A busy February and March
Trip Start Nov 05, 2009
5Trip End May 01, 2010
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After being weathered in down below with cold temps for a while, today was glorious. Sunday means the Farmer's Market in downtown Stuart. We drove into town early to get a good parking spot and then bought our week’s supply of fresh veggies: salad tomatoes, zucchini, onions, red peppers, oranges and two crab cakes and stashed everything in the cooler in the trunk. Then we started walking around town and bought a local paper and found a picnic table in the sun on the waterfront overlooking the beautiful St. Lucie River. Since this was the first day we’ve had some warm temps (70’s) and winds out of a direction other than the great white north, there were lots of boats. We ran into Dave & Linda and we had lunch together at Maria’s, an outdoor restaurant. The Riverwalk Concert series, which happens every 3rd Sunday of the month, started at 1 pm and we were right on time
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Yesterday we got a call from Betsy & Dave from Spindrift, a Cat. 36, who we met at the Seven Seas Marina while we were in Daytona for repairs to the skeg last January. They are on their way from their home in New Smyrna Fl to the Keys and stopped in Stuart and hoped to get together with us. So at 9:30 a.m. we dingied over to see them at the mooring field in town and Denny helped Dave fix his outboard. The skies darkened and t-storms were predicted so we visited for a little while then told them we’d dingy back to our boat, close it up and come pick them up by car and go out to lunch. We heard a NOAA special weather statement on the way, advising everyone in Stuart to seek shelter immediately
Sunday, Feb. 28 – Art Festival in Stuart. Thousands of people showed up. It was a sunny breezy day. We went with Linda & Paul and later we had nachos and a couple beers with them at Wahoos before retiring to the boats to watch Canada beat the US in hockey. Oh well. They gave it their best shot.
Monday, March 1 – A Tartan 34 came into the marina and docked next to us. Come to find out they are friends of Bill & Mary, from Lake Champlain NY, who we traveled with last year. Karen walked down our dock and asked if we were Kathy & Denny and then she said that Bill & Mary said to look us up if they come here. They are staying here at the Harborage for a month before heading back to NY. Small world.
Saturday, March 6 - Dave & Wendy Brigham came for a visit
Saturday, March 13 - Take me out to the ballgame! Chris sent us tickets to a Tiger's spring training game in Port St. Lucie against the NY Mets about 15 miles from here. What a great afternoon we had! The sky was bright blue, it was in the 70's, the breeze was blowing into right field, the music was blaring, the hot dogs tasted great, the peanuts and beer were fantastic! We felt like kids again. The Mets won 9-1, only because the strong wind turned 4 hits into home runs. Thank you again Chris!
Monday, March 15 - Denny & I had signed up for a CPR/AED/First Aid and First Aid for boaters class sponsored by the American Heart Assoc. and put on by friends of ours that we met in Savannah in 2009, Dr. Jim Brown & his wife Barb. It was an 8 hour class that was held in the billiard room of the yacht club. By the time we finished we were qualified to administer CPR, we learned how to use the AED (portable defib), we could do the Heimlich maneuver, treat jelly fish stings, remove fish hooks, be more aware of carbon monoxide poisoning, treat minor injuries and splint broken bones. It was a great course that we are so very glad was available to us.
Tuesday, March 16 - This evening we have tickets to see Arlo Guthrie & family at the Lyric Theater.