Rodger left to drive to Orlando to fly back to Colorado with Brad and Berto.
The day before, on our day trip to the Keys, Brian had gotten some replica pirate coins to add to our boat decorations.
We moved the boat closer to Miami Beach.
Wednesday, March 2
School in the morning, then everyone to the beach for the afternoon. Stopped at the Art Deco store for chicken and bananas.
At the beach, Brian found some coconuts that were thrown out from the sellers who sell them for the water inside. Caleb worked hard at getting the outer shell off to the nut meat inside.
Thursday, March 3
School in the morning.
Our icebox did not stay cold enough to keep ice cream, so we had to eat both cartons with the apple crisp. That was dinner that night.
Later that evening, a couple from another Beneteau, "Blackthorn" stopped by for a visit.
We have since discovered that we needed to leave on one of the batteries and our icebox problems are solved! This is a huge deal!! Now food stays cold and the frozen stuff stays frozen. No need to tear up the counter and get a new system.
Friday, March 4
Brian and I went on a morning date while the boys did school on the boat.
We saw a cool Jeep and took a couple pictures to show the guys.
We toured the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Then we walked on the beach and after that, found a little Cuban place and shared an authentic cuban sandwich.
We went back to the boat and picked up the boys to go to the beach.
Afterward, we picked up a Redbox movie to watch that evening. We chose The Intern. We were pleasantly surprised at what a good movie it was.
Saturday, March 5
The boys wanted to spend the day at the library, charging their electronics and catching up on things that need wifi.
Brian and I walked the beach all the way down to the channel, then back up through the city.
Sunday, March 6
We did water runs and laundry. That afternoon, Brian and the boys went to the beach, while I enjoyed some quiet time on the boat.
Monday, March 7
The weather for the week was going to be very windy, so we decided to move the boat back to Marine Stadium for better protection. We pulled anchor at 9:55am.
Once reanchored, Brian and I walked on a nature trail that goes in a horseshoe.
Tuesday, March 8
Brian and I went on an early morning kayak. I did great going with the currant, but coming back against the current and into the wind, about did me in. Brian took pity and gave me a tow with the Hobie kayak.
Later that afternoon, the family went walking on the nature trail.
Jacob rescued a huge piece of tow strap that was tangled in a tree. From it, he made two pouches and a cool pair of sandals.
Inspired by our lunch the other day, I made cuban bread.
Wednesday, March 9
School and walking on the trail.
Thursday, March 10
Even though the winds were still pretty strong, groceries were getting pretty low, so we pulled anchor and headed north to the 79th st bridge.
Brian rode the bike through the ghetto to get a propane tank refilled and do some exploring on the beach side.
Friday, March 11
The boys did school while Brian and I walked to a mexican supermarket to get a few things he had seen on sale the day before in his exploring.
Back at the boat we moved up river a short distance to anchor close to the Aldi. We took the dinghy up a canal and had our shortest walk yet to the store.
Back on board, I stored the groceries and we headed for a state park Brian had read about. Anchor down a t Oleta River State Park at 3:30pm.
Saturday, March 12
This is my Grandma's 88th Birthday.
We were anchored very close to a beach area. We spent the day on kayaks and at the beach. Caleb and Nathan had found an umbrella someone had thrown away. They fixed the broken spike and Brain and Nathan set it up for our use.
Sunday, March 13
Another day at the beach and going on the kayak trails.
That afternoon, the wind had picked up, so Caleb took the hobie out for a sail. He got overpowered and the kayak turtled. He was able to climb on top of it, after being unable to right it. A powerboat came along and rescued him and brought him back to our boat.
God truly spared him and we are so grateful!
The mast got damaged and the paddles lost, but Brian and Caleb were able to salvage and improve it by cutting down the mast and trimming the sail so it is more manageable.
That night, the college just across the way had a party and the music was the most horrid stuff imagineable. Loud and very crude, cursing, rated x language... Brian called both the campus police and the north miami police. Neither would do anything. Brian took to blowing the air horn to try and drown it out off and on through out the evening.
We were very disappointed that the police wold not take any action. To think they would condone the noise let alone the lyrics. It is no wonder the world is in such a sorry state with people putting that garbage in their minds. All I can say is come Lord Jesus and pray that You know Him as your personal Savior.
Monday, March 14
After no sleep, Brian could not get out of there soon enough in the morning.
We pulled anchor and went up the ICW to Lake Sylvia in Ft. Lauderdale.
Tuesday, March 15
The boys continue their school work each morning. Brian went exploring in the kayak.
That late afternoon, we all went to shore and picked up 7-11 pizza and ate it at the beach. Brian and I went to CVS and picked up cookies for dessert.
Wednesday, March 16
Brian did water runs in the kayak, going about a mile each way.
Later, he Caleb and I hand cranked the sewing machine to work on the hobie sail.
That evening, Brian and I went to town and had a progressive dinner. We started at Winn- Dixie with some chicken tenders. We had to take them back because they were so gross. We then shared a hamburger at Burger Fi, then a coffee shake at Shula Burger.
Thursday, March 17
St. Patricks Day!
Brian continued water runs. That afternoon, we all walked to the library. On the way back, we stopped at 7-11 for ice cream. Back on the boat, I made a late dinner.
Friday, March 18
Ready to move on. With an early start of 5:03, we eased our way out onto the ocean for a day of motor sailing to Lake Worth. We arrived about 2:30pm.
Cloudy sunrise on the ocean.
Luke and Jacob went to shore to pick up a couple movies from Redbox since we had a code for rent one, get one free.
They came back with The Martian and Inside Out. Both pretty good movies. The Martian had some language, but inspite of that ,was a good story.
Saturday, March 19
Luke and Jacob return the movies. We walk around on Peanut Island. Rainy off and on.
Sunday, March 20
Palm Sunday. Bible reading and another day on the Island.
Monday, March 21
Brian and I walk to town to have lunch and go to wal-mart. To get there we follow google maps and wind our way through a town called Riveria Beach. We later learn it is not the safest place to walk through, but that's alright. We made it with out any problems.
Once back in familiar territory,where the walmart and aldi are,(we were here before and walked the 4.5 miles each way) We head for what we thought was a chinese buffet. It wasn't, so we go a couple doors down to a mexican place.
3/4 of the way through my taco salad, I find a 1 inch piece of metal. I showed it to the waitress, and she apologized profusly and offered a new salad, but as I was almost done, I declined. When she brought the ticket, she offered a dessert on the house, so we shared a fried ice cream. On the ticket, she had lowered our bill to only $10. If we are back in the area again, I would go back to the restaurant.
After lunch we stopped at Aldi for a few things, then on to Walmart. Our eyes were bigger than our arms, even with a back pack, but we made it back to the shore. I called Luke and had him come with another kayak to take the stuff back to the boat, while Brian and I rode in the Hobie. The wind had picked up and it was a damp ride.
One of the purchases at WM was a wheel barrow tire. Ever since we were in the Solomons in the Chesapeake last summer, Brian has wanted to build a pair of tire sandals.
That evening he and Caleb cut out his and there was enough rubber left for them to make me a pair the next morning.
It was chilly, so Nathan put on his track suite. He is happy it finally fits right, he had to grow into it.
Building my sandals
We went to Peanut Island to try them out. That evening, Brian and I went to town to pick up some pop corn and Popye's Chicken as a surprise dinner for the boys.
Wednesday, March 23
The weather report showed it would be a good day with the right winds for going on the outside, so we decided to head on up to Ft. Pierce.
We got a late start, and unfortunately met with the tide coming in the channel as we were going out. That means we met with big waves, very close together slamming the bow.
Another mistake was not having the hatches and windows totally shut before leaving. Poor Nathan was on our bed doing his school work, when a wave dumped a load of salt water down the hatch right on him. Jacob and I quickly got him sent to the cock pit and set to work shutting everything and beginning to mop up what we could. Lesson learned!!
The winds were roughly doubled what was fore-casted, so Brian had his hand full, but I think he enjoyed it. Luke felt poorly, so spent most of the day laying down in the cock pit. Caleb and Jacob brought up pb&j fixings for lunch.
We arrived in Ft. Pierce a little before 7pm.We anchored near the FP North bridge.
Having already visited Ft. Pierce on the way down, we decided to continue on the next morning.
Thursday, March 24
We had the anchor up at 8:07 and made the next bridge opening.
We planned to stop in Vero Beach for fuel and water, but Brian decided we could wait a bit longer and we came on into Melbourne. We anchored on the SW side of the causeway.
Friday, March 25
Brian's 43rd Birthday!
Mom came and picked us up and we went to her house to do laundry at the park, while Brian and Mom ran an errand.
Brian wanted chinese for lunch,, so he did that. That evening we had birthday dinner at Mom's house.
Saturday, March 26
We all walked to Publix, then onto Mom's to hard boil eggs for Easter.
Mom's neighbor offered bikes for the boys to ride around the park. they have really enjoyed that!
Mom, Brian and I went to the thrift store to get Brian new swim trunks, then we picked up the kids and mom treated us to dinner at Steak and Shake.
Sunday, March 27
Mom picked us up early to get cleaned up at her house before church. After service, we went back to her place for lunch of ham, baked potatoes, stuffed eggs, and salad.
It was a quiet, restful day.
After she took us back tot he boat, we decided to move to the other side of the bridge and across the river to be better protected from the wind.
Monday, March 28
Being down to half a tank of water, we moved again up river to Eau Gallie, and got fuel and filled the tanks at Telemar Marina, then anchored in Dragon Point near the Eau Gallie Yacht Club.
Tuesday, March 29
Mom picked me up to go grocery shopping while the boys did school and Brian explored. That evening, Jacob and Caleb stayed overnight with mom.
Wednesday, March 30
We got permission to keep our dinghy tied up at the yacht club when we come to town. They are very friendly and have a beautiful facility.
Brian found a sail maker nearby, and wanted to get a quote on having a replacement sail made for the hobie. So Luke, Nathan, Brian and I set off with a back pack and pic nic lunch.
We walked to Gleason Park and ate our lunch. Back on the boat, Brian took a nap before going to pick up his new sail.
Mack at South Sails did a great job cutting a new sail from an old one.
Meanwhile, Mom brought Jacob and Caleb back and took Luke and Nathan for their turn to stay over.
After dinner, we went back to the park with Jacob and Caleb.
We enjoyed walking the path and looking at fish and turtles in the lake. They say there may be alligators in the lake, but we haven't seen one yet.
Thursday, March 31
We are at the library charging electronics and working on this update.
We love being able to spend extra time with Mom!
This evening we are planning to have a pic nic dinner at the park.