Vero Beach FL - May, 2017
May 14 thru May 16
|This is a power pedestal on the floating dock nearby. These |
provide access to shore power and fresh
water when we are at the dock.
I completed the installation of the new lifeline stanchion this morning after buying a 10-24 tap, #25 tap drill bit, and a tap wrench yesterday. (Of course, I have all these things in our storage locker in Annapolis but I didn't think I would need them on this trip.) Fortunately, I found my portable battery-operated drill onboard or it would have been nearly impossible to drill & tap the stainless steel stanchion.
In the early afternoon, we went to the Indian River Mall to get a new battery for my watch--I got the new battery AND a new (Pulsar-brand) watch! The highlight of our day was getting our first Starbucks coffee in three months!
Yesterday afternoon I started putting together our daily travel plan for when we leave Vero Beach on Thursday morning (5/18). Most of the days are 50+ miles of ICW travel, taking advantage of the longer daylight hours in May, compared to our previous ICW travel in the fall and winter. As always, this plan is subject to change.
I used to hate Mondays. Now, Monday is just like any other day of the week. Today is Monday, May 15--the middle of the month and I feel the need to wrap things up here and get moving back toward the Chesapeake Bay for hurricane season. We'll be leaving Vero Beach on Thursday morning. Our trip back to the Chesapeake Bay will take us about a month.
|The north mooring field at Vero Beach City |
Marina on the morning of May 15.
We finished up the day by doing a little shopping, and went out for dinner at Blue Agave, a cute little Mexican restaurant in Vero Beach.
|This is a good overall view of the damage created on May 6 as we |
motored into 20 to 25-knot winds on the Little Bahama Bank.
|The damage to the teak toe rail was on the |
piece I just had replaced last summer.
At lunchtime I walked over to the Riverside Cafe and had a delicious steak sandwich! On the walk back I noticed the newly planted palm trees. They use diagonal bracing in all four directions to support the young tree while it establishes its root system.
|Newly planted palm trees with diagonal bracing to insure its roots |
gain a foothold before being blown over. The bracing
is like the palm tree's training wheels.
We'll have one more day here in Vero Beach and it will be spent getting ready to travel the ICW again. Stay tuned for our trip back to the Chesapeake Bay...