Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
CHEERS!!!! TO A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!!!!!!
Tonight we ate dinner at a local restaurant, Schrimpers.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Playing on kayaks in Hobie Sound
Tate welcoming the crew aboard "Island Hopper"
Tonight we ate dinner at Finz, a local restaurant on the water.(finzwaterfrontgrill.com)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Debbie boarding MV Island Hopper at Sailfish Marina
Eddie Daniel's Florida Houseboat
Tate "just chillin". He has been the Best Bird Dog!!!!!!
Kevin's Aqua OfficeWe got up this morning , had breakfast and then went for a walk. Out on the water we saw a school of of 8 - 10 manatees swimming in the Lake Worth inlet. "Island Hopper" left Sailfish Marina at 11:45 AM traveling 11 miles to Jonathan's Landing Marina Club, Jupiter, FL. (http://www.jonathanslanding.com/) The weather is sunny with less humidity in the low 80's and winds SW 5-10. It is a beautiful day to travel. Last night there were heavy rains and then again around 4:00 AM another round of storms appeared for a few hours. We have been very lucky with the weather for the past three weeks. The land Jupiter occupies was once named for the Native American Hobe tribe, who lived in a village at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River. Explorer Ponce de Leon sailed into the river in 1513 but the Hobes drove him off. A series of mapmaker errors over the centuries changed the name to "Jove" which an English mapmaker assumed was Latin for the Roman equivalent of Zeus. He anglicized the name to Jupiter and the name has lasted. Today, Jupiter is one of the few little towns in the region not fronted by an island. Beaches here are part of the mainland, and Route A1A runs for almost 4 miles along the beachfront dunes and beautiful estates. Northeast across the Jupiter inlet from Jupiter is the southern tip of Jupiter Island, including the planned community of the same name. Here expensive and expansive estates often retreat from the road behind the screens of vegetation, while at the north end of the island, turtles come to nest in a wildlife refuge. There are three species - green (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_turtle), loggerhead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggerhead_Sea_Turtle) , and leatherbacks(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherback_turtle) - which frequent the shores at night from May through August. To the west, on the mainland, is the little community of Hobe Sound. Burt Reynold's has called Jupiter home for much of his career. The town keeps this no secret. The Burt Reynold's Park (http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/burtreynolds.htm) is on an island to the east of the ICW. Just north of the park is the Burt Reynold's & Friends Museum. (http://burtreynoldsmuseum.org/) Here you can view autographed sports jerseys, the "Bandit" car, hats from "Mystery Alaska", and a belt buckle from Gene Autry. How can you go wrong???? We arrived at Jonathan's Landing Marina at 1:30 PM, just in time for lunch.
MV Island Hopper docked at Jonathan's Landing
Jonathan's Landing Restaurant and Clubhouse
Jonathan's Landing Pool
We're hoping we don't have to have drinks at the "New Members Lounge"
Tonight we had a wonderful meal at Jonathan's Landing Restaurant. A great way to end a fabulous day!!!!!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
The Breakers pool area
Debbie, Joan and Ian outside at The Breakers
Debbie, Joan and Ian in The Breakers beautiful lobby
The Breakers, built by Henry Flagler in 1896 and rebuilt by his descendants after a1925 fire, is a magnificent Italian Renaissance - style resort that helped launch Florida tourism with its gilded-age opulence, attracting influential, wealthy northerners. The hotel still owned by Flagler's heirs, is a must - stop even if you don't stay here. We walked through the 200 foot lobby, which has soaring arched ceilings painted by 75 Italian artisans and hung with crystal chandeliers, and the ornate Florentine Dining Room decorated with 15th-century Flemish tapestries. We then walked out back and walked along the sea wall. The cab driver told us that rooms start at $1,200.00 a night. We then took a cab back to Sailfish Marina. Tonight we ate dinner at the Sailfish restaurant.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Yachts Along the Way
We have 28 miles to go today. We are staying in the Las Olas Marina. The City of Ft. Lauderdale's Las Olas Marina is a state-of the art facility custom designed for mega yachts. It is a 60 slip marina with all the amenities, and a location next to Fort Lauderdale Beach, clubs, restaurants and BeachPlace.(www.fortlauderdal.gov/marina) Like many of its southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has been revitalizing for several years. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from worksday downtowns, FortLauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2 mile Las Olas corridor. Efforts have been made to upgrade both the beachfront and downtown. Matching the downtown's innovative art's district, cafes, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area with cafes and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new hotels gradually replacing faded icons of yesteryear. Joan and Debbie have already completed the shopping research and have made plans to go to the Las Olas Riverfront. This is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex. They also plan to do some window shopping (Well, that is what they told Kevin and Ian.) at Las Olas Boulevard, where the city's best boutiques plus top restaurants and art galleries line beautifully landscaped streets. Tonight we took a cab to Las Olas Boulevard and ate dinner at Indigo Restaurant at the Riverside Hotel.