Monday, November 26, 2018

A Drive Through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge


With our time running out here at Wickham Park, we had one more place we wanted to revisit. The weather had changed making it windy and chilly with temperatures in the low sixties. I won’t apologize for calling low sixties chilly because for these two people who follow spring north and fall south it is certainly chilly to us. Anyhow we figured the drive over to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge would be perfect considering the weather…

After about a 50 minute drive we entered the loop drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is in our opinion definitely one of the top three loop drives in a wildlife refuge in the entire USA. The other two favorites are the loop drive at Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Texas and the loop drive at the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Below are some of the birds and sights we enjoyed…

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Heading back we decided to stop in for a little happy hour at a World of Beer in Melbourne and luckily for us we stumbled into something fun, Thirsty Thursday at West Village Melbourne. We were sitting at the World of Beer bar enjoying a beer when we noticed a band setting up outside amongst some tents which appeared to be vendors.. My curiosity got the best of me and I chatted with one of the vendors only to learn about Thirsty Thursday, a free once a month event on the third Thursday of the month. Live music, free food and drink… Score!


Another evening we made a date with John (Sharon’s cousin) and his bride Penny. We chose Squid Lips a waterfront bar and restaurant as a place to meet them since its location is about halfway between where we were and where they live, in Vero Beach, Florida. It was great to see them again and as always time rapidly melted away. Although it had been a year since we last saw them it was like we had never left. Good food, friendship,and great water view from our table made this a great way for us to spend our belated anniversary dinner!

With our time up it was finally time to head a bit further south to Vero Beach, Florida where we wall spend some quality time with John and Penny…

NOTE: We are now near Stuart, Florida…

1 comment:

  1. Oh my, makes me miss the road. I really enjoyed our time in Florida, especially Titusville and Merritt Island.