Space Coast!

We arrived in Mosquito Lagoon on Tuesday, an easy cruise from New Smyrna Beach. Finally a sunny day with temps in  shirt sleeve and shorts range. We were on the lookout for friends Ray & Peggy aboard S/V Moriah. Ray & Peggy are our pier neighbors from Stansbury, our “home” marina, and had departed a month before we did on their 1st trip down the ICW. We were excited to finally catch up with them and hear the tales of their trip. We found them hiding in a corner just off the ICW just north of Titusville. We joined them in the anchorage and enjoyed cocktails and catching up on stories and news since they left.  Yes, you can run, but you can’t hide!

We joined them in the anchorage for the night, then moved to mooring balls Wednesday morning in anticipation of a frontal passage that was predicted to be accompanied by gale force winds. It was a good move, winds were 30-35 much of the night, pretty bumpy for sleeping, but we were secure.  The three night stay gave us an opportunity to catch up on laundry, and we enjoyed a cruiser’s outing to Walmart via public transportation! Always a memorable experience!  There’s just nothing like schlepping a grocery cart’s worth of provisions on the bus and then the 1/2 mile hoof from the bus stop to the marina. Oh, and the trip is only partly complete then, we still need to transfer the cargo to the dinghy and do the trip back to the boat. Getting groceries is usually a half-day activity! Still, beats going in the car in sub-zero weather!!

We awoke early this morning to an alarm we set so we could witness the Space-X Falcon 9 launch. SpaceX is a private company that is involved in the space program now that NASA’s focus is on some social program that has no technological benefit- our progressive goobermint at work. I digress.  The launch had been scrubbed on prior occasions, but went off this morning. This launch is unmanned, it’s delivering cargo to the International Space Station, and returning cargo to earth. The launch was impressive, although not as impressive as the Space Shuttle launch we witnessed two years ago from very close to this location. Photos are lifted from the Space-X web site, it was early and the launch happens very quickly!

From here we’ll head to Cocoa for a few days anchored by the park, and from there we’ll travel to Vero Beach, with Ray & Peggy joining us for a time. We’re planning to finally get the kayaks in the water and enjoy some leisure time, I’ll also be intercepting a new alternator to complete the repairs on that. A highlight will be the Saturday beach market at Vero Beach, always a fun outing!

3 Responses to “Space Coast!”

  1. Jeffrey Siegel on 10 Jan 2015 at 11:27 AM #

    Hey – we’re at Cocoa Village Marina – email me when you’re there. We walk the dogs at the park along the dinghy dock most afternoons.


  2. maerin on 10 Jan 2015 at 11:44 AM #

    We’ll keep an eye out, we’ll be anchoring out later this afternoon and for sure will be in at the park! We’ll be there a couple days so we’re looking forward to a visit and meeting the new family member!


  3. Lisa on 29 Jan 2015 at 4:49 PM #

    Looks like you are finally having dome decent weather.
    It is snowing in Pa again today.
    Fine stuff.
    We were sledding this afternoon with Brody and Liz on the driveway
    Vera sleeping off her cold in the car, while we plated.
    Too damn cold here
    I cleaned out my office space moved in my new sewing machine,opened my loom up,
    Getting done to enjoying my home space now.
    Started a 15 week training period for a 150 Mike ride to Montauk scheduled May 16
    with Nelson.
    Muscle are a bit sore in my but and thighs today.
    Went swimming at the Y this morning thinking of the warm Caribbean blue water while I was doing my 15 laps of back stoke waiting for the frigate birds to fly over,haha
    Glad you are having some fun in the sun
    Love the picture of Barb napping in the sun with Molly
    Love you