Friday, December 3, 2010

New Smyrna Beach- FL

Well today was the holiday festival at NSB. It was called Lighting Up Flager Avenue.
Flager was a gentleman back in the 1800s who built the railroad that opened up Florida to residential development.

We had a good time walking down the street, going into shops, and just listening to all the musical groups performing. They even had the high school jazz band there. It reminded me of when Josh was in jazz band. Check out the photo of Mr, and Mrs. Claus with Joy and Linda Miko. Also several of the boats in the Marina are getting into the Christmas lighting movement.

I noticed one kind of funny situation today walking around town. The local public utility company is pushing LED lights for Christmas as cheaper to operate, low heat so less fire danger, etc. Except that the lights they have outside on the building for Christmas decoration is all old incandescent lights!.

We had a short sail down from Daytona Beach where we had anchored after a 50 plus mile sail from St. Augustine. Today we only did about 20 miles and decided to go to the Municipal marina as it was super cheap.

We then had a big surprise as our friends the Mikos called us up and said they had rented a car for the weekend and we coming over for dinner and visit. I had totally forgotten what day of the week it was. That is one of the issues on being on a boat. You really forget what day it is, in previous life there were work days and there was the weekend. Now every day is neither work, vacation, or weekend; it is just another day for either sailing someplace, or working on the boat.

Speaking of working on the boat. We have a couple of jobs to do before the Bahamas trip. Some are easy like sanding and painting, other are more complicated like replacing the stuffing box that keep the water out of the engine compartment.

Tomorrow it is off to Titusville, home of the Space Center, but we are just stopping overnight there to anchor.


PS For all you old timers, this place has a senior center that is huge and another senior recreation building that has at least 20 shuffleboard courts. They are just waiting for all the snowbirds to get here in January.

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