27 February 2019 | Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart Fl
Sally | Spring is definitely on its way
I can’t believe its been a month since I updated the blog. This month flew by. We remain in Stuart for the moment with hopes of escaping early March. The Marina continues to entice us to stay with movies (complete with pizza), pot lucks, mimosa brunches and lots of folks to kibbitz with about all things boating. We attended the Stuart art festival. It was a wonderful festival which included music and culinary arts along with the mixed media visual arts.
On Valentines Day we walked to a new Chinese place with Kevin and Jan (Aria III) and had a great meal. No chocolate or flowers but a very good meal. We’ve shared a couple of pizza’s with them and played a endless game of UNO. Great fun people we so enjoy their company.
The marina was on a bend of showing us the movies nominated for Academy Awards. We made it to Bohemian Rhapsody but alas none of the others. They don’t start until after dark and we prefer to be back to the boat before then most nights.
We’ve walked the river walk into town several times. Appetizer happy hours are always fun. And we have continued our routine of walking in on Sunday’s for the farmers market and breakfast at the bagel shop and to get the Sunday paper.
The freecycle table in the laundry has provided us with many great finds. Among these finds was a set of marine grade speakers which Scott installed in the cockpit. The ones that were there when we bought the boat had never worked. These fit perfectly in the opening and voila we now have music up top!
This past weekend the family events that kept us in Stuart came to pass. We closed up the boat and headed to Orlando on Friday to visit with Jessica and her family at the house they had rented near the theme parks. It was an awesome visit. They had planned a down day while we were there. We spent it by the community pool which had a small water park that the kids enjoyed while the adults relaxed and chatted. They had rented the house with one of Jessica’s friends that she has know since pre-school and her family. Ann Marie and Bob have 3 children (2 boys and a girl). The house had 5 bedrooms with ensuites for each. It was nicely appointed with a pool of its own and an amazing game room. After a great meal it was all too soon to be on our way. We spent the night in a hotel by the airport which turned out to be excellent. We were worried about noise from the planes but it turned out to be a non-issue.
Early Saturday morning we headed to Gainesville to attend the wedding of Scott’s cousin Audrey. She and her fiancée (now husband) Kevin are stationed in Japan and are both serving in the Navy.
The wedding was held at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. What a gorgeous venue! They had set up for the ceremony near the gazebo located amid the gardens. The weather was hot and cloudy but Mother Nature was cooperative and no rain dampened the day. The bride was radiant, the groom handsome and the ceremony sweet. Between the ceremony and the reception guests were encouraged to roam the gardens on a scavenger hunt to find features among the various themed gardens. The gardens encompass 62 acres of land and the gardens range from Hummingbird and Butterfly habitats to herb and bamboo gardens populated with indigenous species of North Florida.
They fed us well too a marvelous wedding breakfast/brunch full of Southern Hospitality with waffles topped with a myriad of delicious fruits, nuts along with bacon and eggs and of course grits, biscuits and country gravy. No one left hungry.
Afterward we checked into our hotel and got out of our wedding attire.The captain had to put on long pants for the event and I was in a dress. Gracious that was the most painful part of the whole trip.
Mark (the bride’s father and Scott’s cousin) had invited us back to his home to relax and chat and catch up. We had a chance to reconnect with folks we hadn’t seen in a while. And the whole thing came off with no major blow outs at least ones that we knew about LOL.
We returned to the Marina Sunday afternoon but couldn’t find a parking spot. What is one to do but retreat to a local restaurant and have a late lunch. The lot was still rather full on our return but we managed to find a place just as the valet was pulling a car out.
Now back and settled we have to decide if and when we will pull out of here and do some traveling. Before that can happen we need to schedule to have the bottom cleaned and to put the car back in storage.
The picture was taken just as Audrey and Kevin were about to seal the deal.