Sunday, April 14, 2013

Port St Lucie - April 13-20

Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14
We arrived at the Sheraton PGA Vagation Resort around 1:00 and were able to check in early.  This is a very small resort with only 3 buildings with 12 units each.  It is very peaceful and beautiful.  We went to the pool and enjoyed the great weather.  It finally feels like Florida!!
We were greeted in our room by balloons for our anniversary coming up next Sunday.
Made our Publix stop and enjoyed appetizers and 2 vodka & tonics out on our lanai.

On Sunday we took a long walk and for the first time in ages there wasn't any wind.
 We saw the sunrise.
Went to the PGA driving range for some practice, checked out the PGA museum and then later back to the pool.

Monday, April 15
Trying to find something to do today, we decided to go up to Fort Pierce.  Unfortunately everything we were going to do was closed.  I guess I knew some of the things were closed like the Manatee Center, but I was totally surprised to find that the Visitor Center next door was also closed.  Guess I was so annoyed I didn't bother to take any pictures.  We were able to find the AAA office and get some maps since for the second big driving trip this year, we still forgot to put our maps in the car.  While we were there I found a fanny pack that I can use for our trip to Europe so I got that.

We crossed the bridge to A1A and went North on Hutchinson Island up to Vero Beach.  There was nothing there other than places to live.  If you ran out of milk and didn't live close to one of the bridges along the 23 miles of road, it was a long ride to the nearest Publix.

After we came back and I was sitting out on the lanai, I got a text from Laura and the rest of the night was spent in front of the TV.
Tuesday, April 16 
Today I planned a little bit better for an activity for us.  We went to the Oxbow Eco-Center for a hike.
45 minutes into the hike Larry was raising the white flag (handkerchief) because of the heat
It was here that we stopped to for a picture when we thought we were almost at the end of the trail
It was after we saw this tortoise and reached a dead end that we realized we took the wrong route and had to turn around and go another 1/2 mile
Who said M&Ms melt in your mouth not in your hands??  Guess that was a long time ago.
In the afternoon we had a tee time at the Ryder Courseat PGA Village Golf Club.  We were put with a single guy so when I left after playing the front 9 Larry had someone to continue with for the back 9.
I didn't putt out this hole so I wouln't hold up everyone when I stopped to take pictures of all these tadpoles in the water.
Wednesday, April 17
Michael came to visit today.  We caught up on any gossip of the past year and then took a walk to lunch at Sam Snead's around the corner
 and then over to the PGA center and around the property.
A trip to Publix so we could buy some food for dinner before we came back to relax again and enjoy spending time together.

Thursday, April 18
Today we went to Jensen Beach and rode North on A1A almost to Fort Pierce, which is where there also was only housing along that 16 mile stretch of Hutchinson Island other than near the bridges.  We stopped at some of the beaches and walked on Walton Rocks Beach which is the only dog friendly beach along Hutchinson Island.
 We didn't see that many dogs, but we did see a lot of shells.  I brought a plastic bag with me just in case for collecting.
 Pretty beach

These are the shells I collected, after they were cleaned.
 On our way back we stopped for lunch at Shuckers.  Since Laura comes down to visit her Dad in Stuart every year she knew all the good spots and recommended this one to us.  We loved it.
 It's right on the sandy beach of the Atlantic Ocean and we had a front row seat.

 We had fish tacos and that came with rice and ice tea.  I was full after the first one but managed to eat two and brought the third back for a snack later on.
 This is the view from across the Intercoastal on our way back to Port Saint Lucie

Friday, April 19
I could have spent the whole day in front of the television today with what went on in Boston overnight but fortunately we had plans to meet Anna and Ed at their place in Jupiter at 11:00.  It was only 40 minutes from here since we could take 95 the whole way.  Usually it takes a long time to get around here because of the slow roads.
I loved their place.  It is so open and airy and bright with views of the intercoastal.
We walked around the property where they live and went back to hang out until we were ready to go to lunch.  Anna had in mind the same place Laura said we should go to, Guanabanas.  It's like going to a jungle.

After we ate, Anna and Ed took us around for a tour and we walked along the beautiful walking trail that goes along the Jupiter Yacht Club and we went to the beach.
 Look out for low flying pelicans!!
Once back at our place, on went the TV and I was glued to it, and on the phone with Laura until the 2nd suspect was caught.  Glad that's over, unfortunately not for all those and their families who were injured or died at the hands of the terrorists.

Saturday, April 20
 This morning we went to the Stuart Flea Market which is held every Saturday and Sunday.  Was it just because there isn't anything I want or need that I didn't get anything or was there just so much nothing?  If the junk was in the back, what was it called that was in the front??
 I posted on Facebook that it felt like 100 in the sun.  I wasn't that far off when it was 90 on our drive back.
When we came back from Jupiter yesterday we noticed a shopping center close to where we're staying just off of 95.  It's part of the town of Tradition in Port Saint Lucie.  In our way back from the Flea Market we drove around, checked out the stores which are just like the ones we have at Holt Rd except a Michael's instead of a Jo-Ann's.  Then we went to Publix that was designed to just blend in with the surroundings and looked so nice.

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