Hobe Sound, Florida, with sadness we say goodbye…..

Life on the Intracoastal Waterway
Life on the Intracoastal Waterway

It was with sadness and immense anticipation we said farewell to Hobe Sound, Florida. We left there this past Sunday and drove to a new location – Lake Louisa State Park located in Clermont, Florida. We have never been to this state park and we look forward to our stay here and the opportunity to explore this area. Hopefully, I will have a few things to say about Lake Louisa State Park to include a few photos.

It felt great to be back on the road again!

We spent the last two months in Hobe Sound and truly enjoyed this unincorporated little town, which lies between Jupiter to the south and Stuart to the north. We have family that lives in Hobe Sound and we will sadly miss them until our next visit. Their hospitality was something we will treasure always – everything from dinners and happy hours to boat rides and long conversations while enjoying the setting sun – it was wonderful!

We had some great adventures these past two months. We explored Jonathan State Park, walked along the beaches in the area, went for boat rides along the Intracoastal Waterway, kayaked the Loxahatchee River, shopped in some quirky little shops, ate some delicious seafood in the many local restaurants and some days simply just relaxed in the sun and mild temperatures!

Besides Howard catching the Flu, Koudy going to the vet with a hurt paw, Skye going to the groomer and getting her back legs “shaved” (boy was I upset) – it was a perfect two months!!

A few photos:

Expression of a Sunset
Expression of a Sunset
A Beautiful Evening Reflection
A Beautiful Evening Reflection
Reflection of a Hunter
Reflection of a Hunter
Reflection on the Seashore
Reflection on the Seashore
Reflections on a Pond
Reflections on a Pond
Reflections on a River
Reflections on a River

Reflections of a visit with memories to share,

Until next time life is to be enjoyed and lived with flair

Trust me when I say,

Future plans will be made with care,

To visit those again that live by the bay

Florida Scrub-Jay…..

Florida Scrub-Jay
Eating a cached acorn

Florida Scrub Jay, endemic to the state of Florida. This beautiful Jay is listed on both the federal and state threatened species lists with 4,000 breeding pairs estimated to be left in the state of Florida. Note the bands on the legs.

These Jays are omnivorous – they eat acorns, seeds, peanuts, insects, tree frogs, turtles, snakes, lizards and mice.

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Back view
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Beautiful Florida Scrub-Jay

Here is a photo I took this summer of “my” Western Scrub-Jay.

In my yard all spring and summer!
In my yard all spring and summer!

An unincorporated town, an inlet and a beautiful bay…..

A fun place to walk around, eat lunch and take photos! Port Salerno, Florida!

Port Salerno, Florida is an unincorporated town located in Martin County, Florida. Presently, it is a functioning fishing village with lots of activity – boats coming in to port with their catch-of-the-day and going back out with hopes of more and tourists looking for a fun time and some good food.

A Little History of Port Salerno….In the 1920s a small settlement was created on the southern shores of the St. Lucie River Inlet.  It was named “Salerno” because the main settlers were emigrants from the Italian city of Salerno.

The area increased in population and importance after World War II, with many snowbirds from the northeast moving south to live in warm Florida. In 1960 the name was changed to Port Salerno, in order to differentiate it from that of the Italian city of Salerno.

The St Lucie River Inlet is a very dynamic and ever-changing entrance to what some people call the “crossroads of the Intracoastal Waterway.” Just inside the inlet, the Indian River, Saint Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway and the Intracoastal Waterway meet.

Manatee Pocket is a gorgeous bay about a mile from the main Intracoastal Waterway channel located within the St Lucie River Inlet. The bay is easily accessible for boats, which makes it a very popular stopping off point.

The Manatee Pocket bay area within Port Salerno hosts several marinas, fabulous restaurants and an array of other businesses such as galleries, resorts and even ship builders.

We love going to Manatee Pocket either by car or boat. Howard’s brother has a boat and we are sometimes lucky enough to be treated to a ride and lunch! It is always fun to dock the boat at a restaurant, hop off and eat lunch.

I can spend a lot of time in this area watching the boats and the birds. The ambiance of this unique area is funky, playful, intriguing, and serious all rolled into one.

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To Those We Hold Dear…..

To let those we hold dear know how special they are,

We send our love with oodles of cheer.

 

All of you mean more to us then we sometimes show,

With joy and serenity our hearts are aglow.

 

Our wish is for you to have a glorious and jovial season,

This meaningful note is sent for no other reason.

 

During this New Year you will achieve,

Your passions, hopes and imaginings with gleeful spirit we believe.

 

To those we hold dear,

We Love You!

Merry Christmas

Coral Cove and Jupiter Inlet…..

December 21, 2012

Coral Cove and Jupiter Inlet are two of my favorite beach outings. Coral Cove’s 14 acres of breathtaking beach are located on Jupiter Island. Coral Cove offers some of the best examples of natural limestone formations in Florida. This beach is fun to photograph with the waves crashing over and though the limestone rocks. The shore birds seem to love this area as well.

Jupiter Inlet is a beautiful waterway leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. The Inlet offers fishing, boating, picnicking and is a great spot for watching and photographing the birds.

Bird sighting on this day:

Sanderling can be seen chasing receding waves on ocean beaches, and running away from them when they return. They breed in the high Arctic and winter along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from Canada to Argentina. They are fun to observe and photograph.

Sanderling scouting out a snack
Sanderling scouting out a snack
Caught in the surf
Caught in the surf
I'am running as fast as I can
I’am running as fast as I can
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Resting

Ruddy Turnstones are stocky, brightly patterned shorebirds (non-breeding, not so much) that can be seen actively pecking, probing, and flipping over stones and other objects along rocky shores – as their name suggests they breed on rocky arctic coasts and tundra.

Follow Me
Follow Me
The Gathering
The Gathering
“I feel so alone”
Ruddy Turnstone
Coral Cove's natural limestone
Coral Cove’s natural limestone

Other images of Coral Cove

Beautiful day for sailing
Beautiful day for sailing
Howard having fun!
Howard having fun!
Having fun as well!
Having fun as well!
Taken last January at Jupiter Inlet
Taken last January at Jupiter Inlet

Jonathan Dickinson State Park …..

December 21, 2012

Jonathan Dickinson State Park(JDSP) established in 1950 covers over 11,500 acres of beautiful habitat, which includes sand pine scrub, pine flat woods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated wild and scenic river runs through the park.

An interesting bit of history about JDSP is that during WWII the army established a top secret radar training school called Camp Murphy that was located on current park property. Land had been quickly and summarily purchased or condemned and taken from landowners in order to conduct this training. (I guess once taken it is never given back.)

More than 1,000 buildings quickly sprang up and more than 6,000 personnel were stationed at the camp, which had its own power plants, sewer system, church and theater. Camp Murphy was shut down after only two years of operation.

I now realize why there are so many old paved and unused roads throughout the park. They were built when the Army built Camp Murphy and are used today as biking, hiking and walking paths.

Everyday, we have the pleasure of experiencing the varied terrain that these park trails have to offer. In years past we have seen river otter, snakes, alligators, rabbits and numerous species of birds including the Florida Scrub Jay. We have heard, but have not seen coyotes and find evidence of wild pigs also never seen in the park, but have seen them along the highway.

Hopefully, through these photos you will get a feel for this unique and beautiful park.

Howard and Kloud walking along a Camp Murphy road
Skye enjoying a leisurely walk along a bike path.
Skye enjoying a leisurely walk along a bike path
One of our Evening Walking Paths.
One of our Evening Walking Paths
Through the Trees
Tall Pines and a Little Pond
Fall colors can still be seen
Fall colors can still be seen
It has been rainy and with rain you get pretty muchrooms
It has been rainy and with rain you get pretty muchrooms
Loggerhead Shrike – an evening hunter
Northern Mockingbird - an easy photo subject
Northern Mockingbird – an easy photo subject
Everyday we are treated to some of the most beautiful sunsets as we walk along a path
Everyday we are treated to some of the most beautiful sunsets as we walk along a path

Little Hearts Beating…..

December 15, 2012

I woke up this morning with these words in my head, which hardly ever happens.

Little hearts beating to the rhythm of their joy,

Little hearts beating in these girls and boys.

 

Their souls so innocent, love, laugh, learn and play,

On this day these are their tasks.

 

In walks a monster he is also young,

His heart beats with hate, he wears a mask.

It only takes seconds joyful lives taken,

It only takes seconds little hearts fall silent.

 

We all ask why, no one has an answer,

It makes no sense to a rational mind.

 

On this day and for a long time to come,

Our hearts beat with sadness.

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home