Sunday, November 19, 2017

Last Days in Vero and a Visit to the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce Florida…

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As we mentioned in our last blog, Sharon's cousin's wife Penny had an active schedule planned for us on our last day in Vero Beach. And she did… First we went over to the McKey Botanical Gardens where she works/volunteers. We have visited this wonderful garden before but there were some new art pieces created by The Ark Collective in Nairobi, Kenya which features 24 super cool hand-crafted.sculptures

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This amazing exhibition is scattered throughout the grounds and are each perfectly placed in the garden. There is a beautiful rhinoceros, a hippopotamus, elephants in the jungle, a 16 ft. giraffe foraging on leaves and some incredibly realistic looking crocodiles. Walking among these sculptures along with all the beautiful blooming plants (especially all of the orchids) was a real treat and a great way to start the day.

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Our next stop was to visit the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce Florida. Amazingly I was able to score a GROUPON for the tickets as well. The museum is dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs. We spent the better part of an hour and half but could have spent longer had we not arrived to close to closing. The exhibits were very well laid out, informative and many were interactive. For those who love museums, this one is a must see when in this area.

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Our next stop was the Sailfish Brewing Company for happy hour. I sampled a few of their beers before settling on their Sunrise City IPA and Sharon had their Round Island Rye IPA. Sailfish makes some tasty beers with great flavor and body. They were some of the better brews we've had while in Florida. After some cold brews and lively conversation we moved on next door to the 2nd Street Bistro for dinner.

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When we walked in the place it was packed and after having their $6.99 Burger Special I understood why. They serve a delicious 1/2 pound burger and fries at a great price ( I recommend the smothered burger). We were also there because this night was trivia night and  both John and Penny are trivia buffs. Also present to assist us was Penny’s brother and one of her co-workers, both of which were a pleasure to meet and converse with. Although we didn’t win the trivia contest it didn’t deter us from have a great time!

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We sure had a blast visiting with John and Penny. We figure that we will see them again since we won’t be too far away this winter. We will be looking forward to seeing them both again. Our two days passed much too quickly and it was time to move on once again…

NOTE: We are now at  a COE park outside of Stuart FL for four nights total…

Friday, November 17, 2017

Last day in Melbourne, Florida–First day in Vero…

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Our last day at Wickham park in Melbourne, Florida we were finally able to play their disc golf course. Much of the course was unplayable during most of our stay due to the Native American festival being held there. The course was nicely laid out and had 22 holes. We played all but two as one still had people taking down festival tents and another went over a large pond. We don’t play holes we know we could lose a disk on. We sure enjoyed this course.

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As dinner rolled I was looking to solve a craving. Since we didn’t travel through Louisiana this spring I had been craving an oyster po'boy. So when I found a great GROUPON code for a Cajun place called Tabones I bought it and off we went. The GROUPON included 2 oyster po'boys/baskets, an appetizer, two drinks and a basket of beignets. While the meal didn’t live up to Louisiana standards it did hit the spot and solved a craving I had. It also was a nice way to end our stay here.

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Morning came and went as we packed up to head south.to our next stop about an hour away which would be Tanglewood RV Park near Vero Beach. We only have two nights there with our purpose being to visit Sharon’s cousin John and his wife Penny.We look forward to reconnecting with them as we always have fun around them.

After setting up we drove over to Vero Beach to see John and Penny. Penny had made a tasty lunch charcuterie and John treated me to a nice 4-Hop Rogue Brew while we sat on their back patio enjoying the great weather.. We had fun reconnecting and erasing the time since our last visit. They live only a couple of blocks from the beach so we all strolled from their condo over to the beach to walk along the shoreline.

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Vero Beach lost lots of sand from Hurricane Irma but there was still enough for us to enjoy our stroll and chat. Their boardwalk survived the hurricane so we walked most of it too. Afterward Penny prepared a special dinner for us and it was quite the treat. Her salad was particularly colorful and tasted just as good as it looked. Throw in the French fingerling roasted potatoes, sautéed butternut squash along with a great strip steak and we had a memorable, delightful dinner. Some after dinner wine a little homemade apple pie concluded our fantastic evening.

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We headed home to the RV park but have one more day of fun to look forward to as Penny has an active schedule planned for us on our last day in Vero Beach…

NOTE: We are now at  a COE park outside of Stuart FL for four nights total…