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My Summer Vacation 2021 Road-Trip

Last Wednesday June 02ND 2021 about 45 minutes before local sunrise I embarked on my latest fun road-trip exploring my great state of Florida. This was actually a road-trip that was planned more than 3 years earlier and scheduled for the exact same Wednesday to Saturday time-period in June 2018. I had to cancel that trip when I was offered the opportunity to attend an important work-related trip to Middle Georgia (Warner Robins) later that same month in June 2018.

Earlier this year I decided to resurrect that June 2018 road-trip exactly 3 years later. I took my original itinerary for the trip, and I updated and enhanced it. As it turns out I actually visited a majority of the places that were on the original itinerary.

This was a 77-hour / (4-day / 3-night) / 472-mile road-trip spanning Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties (in that order). Aside from driving to and from Florida’s Treasure Coast I was always within about 5 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and the adjacent Indian River (which is actually a very long [121-mile] lagoon).

Starting today and continuing for the next 3 or 4 Thursdays I’ll share some of my road-trip adventures with you. I presented a sneak-preview of this road-trip recap this past Sunday here on my blog. (Check out “Sunday Scripture”.)

We start about 3 hours north of my home for a full Breakfast pitstop in Stuart Florida. I enjoyed a nice hearty meal at a local place called Berry Fresh Cafe. I’ve been there before (at their Jupiter Florida location), so I knew what to expect. I knew that I would be full when I walked out. My waiter was over-the-top energized and passionate about his job – perhaps even borderline bombastic – but in a good way. I told him that I was on vacation visiting the area, and he gave me a list of places to visit in Stuart. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that his restaurant was my only stop in Stuart proper. I now have a list of places that I can check-out on my next (perhaps longer) visit to Stuart. I actually have friends who live in neighboring Jensen Beach. I didn’t get a chance to visit them on this trip, so maybe next time.

My next stop was to a popular place located on the barrier island adjacent to Stuart (South Hutchinson Island) known as Bathtub Beach. My aforementioned friends go there on a regular basis with their young daughters, so I decided to check it out. It’s very unique in that it’s the Atlantic Ocean – but with subdued waves and currents. There’s a mile-and-a-half-long reef just offshore. It’s below the water surface during high tide, but during low tide there are exposed sections. This reef is not a typical coral reef, but rather a living worm reef. I’ll let this sign explain it in greater detail:

I spent a lot of time all along a 54-mile stretch of Florida State Road A1A – from 27.2° to 27.8° north latitude. I visited a lot of nice Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River County beaches on this road-trip. I think this was probably the nicest and cleanest beach of them all. Check out this photo of this beautiful wide beach:

As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile I try to keep my blog posts to under 3 minutes or less, and I think that we’re close to that ceiling right now, so let me close this part of my road-trip. Next Thursday I’ll present Part 2, and we’ll visit House Of Refuge Museum At Gilbert’s Bar and Elliott Museum.

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By Chris M. Day

I'm almost 56 years old. I've been online for 30 years - starting with my own dial-up bulletin board system in 1993 - and continuing with AOL, my own web site, Myspace, WordPress, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook.