3 May, 2015
The rest of Ft. Pierce arrival day was spent doing a few boat chores. Laundry, vacuuming, and the usual housekeeping stuff were all performed at a less than energetic pace. Suz and I were going to shut it down early, but some friends of Steve and Julia’s happened to be in the marina, so we all went over for sips and chats. For dinner, Steve provided the Mahi (fresh caught on the way over), and Suzanne did the cooking. The blackened fish (grilled), yellow rice and salad were just what the doctor ordered. Amazingly we stayed awake until 9 pm. After a good night’s sleep, we were ready to search for the post office to mail some clothes that Jan had left aboard during her visit to the Abacos. I am sure she did not miss the shoes. Bonus! The post office was in Mervis’ Cuban Café, reportedly the best Cuban food in town. Kind of a novel setting for a post office, the receipt actually said “U.S. Postal Service, Mervis Café”. The food and Cuban Coffee was good too. After eating, we explored town a bit, and stopped at PP Cobb’s General Store which started out as an outfitter and trading post in the early 1800’s, but now specializes in bottled craft beers. The farmers market opened at 1200, so by 1300 Suz had purchased a couple of beach dresses and some fresh produce. We had a quiet evening, and left for Vero Beach at 1145 on Thursday. After a couple hour run, we grabbed a mooring ball off Vero Beach City Marina. Over the next few days, we enjoyed biking around V.B. We had breakfast at the Seaside Grill, on the Atlantic side beach twice, and the awesome Ahi nachos (wontons and seaweed w/ wasabi) at the Riverside Grill on the I.C.W. While the girls took the free bus to do some grocery shopping at Publix, I did my wax on/wax off act, while Steve worked on his injured stern thruster. Friday night, Julia fed us fresh scallops and shrimp over a bed of pappardelle and cherry tomatoes flavored with pesto olive oil-Yeah Baby. Suz whipped up her famous cracked wheat rolls. One of Steve’s favorites. After 6 weeks travelling together and promises to have a movie and popcorn night, the night finally arrives. The viewing aboard “Alizann” featured “White Squall”, starring Jeff Bridges. One of our kid’s favorite movies when younger. After the show, we bade the Erbens a sad farewell after enjoying 6 weeks of comradery with our wonderful travelling companions. S & J are heading north as well, but at a quicker pace than the crew of “Alizann”.
Sunday morning, the 3rd, and we’re off to Cocoa Beach to anchor for the night.