While Misty is out of the water to have her transmission looked at, along with a long list of other things to check out, we were fortunate enough to be able to stay at Rob’s Cousin Mary Alice and her husband Fred’s condo in Jensen Beach on Hutchinson Island. We still had no clear picture of when we would be back in the water, and trying to find an Air BnB, VRBO or Home Away during peak season in Florida is next to impossible, so we were both relieved and grateful! Mary and Fred are both incredibly kind and thoughtful, and we’re lucky to have them in our lives!
Misty getting hauled at Harbortown Marina, Ft. Pierce, FL, home of Whiticar Marine
We were relieved to have some answers about Misty, and knowing we would learn more soon. We cannot say enough about Whiticar Marine, and Service Manager, Jeff Lyle. He was responsive, pro-active and professional…and just a really nice guy, as was everyone at the yard. We knew we were in good hands!
So, once again, we got ourselves to Enterprise to pick up a car. When we got settled and provisioned, we took a beautiful walk along the beach, hit the hot tub, relaxed with dinner on the balcony and crashed!
Island Dunes, Jensen Beach, Florida
It was lovely to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean below us. Being on the 7th floor, with spectacular views, you felt as though you were in a treehouse overlooking the ocean!
The views and beach at Island Dunes
Before we embarked on a day of errands and checking the boat (which we did with frequency for updates), a little breakfast on the terrace! Mary and Fred have a juicer, so we enjoyed fresh squeezed orange juice every morning…hey, as they say…when in Rome! We loved it so much, we purchased a juicer, and have used it frequently on the boat to enjoy Florida’s delicious oranges!
Nancy was really excited to visit Disney World while we were in the area, so we went back, hoping that the crowds would be smaller…and they were. We had a blast at The Magic Kingdom and Disney Studios. One note….Disney Studios no longer has a tie to MGM, and that changes the entire dynamic of the park. So, rather that yet MORE Star Wars shows (they’re promoting the new park extension opening later this year everywhere in the park) and Toy Story Land (which is adorable, but geared more for little kids), we hit the few things in the park we were interested in (Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Rollercoaster, The Muppet 3D movie, and a couple of Star Wars things), and headed back to Jensen Beach.
Disney, still decked out for Christmas!
Just for the heck of it, we hopped on Jungle Cruise at the start of our experience, and we ended up with the most hysterical tour guide…Courtlyn. She could seriously be a stand up comic, she was so funny, and completely engaged everyone on our “boat”. It set a great tone for the day!
Next up…Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and The Hall of Presidents
And no visit to Disney would be complete without a visit to “It’s a Small World”! Nancy has fond memories of this ride from the 1963 World’s Fair. She grew up on Long Island, and enjoyed numerous visits to the New York World’s Fair when it was in Flushing, Queens. Everyone else in the family hates it, but endure it for her sake! “It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, it’s a world of hopes and a world of fears, there’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all”. Pretty poignant at the moment!
It’s a Small World, after all!
It was a fun, wonderful day at the most magical place on earth! Good night Magic Kingdom!
Goodnight, Magic Kingdom, we had a great day!
The next morning, we got an early start to visit Disney Studios before the crowds got crazy. We immediately hit Tower of Terror, which terrified Nancy. She was so scared she inadvertently grabbed the knee of the strange guy next to her. At the end of the ride, she apologized, he laughed and asked “first time?”. She said “no”, and he laughed harder. Such a baby, but hey, she did it!
The detail of Disney never ceases to amaze…oh, and the calm before the crazy storm of this ride!
Middle right, Nancy burying her head into Rob, screaming her head off!
And then The Rock “N” Roller Coaster, where after the first few seconds of scary craziness (pictured above), Nancy laughed her head off…so much fun!
There is an amazing Farmer’s Market in Fort Pierce every Saturday. It’s set up in a park right on the ICW, adjacent to the municipal marina. Half of it is a wide variety of arts and crafts, and the half closer to the water is all FOOD! Fresh produce, fresh Florida juice stands, fresh apple cider donuts and incredible crabcakes from B-More Crabcakes. We loved it so much, we went twice!
Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market
When we were driving through Ft. Pierce, we noticed a street sign similar to the familiar “Deer Crossing” signs from back home, only this one said “Peacock Crossing”. We laughed, as it was pretty funny. But then guess what happened? A peacock crossed the road! Evidently, locals feed the peacocks in a town park, so they stick around.
We were thrilled that Nancy’s childhood friend Lynn Turner LaBarbara and her husband Ken were down in Stuart for a month, and met them for a delicious, fun dinner at Sailor’s Return on the water in Stuart.
Sunset dinner at Sailors Return with Lynn and Ken LaBarbera
Before we left this lovely spot, another walk on the beach.
Beautiful Jensen Beach
We loved our time in Jensen Beach! The good news is Misty is ready to be splashed and her port transmission is FINE! So….much ado about nothing, but we did have some other things taken care of, and we found a great service team for our future use. We spent our last night at Harbortown Marina in Fort Pierce, enjoying “docktails” with Lynn and Ken, who came over to meet Misty! Tomorrow we continue the journey south! We need to get to Key West by February 2, as our boys Justin and Bryan were coming for a week.
Goodnight, Fort Pierce…Key West, here we come!!