Monday, January 5, 2015

Ending 014 in South Florida

We ended 2014 in Jupiter with another great week with our friend Mary Lou, visiting with friends and even a short visit with family.  We had one of those on the road happenings when, while we were on our morning walk in the park, we were stopped by Jeff, a reader of our blog who recognized us. He and his wife Dawn have been fulltiming for two years and loving it.  We always say meeting people is one of the great things about our lifestyle. 
I have been saying lately that we carry our bikes to prove the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Well, not any more, we got them out and did a couple of 10+ mile rides.  Not too bad, since it has been a long long time since we rode.  I don't believe in making resolutions but we do plan to do more riding in 2015.
We got a call from my brother Rick that he and Denise would be returning to Port Everglades from a Christmas cruise.  That was only fifty miles from Jupiter so we got together for breakfast and had a chance to catch up on all our travels before taking them to the airport for their trip north.  Another neat thing about traveling.
After we dropped them at the airport we spent some time checking out Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach.  Both are neat areas that may figure in our future plans.
Why I love Florida! The last week in December, it's 80 degrees and I got to swim in the Atlantic.  It really does not get much better than that.
On Sunday it was back to the Double Roads Tavern for another Jupiter Jazz Society jam session.  The jam began with Bossa Jazz featuring Keith Jones, on bass and Emilio Valenzuela on drums.  Then stepping in to play the keyboard was Jon Weber who took over for Marian McPartland as the host of NPR's Piano Jazz.  FANTASTIC!!!  There were also several local musicians who sat in and some wonderful vocalists.  What a treat!!!
We met Mary Lou's neighbors Jim and Nancy (yes another Jim and Nancy) on our last visit.  They are RVers so we invited them over so we could share travel stories.  It was great hearing about their trip to New England and the Canadian Maritimes this past summer.
On our second bike ride of the year we checked out the Jupiter Lighthouse.  There is a huge banyan tree on the lighthouse grounds.  You can climb to the top for a great view of the surrounding area.  If you are in the area check it out.
One of those great Florida sunsets at Jonathon Dickinson State Park.  There are great sunsets in the desert but I think they are better here because they are from the sun reflecting on the clouds, not dust like out west.  Hope to see many more of these in the Keys.
We owed Mary Lou a dinner as she had us to her place a couple times.  Nanc cooked the last of the Alaska halibut for a fantastic meal.  MMMMGood!!!!
On our last night, New Year's Eve, we went to Seasons 52 for dinner and then back to Mary Lou's to ring in 2015.  We had a wonderful stay in Jupiter for the holidays and are looking forward to returning next winter.  Now we are enjoying the fantastic weather in the Keys.  HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!  May 2015 bring you GOOD HEALTH and HAPPINESS!!


Jeff and Dawn said...

So nice to meet you both. Have really enjoyed reading your blog over the years. Hope our paths cross again in the future and we can have that drink. Safe Travels

Jeff and Dawn

Mark said...

I am not a huge fan of Florida in general, but after enduring some sub zero temperatures here in Denver recently, Florida sounds pretty good.

Happy travels!

Ray/Wendy said...

You guys really need to control yourselves- You just have to much fun! Have a great year!