I have decided to throw in a few of “Anything Goes”

MARGARITAVILLE

SOME MAY KNOW THIS AS THE WORKSHOP BUT IT REALLY IS A NICE CABIN!!

GUEST CABIN

MAIN CABIN

OUR BATHROOM

THE SALON

WHERE I CREATE ALL THOSE GOURMET MEALS! & PETER MAKES THOSE WONDERFUL MARGARITAS – NOTE THE ESPRESSO MACHINE A MUST HAVE EVERY MORNING!

Until next time.

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  1. Francie Schubauer Says:

    Hi from “down under again”. It is great to see the inside of ” anythinggoes”. You certainly have all the luxury! I didn’t realise that you had 3 bedrooms. Oh, if I could wriggle my nose & lap up some sun, & the gorgeous scenery. Margartia in hand of course! I did have a bit of a shudder when you wrote that you were heading into Fort Pierce, as we had a dreadful meal & accomodation there in 2010 when we were over for Dennis & Brookes wedding. All part of travelling, I guess?
    Craig has a few phones link ups organised, for work. One in Adelaide & one in Wgtn, so far. Maybe a few more this Month?He is flying up to Tauranga next Thursday for an interview with Trust Power.
    No news on our house unfortunately. We have a long weekend this weekend. Waitangi day on Monday.Yeah!
    Weather has been pretty good lately, but extremely windy, Northerlies thank goodness!
    Nothing very interesting I’m afraid from this end., as usual.
    Have fun!

    love Ruedi & Francie

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