04 December 2018
IC 12/03 Cocoa –
A great trip down only 48 nautical miles but a bridge that closes from 3:30 to 5:00. Early start and my GPS said we would arrive at 3:28 to the bridge. Fortunately (as planned ha ha ha) we got a helping current and arrived at the bridge at 2:30. One hour later we were docked at the Cocoa Village Marina. A great place with all types of amenities - showers, laundry and walking distance to the village shops and restaurants. The temperature finally hit 80 degrees.
Staying 4 nights was going to be a luxury. Problem is….not an inexpensive place to dock. Many events were planned here starting with a pizza party Friday night. On Saturday Bob and Sis stopped by on their way to Boca. The town put on a craft fair just for Sis. Bob said he should have kept driving. The fair was amazing and covered several blocks and two main streets. Had a great lunch and Sis shopped all the tents that were there. Exhausted and all shopped out they continued on their way to Boca.
Saturday night it was time to watch some football and most of us gathered at a sports bar called Time Out. I needed Georgia to stay within 13 points of Alabama, they proved themselves worthy losing by only 7 points. Unfortunately the total score needed to exceed 63.5, Final Alabama 35 – Georgia 28, a total of 63, chalk up a loss for me.
Sunday another busy day. There is a small theatre in the village and they put on various plays through the year. We had signed up as a group to see “A Christmas Story”. It was choreographed into a musical and the payers were awesome with some great singing voices. All the key scenes were included from the classroom essay to having your tongue stuck to the flag pole. The Santa Claus in the department store was hilarious. All ending with the Red Ryder BB gun, “You will shoot your eye out”, dog stealing the turkey to the Chinese restaurant ending. After the play a local microbrewery had us over after hours for a pulled pork and brisket meal. Great beer and fun time.
Monday, seems like we have been here forever. Third day in a row starting with a nice hot shower, what luxury. Had to get back to getting the boat ready for the next leg of the trip. Fill up fuel and water tanks, get groceries and do laundry. There were other tasks to be done, some on my boat and some on others. I helped Wally (our leader) with new batteries and gave another group member a quick lesson on how to use a digital multi-meter. The Sea Ghost needed to have refrigerator coils insulated. With the warmer air and humidity increasing condensation was forming and dripping under the sink. Surprising how much water the air holds and now it was in the cabinet. Pain in the neck job in a tight space. All tasks accomplished (check on condensation tomorrow) it was time to go out for dinner. Marie had gone on a tour of Kennedy Space Center and was tired. She was not going anywhere. I joined the crew from SeaQuel (Stan & Kathy) and we went to a raw bar for some oysters and wings. Early night with storms approaching, hopefully they would be gone in the morning. On to Vero Beach.