Life in Stuart
09 March 2010 | Harborage Marina and Yacht Club
Hard to believe we've been here on B dock for nearly 3 months! Life is good, the neighbors are friendly, and the yacht club facilities are very attractive. "Marina rats" have full access to all the amenities of the club, including pool, hot tub, steam & sauna, exercise gym, billiard room, restaurants and bars, and cruisers' lounge. In addition, we have free wi-fi and cable. Oh, and Thursday nights the management throws a "Meet & Greet" with happy hour drink prices and free hot and cold hors d'oeuvres - an all-you-can-eat buffet that suffices as dinner!
We learned about this place from OGYC friends Eileen and E.Don Smith, who had spent last winter here. This winter they have been berthed 4 slips away, and have really shown us the ropes here; they introduced us to countless restaurants and shops, and have provided us with boat advice and assistance. We passed on the good word about the Harborage to Jerie and John Milici, who pulled in for 2 months and joined in on the good times, before setting off for the Bahamas and points beyond, on the good ship Peking. James Williams and Penelope Mayer, whom we met on the Anti-Poison River in NC, stopped for a couple of nights, before heading for Bimini as well. We hope to see both couples when we make the crossing ourselves.
Trips and Visitors
31 December 1969 | Stuart, FL
Our stay here has been punctuated by short road trips and flights north. For Christmas we headed to Heather's for a week, and I returned again in late January, experiencing major snowfalls each time. The grandkiddie fix was just what I needed. We spent a long weekend in Coral Springs with Dad when Ann & Jim were in town, and again when Heather and the kids came to visit. Their stay was happily extended 5 days when snowstorms in VA shut down the airport, and flights were not available until later that week.
We made a west coast sweep, visiting Unni and John Haskell in St. Pete, Elise and Bob Elliott in Boca Grande, and Bruce and Marie Hepp in Ft. Myers (although Marie was sick, and we only caught a glimpse of her). We had a mini-family reunion in Naples at Candy and Ann's house, with Dad, Aunt Pat, and Laura; also had lunch in Tin City with Aunt Bobbie and got to see her new assisted-living digs. On the way back, we motored straight to Vero Beach to see Betty & Frank Flores and Anne & Ev Johnson, who were staying with them, en route to Marco Island for a 3 week stay.
On another occasion, we drove down to Jupiter to connect with teaching colleague Marla Shainman and her husband Barry, and boating live-aboard friends of theirs, Diane and Alan Klein. A couple of weeks later they drove up to Stuart and we scoured the Stuart Art Show, and wined and dined aboard Family Affair and at a local Italian restaurant.
Visitors included Dad, who spent New Year's weekend with us, and Dawn & Paul Gudelis, who were here for MLK weekend. They drove down with their dog Audra from St. Augustine where they are living temporarily on work assignment. We poked around the Stuart Boat Show, biked miles to the beach and back, and generally partied hearty.
Check out the Gudelis's youTube video to get the flavor of the fun: