Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Most of March at JD

Monday February 29- We have a leap day this year, an extra day to enjoy. We sure have enjoyed our stay here so far. We have really settled into a routine. We work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday followed by 4 days off. The days we work go really fast and the days off go fast too. We feel very lucky to be hosting at this park. All the volunteers and rangers are super friendly. The park has so much to offer and the campground is nice for big rigs. It has full hook ups and the sites are big and clean. The area surrounding the park has lots to do. There are lots of beaches, fishing, shopping, and lots of restaurants. We weren't sure about staying put for so long but the time is going fast. We are missing family so I'm sure we will be ready to go in April. Now some bad news. We had some one come look at our bedroon A.C. unit. We have had problems with it and they have tried to repair it but it never lasts. Well they told us this time that its going to have to be replaced. We decided to get it done at a later date. We will have it fixed before our next trip south.

Friday  March 4-We had a busy day planned. We made plans to go out on the Blue Heron for a morning of drift fishing. We needed to be there at 7:15 a.m. for a 8 a.m. departure. We had perfect weather today. It was sunny and warm. The seas were as calm as I've seen. The crew was extremely helpful and funny. It was a half day trip and the cost was $45. After we figured out how to drift fish we had lots of fun. It was completely different from the fishing we do at the keys. We both caught fish but Jeff brought one home. It was a bit tricky fishing. When you got a bite you would reel it in but your line was under your neighbors line so it was a confusing but it was fun and everyone on the boat was there to have fun....we did.

After fishing we came back home. We have a dinner to go to tonight. Its our snowbird life group at church. Norman and Diane outdid themselves again. Our meal was so good, so was the conversation.


Saturday March 5- Today we are going on a road trip. We are going with our neighbors Ron and Barb, also her brother Jim. First we went to Stuart for lunch at Duffy's. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather and the food.

Next we made our way to the Elliot Museum. This place had a little of everything. They had lots of cars, bikes, toys, baseball stuff you name it. It was not huge but plenty to see.

After the museum we took the scenic route home....Ron's known for that. This time as we were going by the water I spotted some dolphins so he pulled over so we could take a look.

Who doesn't like to watch dolphins....? no one! Went out for dinner at The Ale House and it was very good. It was a long day but a great one.

Sunday March 6- Today was a great day because it was church day. We got to be greeters. The worship and message was so good, we left feeling better than when we arrived. I checked my phone when I got out of church because I knew Ashton was playing hockey in Omaha. When I looked at my phone I see a picture of Ashton. We was voted player of the game. You could tell he was very proud. I called them and Seth said he played his best game yet. We are very proud of him.

Tuesday March 8- We had a funny thing happen to us today. As we were cleaning our sites we had a couple come up to talk to us. That's not so unusal but these folks come to meet us because they are going to be camp hosts with us back in Iowa at Pleasant Creek. They live in this area but have family in Iowa and spend there summers there. That was quite a surprise for sure. Thanks for stopping by Chuck and Wanda.

Saturday March 12- Well we were suppose to take the kayaks out yesterday but when we got them out Jeff's fish finder decided not to work. After messing with it he decided that its not fixable. He went and got a new one and replaced that. So today we thought we would get the kayaks wet. We haven't had many days in the water. We loaded them up and took them to the ramp here in the park. It was kind of windy but it's  pretty protected there. We headed down the Loxahatchee river toward the ocean. We didn't get very far before it started sprinkling. We headed back toward the boat ramp because we didn't want to be to far from the ramp if it started pouring. With the weather  we have had this year you never know. The fishing was horrible by the way.

Sunday March 13- It's that dreaded morning where you have sprung forward. I never can figure how an 1 hour switch can reek so much havoc. If you ask Jeff he will tell you he hates the time change.

The weather has turned to summer like. Its hot, humid and the wind has calmed way back. So cleaning this week was a bit more challenging because of the bugs. I wouldn't want to be here in the summer that's for sure.

Friday March 18- We decided to go out for breakfast at Harry and the Natives. People have been telling us how good it is. Our breakfast was really good and the service was fast and friendly. After eating we went to the Hobe Sound beach but the parking lot was full so we went to the Federal beach again. Jeff had wanted to fish but when we arrived he saw people with surf boards. That means too much surf for fishing. We stayed for awhile and enjoyed the view.

We left here and did some exploring, we are looking for kayak launches we can use. First we went to Burt Reynold Park, there we found a really nice launch. Next Jeff took me to another park he found the other day, Dubois Park. It was a nice park but really busy today. It has alot to offer, beaches, fishing pier and its located where you can watch the boats go out and come back, really pretty.

Finished off the day by me attending another volunteer potluck and Jeff going to the mens meeting at church.

Saturday March 19- We both decided to go for lunch and a movie. First lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, Jeff ordered the white chicken bean chili and I had a flatbread pizza. Both of us loved our choices. Now for the real reason we are here....cheesecake!!!!!! We did step out of the box and tried a new kind of cheesecake.....salted was pretty good but very sweet.

After dessert we went to the movie, Miracles From Heaven it was good too, it was sad but then happy. The day was a winner for sure.

Sunday March 20-It was a rainy day and after church I came home and made brunch. Our neighbors Ron and Barb came over and brought fresh strawberries, cake and ice cream. Oh yum it was really good. I think Belle finally warmed up to Ron. We also heard from Ashton that his drop in team in Waterloo took first in the tournament. He was really happy to bring home a trophy.

Monday March 21- It was a cool morning but got even cooler as the day went on.I walked up to the tower. Then we had the task of helping our neighbors load up. They are leaving the park today. This is there first trip with there new 5th wheel. We helped them get hooked up and waved as they left. Its going to be kinda quiet over there. It just won't be the same. We will miss them.

Happy trails Ron and Barb.