We pried ourselves away from Vero Beach
We now understand why cruisers sometimes never leave. But we finally removed the line from the mooring ball. It was time to go! We said good bye to Gerald. We fully enjoyed our visit and can't thank him enough for his friendship and for touring us around.
|Gerald trying out the elevated captains chair. He approved!|
|Our Christmas Tree decorating party.|
|Tis the Season|
|We presented Gerald with the flag of New Brunswick. It was one of the many treasures we found on board as we brought his Katie (our R Kalliste') back to life.|
Vero to Delray
Miniature tall ship anchored along the ICW
|Another absolutely beautiful sunset|
Some examples of southern architecture as seen from the ICW:
And then there is the contrast. It is no wonder some in Florida are not friendly to cruisers. We have seen many abandon boats along the way.
Then there is the wild life - often difficult to capture on film.
|Osprey enjoying lunch.|
|We have heard that the further south you go the larger the boats and the younger the wives. So fae at least we've seen plenty of examples of the former.|
Terry & Jeannie:
You meet the nicest people when you cruise. We met Terry and Jeannie several years ago on our first trip across Lake Erie to Ashtabula Yacht club. And have enjoyed their company on both sides of the lake. Each year the AYC and Port Stanley Sailing Squadron race one way or the other. Next year the LEIR (Lake Erie International Race) will celebrate their 50th. Terry and Jeannie have their winter home in Delray Florida and we have tied up to their guest dock.
Our tour of Delray:
|Terry, Jeannie and I conversing with a Macaw|
|Love at 1st sight - This little grey parrot becomes quickly attached to Paul - I think the feeling is mutual.|
|What a great idea! Grey water management, natural wetlands and a place for people to come and walk, relax and enjoy the wildlife|
|Walkway extends through the wetland for half a mile|
|Our first Alligator|
|Not that we got close enough to measure but this grand daddy measures 14ft|
|Basking in the sun or waiting for a meal?|
|100 ft Christmas tree|
|Selfie with Terry & Jeannie|
|landed right beside our boat|
|look at me!|
|Manatee beside the boat|
We are now headed to Lake Boca and further south.