Fort Lauderdale, Florida

by Susan on December 18, 2012

We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on the morning of July 3, went through our first ICW bridge,  and got a mooring ball at Las Olas Mooring Field.  Wow!  What a beautiful place.   The mooring field is situated just southwest of the Las Olas Bridge with a backdrop of luxurious multi-million dollar homes and their multi-million dollar yachts.  It is part of the Las Olas Marina which is on the northeast side of the bridge.

17th Street Causeway Bridge

Las Olas Mooring Field

Having lived here back in the late 70s, I have a friend of over 30 years that lives closeby in Boca Raton so we hooked up with her and her daughter that night for dinner on the beach.  I forgot how gorgeous the beaches are here.  Wide, long stretches of white sand with swaying palm trees along the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  Much nicer than the beaches in California.  We were also able to spend some time with our friends on Rhumb Line who were still in the boat yard here in Fort Lauderdale.

Beach in Fort Lauderdale Near Las Olas Boulevard

Waiting for Fireworks at Del Rey Beach

Molly, Susan and Pam

With the hurricane season upon us, our need to get to California to get started on another project, and our overall fatigue, we made the decision not to go to Brunswick, GA this year. We immediately started researching the marinas as well as reading the local rags to see what kind of dockage we could find for Calypso.  The marinas are very expensive, especially when high season returns, so we wanted to look at other options.  We finally found dockage behind a clean, well-maintained apartment complex on Isle of Venice, which is one of two isles (the other being Hendricks Isle) that allows live-aboards.  Though it did not provide any “marina” amenities, it provided a comfortable, clean, quiet and safe place to keep Calypso.

Our New Home

Our New Home

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

The only downside to being here is the heat and humidity during the summer months which is close to unbearable, especially when we have to ride our bicycles 2.3 miles each way to get our groceries every two or three days.  And, of course, potential hurricanes and the accompanying surge.  The surge was a worry since the complex here does not have floating docks.

Once settled, we made our plans to return to California where Michael had yet another major project waiting for him: to tear down and replace the retaining wall in his mother’s  back yard.

Yard Project

Yard Project

Making Progress

Done

Done

From California, Michael returned to Ft. Lauderdale to check on the boat and I flew to Charlottesville, VA to see my sister and her family where we were also able to enjoy the autumn colors at Shanendoah Valley Park, visit Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s House) and University of Virginia.  Michael joined me there within a week.

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Sis Michelle and Michael

Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

Monticello

Monticello

Michelle and Kyle

Monticello

University of Virginia Campus

University of Virginia Campus

University of Virginia Campus

University of Virginia Campus

From there we headed to my Mom’s in Maryland, staying there for six weeks, through Thanksgiving.  While there we also made a side trip to Annapolis and Washington, D.C.

Lunch at Annapolis Yacht Club with Friends from Marina del Rey, CA, Jack and Kerry

Washington D.C. - White House

Washington D.C. - The Capitol in the Distance

Washington D.C. - The Treasury Department

Washington D.C. - Lincoln Memorial

Washington D.C. - Washington Monument (from the Lincoln Memorial)

Washington D.C. - Jefferson Memorial

Rather than flying back to Fort Lauderdale, we decided to rent a car and take a road trip to visit a few long-time friends in North Carolina, Georgia and Sanford, Florida before returning to Ft. Lauderdale.  While in Georgia we also made a short stop in Savannah and Brunswick to check out the marina.

First stop, Waynesville, NC:

Me and My Friend of 40 Years, Cathy - I Haven't Seen Her in Over 25 Years!

Michael and Cathy

Me and Cathy

Visited Dave and Sylvia in Conyers, GA

Dave and Sylvia - Friends We Haven't Seen in Over 10 Years

Michael and Dave

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Brunswick Landing Marina in Brunswick, GA - A Good Hurricane Hole

Last stop Sanford, FL:

Susan and Pat Reunion

Haven't Seen my Friend in Over 38 Years

Frank, Pat and Michael

Sanford, FL

We had planned to spend some time seeing more of Ft. Lauderdale upon our return but Calypso had other things in store for us.  More on that in my next post.

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Darlene Raska May 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

The pictures and ongoing saga of visiting friends and family is a wonderful story which enfolds and envelopes as I read. Looking forward to the next post…Stay safe and enjoy!

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