10.02.2017 85 °F
Started this day with a violent thunderstorm with tons of rain and wind around 4:30 am. Our tent ⛺️ held up well with just a couple of mystery drops inside. Had our morning coffee ☕️ ritual then off to rent a kayak for 4 hours. My back was not sure of renting one for four hours but it was the only way to rent it so here I go! The first part was interesting homes with tropical 🌴 themes and the rest or the river was wilderness. I have been told there are wild monkeys with even some baboons. To stretch my back I stopped and visited people along the way. Out of nowhere there was a group of dirty worn sailboats ⛵️ and a guy working on his companionway steps. After a visit with him Mary and I were invited to their rough tiki bar there for a wine party. Thinking about it but I'll probably never find the dirt road that leads to this out of the way place.
Beautiful old bridge over "Lost River" which I almost did get lost!
Getting into the wilderness part of the river.
Grouping of sailboats ⛵️ in this funky club.
After the paddle it was so nice to kick back On our beautiful camp site
If it wasn't for Shannon calling to wish John a Happy Birthday, I might have forgotten. John started the morning looking for the power chord and his reading glasses. It was chaotic...feeling like what's going on here, why are we always looking for lost items! Without any luck, we decided just to head for the beach. It is a beautiful day at the ocean, and was just as nice at the camp site when we got back later in the afternoon. And somewhere in between, John found the power cord and his glasses while tidying up the camp. Feeling pretty good, and Inspired by Shannon's audio of her newly acquired tin whistle playing, john went thru his book of Irish songs, playing to the whistling of the wind on the palm trees. In the mist of all this, our boat friends, Donna and Nick called to say they purchased a 381 beneteau from Norfolk, Va, and will be docking on our dock at Battery Park. What good news! To celebrate this special day,
we ate at a very good Mexican restaurant, Casa Tiquila restaurant, recommended by the locals. With a strolling marioche band there singing happy songs, this is turning out to be a good day for the birthday boy.
On the way back to camp, John notes there is a full moon, which means "all the animals, monkeys included" will be coming out tonight to join us.
John watching his favorite crows flying by
The Marioche band