Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Getting to Vero

Radeen, Bob, Hayden in Cocoa Village 2012
Daytona was great, but we need to get SOUTH and onward we pressed making Vero Beach 3 days after departing Daytona.  We stopped at Titusville for fuel (16 gallons since the FLA line) and pumpout services and water. Since the weather was calm, we dropped an anchor just south of the old Max Brewer bridge and had a very restful night. 

From Titusville, we planned to stop at Cocoa Village and enjoy a dinner and night out with fellow Island Packet Owner of 380 JUDITH III, Bob W. We always stop to visit Bob because he has been so kind to us over the many years that we have been traveling south. Back in 2008, when we were working on our Drexel University study sabbatical, Bob helped us shuttle the car betweeen Titusville and Vero. Last year Bob guided us on a wonderful tour of the Kennedy Space Center. We really enjoy the Island Packet community, every where you go, there are owners willing to help you out and support your cruising. Thank you Bob, for being such a great friend.

From Cocoa Village, we continued south 54 miles to the wonderful town of Vero Beach, FL where boaters often times get stuck, hence the nickname Velcro Beach. We plan to spent 3 days here doing normal boater services and then press on to Miami ASAP. We loved Miami so much last year. that we really want to spend as much time as we can there so we can learn the area. For now, we will enjoy Vero...

Here are some random photos of this section....
Radeen has now taken our BEST elusive dolphin photo
These guys are so hard to photograph

"Dough BOY" back on the bread making task...we ran out
...so, make your own bread!

OMG, it is Aphrodite the 1937, 74' Commuter Yacht built for Long Island commutes to Wall Street,
Check it out here http://www.brooklinboatyard.com/aphrodite.html
We have seen this yacht in Watch Hill RI for many summers
 
I love to photograph pelicans, they are so interesting

Pelican paint job on the bridge fender boards :-)

Standing watch over the Manatee sign

Here comes VERO BEACH, slogan is....
The Tropics Begin Here

Vero Beach ICW home
Now, for some fun visits and boat services in Vero Beach. Already we have seen many fellow Island Packet Yacht buddies, and we look forward to meeting more. Vero Beach is cruiser convenient with a free bus to stores, malls, and restaurants.  Let's not get stuck here....

2 comments:

Jay and Barb said...

Good ole Velcro Beach is where we first met you. Enjoy!

If you get a chance, check out the Panama Canal Miraflores lock webcam site on Sunday around noon or so and you may catch a look at Jupiter's Smile bound for the Pacific!

Joe and Michele said...

Love the photo of the dolphin! Can't wait to catch up with you.