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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Turtles Ashore

Snuck out of the condo early enough to see the sun rise over a calm Atlantic Ocean here in Juno. It was a perfect morning to walk on the beach. The water was warm and the air temp was still under ninety. Connecting the sunrise and sea to land, I counted thirty-three sets of turtle tracks along the shoreline near the Seminole Golf Club, plus another thirteen sets marked by a volunteer turtle tracker on an ATV.

Two of the nests had been disturbed. Crows were feeding on exposed eggs. Thankfully, the majority were well buried. We might have to walk down to the beach after dark tonight and see what comes ashore. 

Further down the beach, two guys were working in the water by a small limestone outcropping. When asked what they found, they said it was the intake check valve for a salt water pool at the golf club -- installed in 1927. Said they had been looking for it for the past two weeks. The inside brass parts were shiny and still working. 

Beach Access in the Daylight
Turtle Nest Marker

After a fun day of visiting with Beth's sister and brother-in-law, we walked down to the beach after sunset. There are no pictures because we didn't want to disturb the turtles. Saw five different turtles crawl up on the beach! Talked with a woman from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center camped out with red flashlights and learned that they are loggerheads coming in now. The females are big and carry up to 600 eggs. They will come ashore as many as three times to lay them all. Should wear black, stay still, and keep back so they don't turn around and go back into the ocean. I was surprised by how fast they moved on land. By the way, if you are ever in the Juno Beach area, the center is worth visiting. The sea turtle hospital and rehabilitation tanks let you see the turtles up close. Staff and volunteers are always happy to answer questions as they obviously love caring for the turtles.

Florida is a different, and less crowded, place in the summertime. Here are a few more photos from our visit with Paula and Lou.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Another Sunrise

Who knew squirrels like coconut?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Florida Botanical Garden

Visiting mom in Florida we took advantage of a cool morning to visit The Florida Botanical Gardens. We had only been here in the winter so, closer to the summer solstice, completely different plants are in bloom.  This is one of those free spots in Florida that can be a nice break from visiting commercial theme parks.  Here is a sampling of buds, leaves, and blooms...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vero Beach or Fort Pierce?

 After learning that there was no room for Temptation in Georgia, Earl decided to move to a face dock in Vero and leave the boat here for a while.

The mooring field is relatively empty here in June. During the spring and fall migration, boats are rafted three to a mooring.

Perching above the Captain's Lounge, a grey parrot talks to passing boaters. While we were waiting for the bus, a Blue Jay flew up to his cage and the African Grey said "pretty bird."
The floating face dock here in Vero has worn part way through the piling. Looks a little like a beaver has been at work.

After calling Fort Pierce and finding it was a little less expensive than here on a monthly basis, and there was space through October 1, Earl decided to retrace our path down the ICW and try Fort Pierce.

We leave Vero Beach in our wake.

Dolphins accompanied us for a bit of the passage.

Anhingas dry their wings on an ICW  day mark.

Harbor Branch Research Facility has some interesting buildings along the ICW.

A fisherman outside Harbor Branch's channel.

Man made rock islands and new docks have been added to Fort Pierce since our last visit.

Serious floating docks on concrete pilings look more secure than the dock we left a few hours ago in Vero Beach.

Fifteen foot pilings should do well if there is a storm surge here, but they prove a challenge when attaching lines.

We discovered we were on the Vero Beach Harbor Cam!

The rain cleared just at sunset and a rainbow touched the end of our dock.

Saturday morning brought a farmer's market to the marina. We visited early for baked goods.

And came back for fruit later.

Who would have thought Fort Pierce had a mushroom farm?

Beth drove down from North Carolina and "rescued" me from Temptation. She seemed right at home in the cockpit.

We went out for dinner near the inlet, hoping to see the waves and current meeting like they did when we came in.  The restaurant was a little too far in to witness any of the craziness.

Sunset on my last night aboard brought the cruise to an end. Many thanks to Earl and Karen for the chance to cruise across the stream again.

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