Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Days 212 – 213     Cannonsport Marina,
North Palm Beach, FL MM 1017
Friday, March 25, 2011 – Saturday, March 26, 2011

 Directions at Sailfish Marina

 Coast Guard Maritime Museum

Gussie and Bailes at the entrance to the bunker

Tunnel leading down to the bunker

 Bunker communications

 Bunks at the bunker

Generator at Kennedy bunker


Flagler's private railcar #91

Passing the Palm Beach boat show

 Park entrance

Decorative street intersection

Friday was a quiet day with a walk to the beach and a late lunch at Johnny Longboats.   
On Saturday we took the water taxi to Peanut Island to visit the Maritime Museum and the Kennedy bunker. During the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, the bunker was built to protect the president from a possible nuclear attack while he was in residence in Palm Beach.  We walked around the island, took the water taxi back, had lunch at Sailfish, and took a cab to Whitehall. 
Whitehall is the mansion that Henry Flagler built for his third wife.  It has been beautifully restored and was amazing to tour.  We headed back to Sailfish for dinner – compliments of Mom who sent money to treat all of us.  Thanks, Mom!    
Total miles:  23      Total bridges:  8     Total locks:  0

Day 211    Delray Harbor Marina,
Delray Beach, FL  MM 1040
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Delray Harbor Club marina

One of the countless mansions along the waterway

 Six city blocks of tables for the big event

 One of the tables at Savor the Avenue

Elvis impersonator rocks!

The  4 of us walked to Duffy’s Sports Bar for lunch, but afterwards Bailes opted to go back to the boat.  The 3 of us took a cab downtown where we discovered “Savor the Avenue” food festival, a fund-raiser for several community projects.  It was a reservations-only dress-up event.  There are dozens of restaurants in the area, and each one had set up a row of tables on the street in front of their restaurant.  The effect was spectacular with blocks and blocks of beautiful table settings, dinnerware, wine glasses, flowers, and centerpieces.  We enjoyed cocktails at the bar at Cugini Grille, an upscale Italian restaurant that was taking part in the event.  Our Italian bartender Marcus was an interesting guy who had lived around the world and was fluent in 3 languages. 
But the atmosphere totally changed when we traveled off of the main street.  Around the corner at  Johnnie Brown’s, an outdoor café, was an Elvis impersonator.   What a hoot!  The place was rocking!  People were dancing and singing along.  It was great!  What a fun day!         
Total miles: 16       Total bridges: 7       Total locks:  0

Day 210    Sands Harbor Marina,
Pompano, FL  MM 1056
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bailes and Gussie at Pompano Beach

Our stop at Pompano Beach was requested by Bailes since this is where he spent one of his college Spring breaks.  However, without Bailes around, the place has become pretty quiet.  We had a late lunch at Briny’s Irish Pub and then settled in on the boat for the evening. 

 Total miles: 7        Total bridges: 5       Total locks:  0

Days 206 - 209    Las Olas Marina,
Fort Lauderdale, FL    MM 1063
Saturday, March 19, 2011 – Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Harbormaster's office at Las Olas marina

 Steven Spielburg's $200,000,000 yacht

 Downtowner Saloon where we ate lunch

 Helicopter on the top deck

 New River in Ft. Lauderdale

Shadows of Ft. Lauderdale's 100th anniversary

 Dinner at Coconuts

 Gussie and Bailes at Ft. Lauderdale beach

Ft. Lauderdale water taxi

 A short ride put us at Los Olas Marina in Ft. Lauderdale.  What a difference!  The docks are solid and well-constructed.  The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.  Along with Becky and Carlton, we enjoyed the Ft. Lauderdale beach that was crowded with Spring Breakers.  We also took a water taxi tour of the area where we saw the homes of the rich and famous. 
On Monday my sister and brother-in-law Gussie and Bailes (Cheryl and Jim Bailey) arrived!  They’re spending a few days with us as we travel up to Stuart where Bailes’ brother and sister-in-law Duane and Sharon Bailey have a condo.   Great to see them!  We had dinner at Coconuts with Gussie, Bailes, Becky, and Carlton.        
Total miles:  6      Total bridges:  4      Total locks:  0

Days 204 - 205      Dania Beach Marina,
Dania, FL     MM 1069
Thursday, March 17, 2011 – Friday, March 18, 2011

 Dania Beach pier

Dania Beach

 Docktail party at Dania Beach marina

Ken with Bob, his 170 lb Great Dane

 Dania Beach Marina is one of the worst maintained marinas that we have visited on the loop.  The docks consist of old, splintered plywood.  The pilings are crumbling, and the water is shallow.  We did enjoy the proximity to the beach, the dock parties, and great food with Seamoore (Becky and Carlton), Quest (Ricki and Carl), Moor $tuff (Barb and Skip), Savannah (Diane and Ken), and numerous other boaters.   Thanks to Ken for taking us to Ft. Lauderdale for supplies! 
Total miles:  7      Total bridges: 7       Total locks:  0

Days 201 - 203 Williams Island Marina,
Aventura, FL    MM 1076
Monday, March 14, 2011 – Wednesday, March 16, 2011

 Williams Island Marina

The grounds were first class

There were lots of fountains at the marina

Fountain at Williams Island

 Entrance to the restaurant and swimming pool

 Dingy ride around Williams Island

 One of the many yachts at Williams Island

 Shrimp cocktail with Carlton's special sauce

Looking over Williams Island Marina from a condo on the 21st floor

 We relaxed for 3 more days at Williams Island Marina.  For Brenda's birthday on March 16th, we had dinner at the Williams Island Café.   
Total miles:  0     Total bridges: 0        Total locks:  0

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