Tuesday, May 11, 2010

John Henry & Land Traveling

During our last blog session - you will remember that we made it to Ft. Pierce, Florida.John Henry with Tender on face dock at Ft. Pierce, Florida
next to Harbor Cove Restaurant (not included in photo).

Once morning, we looked out and there were three (3) sharks cruising the inlet.

Our friends Fred and Judy from M/V Amarse were staying in Stuart (about 15 miles south of Ft. Pierce). They had already gotten their car so they offered us a ride to Sarasota to get our car. We stayed at the condo overnight - enjoyed the hot tub and the company.

Before we left Sarasota, we went to the nursing home and visited with Anna, Wink's Mom.
She seems to be much the same - mumbles and has no recognition of anyone. Her physical health continues to be okay. She doesn't walk but a few steps at a time with assistance.

We kept hearing knocks on the hull. The knocks turned out to be Jack Carvel fish chasing other fish and bumping into the hull. Wilma took lots of photos and this one was the nicest photo.

Jan and Brian from M/V Roving Seas crossed the Gulf Stream with us, but continued on to Vero Beach to hang out on a Mooring. We got together a couple of times for dinner.

These are the new officers of our boat owners club. Wilma is now the President.
Fred is the Vice President, Bettie - secretary, and Punk with dog is the Treasurer.
Of course, Sara the sea dog is also in the picture.
If you want to know more about the boat owners club
GHTA (Great Harbour Trawler Association)

The GHTA meeting was held in conjunction with the Mirage Mfg Technical Seminar
put on by the Boat Builder to help owners with questions & techniques
for maintaining their vessels.
Mirage Mfg provides a low-country boil dinner after their Thursday session. Wink was really enjoying the Shrimp, Mussels, Corn, Carrots, Potatoes, and Sausages. Mmmm, Mmmm, Good.

Wilma's niece Jan, her husband Dee and their two children, Tanner and Jenna went over to the condo and stayed for a week. They also drove over to see John Henry in Ft. Pierce. They stayed overnight and we had a great time gathering shells at the beach - then making their grandmother (my sister) a necklace.

Wink and Wilma also took some time to clean out the boat and take a load of stuff over to the condo. The bedroom really looks good now. Our Master Stateroom is in the Bow. From the entrance to the Master Stateroom, the office is to Starboard (Right).

The office of the President (GHTA) that is.

Tim from Cloud X along with his wife Lena came for a weekend visit to the condo.
We went out to dinner at Javier Restaurant for dinner.
Peruvian Food - Excellent (Wilma's Favorite Special Restaurant)
Lena picked out one of Wink's jewelry pieces and asked Wink to make her earrings to match.

She also wanted a Sterling Silver Cross - Above.

We went to the Municipal Marina in Ft. Pierce to the Arts & Crafts show
The weather was very hot - there was guy dressed in a character suit.
Our friend Michael who does wire wrapping talked to Mets mascot.
Wilma held down the Jewelry Booth while Michael visited with the Mascot.

We left Ft. Pierce, FL early on Sunday, May 9th
Happy Birthday - Happy Mother's Day
to Wilma's Mom.
We soon discovered that Roberta and Steve on M/V Indemnity was not far ahead of us.
We chatted on the Radio and anchored near each other in the evening at Addison's Point.
Wink and Wilma jumped into their skiff and went over to Indemnity for a short happy hour.
The following day we traveled trough the Haulover Canal. We saw five (5) Manatee, lots of wildlife and of course a Cormorant drying it's wings.

MV John Henry at Loggerhead Club and Marina
The winds and current were against us most of the day keeping our speed even
slower than normal. We were certain that we would
not be able to reach St. Augustine or the planned anchorage before dark.
Wink and Wilma decided to pull into a marina in Daytona - Loggerhead Club and Marina.
It is a beautiful place and ran well. However, they charge LOA. Length Over All.
They have a nice hot tub and pool which we enjoyed. Caribbean Jacks Restaurant looked great, but we're dieting - so we ate on the boat.
We had a great night's sleep - left the Marina this morning at 8:20 a.m.
The winds, current and good luck have joined us today.
We're cruising fast - 10.6 mph
Location - Just north of Cresent Beach Bridge, Florida
We should arrive Green Cove Springs, FL tomorrow afternoon.

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