Ft. Lauderdale day 5

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 It was another sunny, but blustery day. With a cold front moving through the area today bringing some rain, the winds are expected to get worse before it gets better. We decided to take the short 4 block walk to Publix grocery store across the river and get a few items that we needed to finish out the trip. Hopefully, this will be the last time we have to go shopping. Since it was so convenient, we figured it was easier to do it now than try to do it at some other location less accessible. This beautiful catamaran came down the river. One boat is more awesome than the next.

 
 
We washed the boat later in the afternoon. It was filthy from all the debris that had been blowing around with the wind. Once it was washed, we put the cover on the cockpit to keep it dry from the rain that was approaching.

 
 
Around 3:00 a dark cloud passed over us and brought a rain shower. It rained hard, but not for very long. Then the sun came out and it was warm and muggy. We decided to treat ourselves to dinner out tonight at the Briny Irish Pub.

 
 
This little visitor came by our table to beg for food. He wasn’t shy at all.

 
 
We walked back to the boat and I picked up Auggie to take him for his walk. We met lots of other dogs and Auggie was happy to meet them all. This will be our last night in Ft. Lauderdale. We have had a good time here even though the winds have frayed our nerves at times. One thing about the New River. Boat traffic is definitely heavier on the weekends causing a lot more rolling and bouncing while docked at the wall there. But…..there’s never a dull moment and it kept us entertained. There was always something to see. The weekday boat traffic is considerably less and therefore, makes for a calmer daytime experience. At night, it’s not an issue so much. It calms down once everyone puts their boats and themselves to bed for the night. The winds die down as well. I love Ft. Lauderdale. It truly is the “yachting capital of the world”. It you love boats, this is the place to be! We’ll be heading back on a slow path north tomorrow morning.

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