Stuart, FL Day 2

We woke to another beautiful morning. Maybe our luck was changing after all. We did our usual morning routine and Auggie got his walk. We did some research on where our next stop would be and decided that we like this campground so much that we want to spend a couple more days here. This Corps of Engineers campground has 9 RV sites and 3 tent sites along the Okeechobee Waterway at the west end of the St. Lucie Lock. All the sites are on the reservation system and our #7 site was reserved for the weekend along with all the others, except for site #4 which was a walkup site. We could move there for 3 nights starting tonight so that’s just what we did. It had a better view of the river and was more open to the cooling breeze. Staying a few more days will allow us to go into Stuart and check out more of the area that we’ve only seen by water.

After lunch, Bob and I took a walk to check out the lock up close. The water level in Lake Okeechobee is higher than it has been for the past 3 years, so even though the spillway was only open 1/2 ft., there was a lot of water running over it.

The view down the river was void of boats most of the morning.

By the time the afternoon ended, 13 boats had passed through the locks.

We walked down to the Visitor Center, but it was closed, so we took our chairs and sat on the bank of the river enjoying the day. It was a warm 85 degrees, but the afternoon breeze kicked in and kept things comfortable. We watched the mullet jumping in the river and made a game out of counting how many times one mullet could jump. The record was 7 by one fish. What a relaxing way to spend a gorgeous day! We had dinner and as the sun was setting we took our evening walk with Auggie.

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