|Wabasso Beach, Sebastian Inlet & Vero Beach|
|Thursday, 26 February 2004 00:00|
Helen (our tour guide of the day!!) said she was coming over at 11:00 AM so we had time to exercise and have breakfast before she arrived. Once she got here, we all enjoyed a cup of coffee before we went on our sight seeing tour of the areas she had planned to show us. First we went to Wabasso Beach a very popular surfer's beach just around the corner from here. It was a sunny, mild day with a strong breeze, evidently perfect for surfing the waves. As we arrived at the parking area we saw a lot of spectators watching the number of surfers trying to catch the perfect wave. Rick and Helen took of their shoes and walked into the surf while I remained farther back and took pictures. While they had their backs to the water, a big wave came in catching them off guard and soaking their shorts! We then needed to walk along the shell-covered beach in order to let the breeze dry them and their shorts off.
From there we drove up the coast to Sebastian Inlet State Park, a popular park for both surfers and fishermen. Sebastian Inlet connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Indian River attracting campers, picnickers, bird watchers, divers, surfers, swimmers and fishermen who are here to go crabbing, shrimping, clamming and fishing. The park spreads on both sides of the roadway and the bridge going over the river. We had a quick meal at the small snack bar and then headed to Vero Beach.
Vero Beach is an upscale community offering lots of boutiques, restaurants, hotels and shops as well as the many gated communities. It too has gorgeous beaches with plenty of public access. This part of Florida is far less congested than the parts we have been in so far and the traffic was so much easier to get around in. We truly had a wonderful afternoon with Helen ending with a shrimp dinner at Chuck and Jan's house.
Tomorrow we are on the road again, heading to Lake City, Florida.