"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

December 29, 2014

Dec. 28 - Ft. Pierce, FL

Harbortown Marina

"The sea is calling and I must go.”

We did an over nighter from Rockport Texas to Ft. Pierce Florida almost 1300 miles. We left Texas Pearl Friday morning and drove back to Port Lavaca, rented a car and then to went to our home and loaded up. Our plan was to drive part way on Friday, spend the night somewhere and then come to the boat on Saturday afternoon, but plans have a way of changing. We were ahead of a front moving across the country and wanted to stay ahead of the rain...so we just kept moving.

We arrived in Ft. Pierce just in time for a nice breakfast at Importico’s Bakery & Cafe and a quick look at the Ft. Pierce Farmers Market. We definitely would have spent more time and enjoyed the market more if we weren't so tired. We still had a lot of work to do at the boat before we could relax, so we unloaded the car and began the job of getting The Pearl ready for our trip south. I spent the rest of the day getting things stowed while Stan took care of a few things in the engine room.

Sunday was a little more relaxing, although we still had a lot of work to do. Today was cleaning day...inside, outside and underneath! We had a diver clean the bottom and the running gear. Now we’re ready to move on to the Keys! By lunch we were looking great and could actually sit back and watch the action in the marina. The birds, the people, the fish and the manatees were very entertaining. The Harbor Cove Bar and Grill is close to the boat and we were able to sit on our deck and listen to the music and watch the sunset. Life at the moment is good.

Views of the farmers market
Just one of the special booths at the farmers market 
Saturday night's sunset from our back deck 
Sunday evening's very while we listened to music
This is the reason we are going to Marathon for the winter!

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