With all the time it didn't take to clear customs we had enough time to motor up to Vero Beach. As we approached Vero we could see an impressive lightning show in the dark ominous clouds ahead of us. The radar showed them to be about 2 miles ahead. Luckily, we only saw a few drops of rain before we picked up our mooring in the Vero Municipal Marina mooring field. Melbourne airport (about 30 miles north) reported a record 1.8 inches of rain and 53 mph gusts in the squalls that just missed us.
|The view from our mooring in Vero. Nice view, good laundry & showeres -|
easy access to town on the free shuttle. Delicious breakfast at TooJays
Deli - maybe the best deli south of NYC.
|Here I am posing with some of the original|
people of the City of Cocoa.
|I loved the redneck wineglasses but not enough to buy one|
in Cocoa Beach.
We had heard that the City of Cocoa was worth a visit so we headed there - 8 hours away. It was worth the visit. We landed at a lovely waterfront park and after a very short walking tour had a wonderful breakfast at Ossarios.
|Ossario's threat to inattentive parents.|
Great breakfast - pastries to die for.
We decided to do a shorter hop north to Titusville to give us time to do an oil and oil filter change. The fan belt is problematic since it can't be aligned perfectly so we find ourselves doing adjustments on it every couple of days. Our engine maintenance chores went smoothly.
We are trying to push north as fast as we can but after our 7+ hour motor with nice currents pushing us up to 8 knots we decided to take a lay day in St. Augustine. We did a tour today at Flagler College, formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel.
The setting that the Flagler students have is unbelievable. Their college was built as a luxury hotel for the wealthy elite of the East Coast back in the late 1800's. In its heyday you had to have a written invitation from Mr. Flagler to be allowed to pay him the minimum 3 month stay in the hotel. If you did not have the proper social standing you had to look elsewhere.
|Our guide at Flagler College. Her dining room|
is nothing like any other college I have seen -
Tiffany windows, tiffany chairs, and
elaborately painted ceilings.
|A detail of the dome at the entrance to Flagler.|
This woman is supposed to represent
adventure. Do you see any resemblance
|St. Augustine Lighthouse ca 1874|