Monday, May 19, 2008

Stuart, FL to Melbourne, FL

Monday, May 19, 2008 We left Stuart, FL around 8:40 AM heading to Melbourne, FL. The morning temperature was in the high 70's with another 90 degree day predicted. The skies are still hazy due to the fires in the Everglades. Yesterday the smell was worse, but it was still evident this morning. Winds are SW 10 -15. We will travel about 75 miles up the Intracoastal. Smooth water and beautiful views along the way. The winds shifted to the NW at 10. We will be staying the night at Melbourne Harbor in Melbourne, FL. There is the Melbourne Yacht Club, but its location is not as convenient to the attractions. The Melbourne Harbor is close to historic downtown Melbourne, and near the manatee sanctuary and just two blocks from a charming, old-fashioned main street with 20 restaurants and many shops. Melbourne Harbor is a "foodie" favorite, with old town eateries plus bakeries and delis. A Chart House restaurant is located at the Melbourne Harbor. This afternoon we walked into the historic downtown. There are manyquaint shops and restaurants. We ate dinner tonight at a small French restaurant called Continental Flambe. The food was outstanding.

Numerous Ocean Alexanders came to the marina after a rondevue in St. Agustine, FL.

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