13.02.2017 80 °F
Another beautiful day! After eating at the fabulous Mikita Chinese buffet, we headed for the beaches at Hutchinson Island. The ocean was roaring today. We took a stroll along the water's edge...miles and miles of Sandy smooth beach, perfect massage for the feet.
Back at camp, John started to play his penny whistle to the serenity of the afternoon. A man on his bike stopped by to talk. Frank plays small pipes, large highland pipes, and aborigines pipes. As it turned out, Frank was the mystery guy playing the bagpipes who John heard the day before. And he was playing across the river so as not to disturb anyone. He wanted to bring his instruments over and play along with John. So for the next 3 hours, Frank and his wife Carol from Long Island, NY visited. The men played many Irish and Scottish tunes. I was amazed how Carol knew so many Irish songs. She said growing up every Sun. her family would gather to sing Irish music. When Frank played solo to Waltzing Matilda and America the Beautiful, the sound of his bagpipes filled the park. Everyone nearby burst out in applause. It was awesome!
We forgot dinner, and just as well since we ate enough at lunch for the entire day. It was a good evening and I am thinking about how music bring people together.
Boat going into locks
Wide flat beach whith hard wet sand and big waves coming up
perfect for beach walking!
What a great time we had with Frank playing some Irish tunes
at the campsite with his small pipes.
Frank with his big Highland pipes belting out some Scottish tunes.
I was woken up to Mary getting rid of her new air mattress we got yesterday so much for that idea but still a beautiful foggy morning. Had coffee and sweetbreads with some boaters and campers at the pavilion. Its always so special to connect with fellow travelers and share experiences. Here, we all look after each other with plenty of encouragement.
After coffee we finally took our walk on the locks to the other side of the river where there are nature trails. For two days we tried; one day they were painting and another day boats were going through the locks which closes the walkway.
We lunched at a gas station serving a Lebanese buffet which was highly recommended by locals. This is a very odd place but has lots of good healthy food , "Diet Headquarter" as is advertised. It is part of Planet Ozone, which boast natural foods with the environment. If you love vegetables, you'd be in heaven. In the past my friends used to cut me up for eating at gas stations on ski trips, guess I'm still at it.
Mary: Our last day in Stuart. We wanted to make sure we visit Shindig one more time, and afterwards venture next door to Pho Deli, where the Beef noodle soup is so good, and John who is very picky with his chicken, loved the grilled chicken sub (Vietnamese style). We would have stopped at Planet Fitness to work off all the foods we ate today, but it was closed. Coming back, Frank and Carol had a roaring campfire. We said our goodbyes for we are moving on to Blue Springs State Park in the morning.
Walking across the locks before any boats come.
No more dam pictures!
Our beautiful camp site on the river.
At the gas station for brunch.
Huge selection of Lebanese food.
"Please no eating in the can goods section"
Listening to the band in dire need of me at Shindig Irish Pub😖
Delicious and healthy dinner at Pho Deli