Thursday, April 7, 2016

Vero Beach - Empty moorings

Hoolie's beach. Note the way the mangroves send roots right into the sand to expand their area
It looks like the northward migration has started, Vero Beach had empty moorings, about a dozen in all. We called the office but they had no idea which ones were empty so we found #35 and we're secure for the night. The mooring cost is still only $15 plus tax, one of the least expensive mooring fields in Florida. It is well protected from all directions with easy access to shore on their dinghy dock.

Scenes along the way, an osprey nest by the ICW
One of the unique advantages of Vero Beach are the free buses. Once an hour they will stop at the marina for a trip into town where you can shop at a Publix or West Marine plus other stores. If you're quick about it, you can catch the return bus for a total time of one hour. We won't take advantage of the service this trip since we're headed for Titusville Marina, one of our favorites of all marinas along the ICW. We have a car waiting for us at $40 for the weekend.

I continue to be fascinated by the Live Oaks. The limbs extend an incredible distance horizontally
We learned of a Space X launch scheduled for 4:45 pm on Friday (tomorrow). By leaving at 7:00 am on Friday from Vero Beach Marina we should be in position to see the launch from the ICW, a prime viewing area. The only problem is that the bridge south of Titusville does not open between 3:30 and 5:00 pm which will delay our arrival at Titusville. We'll just anchor out by the bridge to see the launch.