Friday, December 26, 2014

South Florida For The Holidays

We are ending 2014 in South Florida near Jupiter with our friend Mary Lou.  This is our fourth Christmas we have spent here since going on the road in 2007.  Jupiter is a great area with a lot to do and many wonderful restaurants, all within a couple of miles from Mary Lou's condo.  We also get to use the pool and the Atlantic is just across the street.
Here we are with Mary Lou in an old fashion selfie getting ready to eat the wonderful meal she had waiting for us the first night we arrived.
Taking advantage of the pool is high on my to do list here.  This was the first day of winter, so I guess I am now an official member of the Polar Bear Club.  Really, the wonderful warm weather we have had here on every visit is why South Florida is our favorite winter destination.
One evening we went to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre to see a great production of Fiddler on the Roof. Mary Lou volunteers at the theater as an usher, so we had really good front and center seats.  The show was as good as any we have ever seen, even on Broadway.  
We are staying at Jonathon Dickinson State Park.  There are always neat birds around, another reason we like South Florida.
Eating at outdoor restaurants is another great thing about South Florida.  You never know what might go by on the water.  As I said, the weather here is a big reason we like it so much.  Sure won't be seeing anything like this in WashPA in December. 
Sunday evening we found something new to love about the area, the Jupiter Jazz Society has a weekly jam session at the Double Road Tavern.  There were many local musicians sitting in with the band that included bass player Keith Jones who has played with Santana and Blood Sweat and Tears.
Mary Lou and Nanc enjoying the music.
One of the musicians who was sitting in for the first time was a 13 year old sax player who was fantastic.  It is always a bonus to hear new young talent.  Here is a link to the Jupiter Jazz Society Facebook page if you are in the area and want to check it out.
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and day.  On the 24th we went to Portobello, a great Italian restaurant, with Mary Lou and her neighbors Jack and Mervat who also have a home near my brother in Pittsburgh, what a coincidence.  On Christmas day we went to the movies to see The Theory of Everything, a great movie, and had dinner at Mary Lou's.  She made our favorite, linguine with clam sauce.  A movie and that meal are now a new holiday tradition when we are here.  It all made for a great holiday. 

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