Today is our pre-departure day. We are getting some stuff done. We took a drive through the park and did the auto-tour and then stopped at the Hobe Mtn trail. This is the highest natural point in southern Florida at 86 feet above sea level. We had a nice dinner, watched our mama mockingbird and had an early evening.
Jonathon Edwards ST. Park
Today we headed to Hobe Sound Natl Wildlife Refuge. After going through the nature center we took a 1 mile hike on the scrub trail. It winds around and then down to the intercoastal. John needs more hiking. So I dropped him at the tracks and he hiked 5 miles back to our campsite on the old Dixie Hwy trail.
Now we regrouped and later headed to the Double Roads Tavern. They have an acoustic open mic tonight hosted by Joe Birch. It’s amazing what a small world and musician world it is. We met Pete (Bullfrog) another harp player that comes here often. After talking a couple minutes, he knows a couple of our harp friends. Stan (Sloppy) from Key West and Buzz from Antioch Il. So jammers were arriving and one walked in and I knew I knew him from somewhere. It was (Larry) Reverend Hambone that played at Keystock in 2012 when it was at Lazy Lakes, also in 2015 at Keystock Truman Waterfront and in April 2016 at a CW Colt house party.
Chicago Sandy got to play with the host Joe Birch and also sat in with another jammer playing Mary Jane’s Last Dance. There were also musicians jammin outside as well. We’ll have to return to this jam if we are ever in the area on a Monday night.
John checked mama’s nest and now there are 3 eggs. We took a nice walk along old Dixie Hwy and the tracks in our park. Now we re-grouped and headed to Stuart. There is a riverwalk with an outdoor music stage. We met Johns cousin Sandy and her husband Paul there. The stage is waterfront and the Boathouse is right next door. So we got an outside table, had some appetizers, cocktails and listened to music. The Burnt Biscuit band was playing. It was great to visit with Sandy and Paul. They headed home and we stopped for one more at Mulligans Beach House right on the water overlooking the pier. They had a steel drum reggae singer. Now we headed home, had a nightcap outside. Another rough day.
Today we headed to the Loxahatchee River for the boat tour. It’s about an 1.5 hours up the river. The foliage changed along the way due to it changing from salt to fresh water. It’s high tide so we can stop by the old Trapper Nelsons homestead. A ranger gave us a tour and explained Trapper Nelson’s life and how he lived and died. We did a lot of walking yesterday and I’m ready for a break, so I found a spot under a shelter, got my chair and book out while John did a 5 mile hike to the overlook on the Kitching Creek. We headed home, had a nice dinner and took a time-out.