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Love the updates. Thanks Curt. When will you start heading north? I'd hang around the warm Florida weather for awhile longer. The east coast is warming but it is still cold.
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Have you got your route figured out or are you just winging it.I've looked at a few great loop adventurers and saw their pics.Wish I could go. :D
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I had a general idea of the route that we were going to take before we left home. But, I have been modifying our travels slightly as we go along. So far the biggest change has been going to the Keys and not going to the Bahamas this year. We have to go home to take care of several things during the month of March so therefor we would not have enough time to make it worth while going to the Bahamas. I will save the Bahamas for another trip. I generally only plan a couple of days ahead where we will be stopping, weather is the biggest factor that changes my plans. We will go up the East coast of Florida to Jacksonville and then stop and go home.

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Great update, looks like a real fun time.

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We have been doing and seeing so much the last week that I have fallen behind in updates again. We even had a Glen-l boat builder visit us this week. We left the St Lucie lock docks after spending two nights there. There was another Great loop traveler that locked through with us in a Ranger Tug boat. These boats are similar in size to Curt's Dream but don't seem to have as much interior living space.
inside St Lucie lock with another Great Loop boat
inside St Lucie lock with another Great Loop boat
They followed us to Stuart where they had to wait for a low bridge to open for them. We were able to get under the bridge by lowering our vhf radio antenna and didn't have to wait for the bridge to open. Since we are only 9 ft. tall, we are able to get under most bridges and not have to wait for bridges to open.

At Stuart, we connect with the Inter coastal waterway(ICW), that will take us North along the East coast up to Norfolk VA. It is 986 miles from Stuart Fl. to Norfolk VA. Our first stop after turning North was Vero Beach followed by Cocoa. In Cocoa, Noreen once again hit the gift stores in the historic downtown while I checked out Travis Hardware. This is the huge hardware store with 7 building of hardware items that started selling to fisherman in 1895 at this location.
Travis Hardware
Travis Hardware
I could of spent hours wondering around the many isles on two floors.
history of Travis Hardware
history of Travis Hardware
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The Travis Hardware store is a destination in its self.
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After staying two nights in Cocoa, we head to our next stop, Daytona Beach. The city marina where we stopped is located near the old downtown area. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived and only had time to visit a few of the stores but the Angell & Phelps Chocolate factory store caught our eye. We left the store with a bag of various chocolate items that included chocolate covered bacon. Their milk chocolate is some of the best I've tasted.
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We found these carved pieces of wood in one of the store windows in downtown Daytona Beach.
wood carvings
wood carvings
The bridge over the ICW at Daytona Beach had painted piers.
Daytona Beach bridge
Daytona Beach bridge
Our next stop was St. Augustine where once again the city marina where we stopped was near the historic downtown. There was so much to see and do in St Augustine that we stayed for three nights.
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I will post about our stay at St Augustine in a couple of days.

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We spent two days looking around St Augustine and probably could of spent another day as there is lots of things to see and do there. St Augustine is an old city that was established in 1565 by Spanish explorers. There is an inlet from the Atlantic ocean that comes into the city with an old fort guarding the entrance. We toured the fort, Castillo de San Marcos, where volunteers were doing canon and musket firing demonstrations.
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old canons on display at fort
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This fort is not nearly as large as the fort we visited West of Key West but this fort didn't require a 70 mile ferry boat trip to visit. More misc. pictures of the fort in St Augustine.
inside fort walls
inside fort walls
sleeping bunks for soldiers
sleeping bunks for soldiers
Noreen was nearing captured by one of the soldiers at the fort.
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The old downtown area in St Augustine has several blocks of gift shops and even some very nice art galleries. After spending all morning shopping, we stopped at a cuban restaurant for lunch. On their menu was a sandwich called Curt's meatloaf sandwich so that's what I ordered. It was real good and even had left overs for supper.
meatloaf sandwich
meatloaf sandwich
inside lobby at Columbia restaurant where we had lunch
inside lobby at Columbia restaurant where we had lunch
The restaurant is located in the historic district.
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entrance to historic district
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Another interesting place to visit in St Augustine is Flagler College. The college is located in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. This building was built in 1888 by railroad magnate, Henry Flagler who also built the railroad to Key West.
entrance to Flagler college
entrance to Flagler college
grand lobby domed ceiling
grand lobby domed ceiling
story of Hotel Ponce de Leon
story of Hotel Ponce de Leon
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The court yard at the former hotel has a large fountain.
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The stone work was very impressive.
one example of stone work at Flagler college
one example of stone work at Flagler college
The college gives tours of the building that we missed. The tours go into areas of the building that we could not visit such as the dining room.
inside lobby looking into dining room
inside lobby looking into dining room
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The Lightner Museum is located across the street from Flagler college.The museum is housed in the former Hotel Alcazar building that was built in 1887. Unfortunately, the museum was closed for a wedding and electrical repairs both times we visited so could only get photos of the exterior.
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lightner museum
courtyard of former Hotel Alcazar
courtyard of former Hotel Alcazar
Carriage rides were available around downtown St Augustine.
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On Sunday, Noreen went to church at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine. This church was constructed over five years(1793-1797) and is a national historic landmark.
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Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine
Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine
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inside Cathedral
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While in St Augustine, another Glen-l boatbuilder paid us a visit, Ken Schott or better known as Kens. After checking out the boat, off we headed to the winery and distillery. The distillery is located in a 1907 former ice plant.
inside distillery
inside distillery
sampling the product
sampling the product
Some of the selections at the distillery are only produced in small batches so prices reflected this fact.
$200 a bottle
$200 a bottle
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