March 1-7, 2012... Stuart, FL

Drove through some beautiful country on our way up the ICW from Hobe Sound. Maybe the best things were the dolphins and the baby ibises. Got to the crossroads at the St. Lucie Inlet and headed west up the St. Lucie River to Stuart. Our destination - a mooring at the Sunset Bay Marina. Wow, it seemed to take forever, but finally we got there, tied up, registered, and head into Stuart's old town for some exploring. Didn't take long - it was very close by and tiny. A cutesy little place. Sunday was especially fun. We went to the Riverwalk for the free concert and found out it was Stoney and his friends - a blues band! They were good, so we danced. Love that!

One can get used to being here - some cruisers make this their winter home and the marina makes it easy. They have everything you need; even a twice weekly free shuttle bus to supermarkets, big box stores, hardware and boat stores, and the propane man (who we visited for our 6-month tank filling.). And the mooring field is nice - most mornings we had dolphins swimming through. And gorgeous sunsets in the evenings.

The weather had us socked in with high winds, so we took advantage of the marina courtesy bicycles and rode across the whole area, crossing the bridges to Hutchinson Island (the waves were HUGE out on the ocean) and back to Jensen Beach. Another cute town. Lunch at Crawdaddies provided us with an opportunity to pose with the human-sized crawfish. Then back across the Roosevelt Bridge to hot showers for achy muscles at the marina, and back to Anhinga.

Stuart: +27° 11' 45.42", -80° 15' 44.88"

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