My niece Michelle and her husband Jason Webb jetted in from D/FW Friday afternoon (5-1-15) to kick off a 10-day Florida vacation. They changed into beachwear at our condo and we drove straight to Ft. Lauderdale beach. We just had time to hike to the jetty and back from the Sheraton, before viewing the mermaids swimming in the hotel’s pool from The Wreck Bar.

 

Mermaids outside The Wreck Bar's windows.

Mermaids outside The Wreck Bar’s windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For dinner we drove to Hollywood and ate on the beach. Karen and Michelle joined the band for a parting number.

 

Karen and Michelle give the band a hand  after dinner.

Karen and Michelle give the band a hand after dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday we pointed the boat north up the ICW. It was rough out in the Atlantic, so cruising the inside was prudent. You never know what you’ll see along the way, but it’s sure to be entertaining, like this dude in jet boots.

 

Walking on the water, or flying above it and diving below it, has never been easier.

Walking on the water, or flying above it and diving below it, has never been easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was no room at the dock when we got to the restaurant at Lighthouse Point so we headed for Hillsboro Inlet to take some pictures of the lighthouse.

 

Jason and Michelle mug for the camera at Hillsboro Inlet

Jason and Michelle mug for the camera at Hillsboro Inlet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added to our take-home “rum bucket” total as Jason and Michelle joined Karen for a refreshing rasher in the hefty containers.

 

The rum bucket trio cool down at the restaurant in Lighthouse Point.

The rum bucket trio cools down at the restaurant in Lighthouse Point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of rum and swimming during lunch caused my crew to do some napping on the cruise home.

 

Captain Jeff at the helm with napping Michelle on the bow.

Captain Jeff at the helm with napping Michelle on the bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A long day on the water called for dinner at home Saturday night, but we were up early Sunday Morning to go to Jazz Fest in the park on the New River. Our early departure paid off and we got a prime docking space, as well as, a shady spot to eat lunch and watch the show.

 

A shady location near the river with a good view is priceless at Jazz Fest.

A shady location near the river with a good view is priceless at Jazz Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived two hours before the musicians started playing, so there was time to explore along the banks of the New River. The Briny Pub is always a good spot for a picture.

 

Michelle narrowly escapes a shark attack at the Briny Pub.

Michelle narrowly escapes a shark attack at the Briny Pub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did a power walk through the famous Swap Shop before heading to the jetty in John U. Lloyd state park.

 

A little vamping with the Blues Brothers at the Swap Shop.

A little vamping with the Blues Brothers at the Swap Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday the cruise ships leave Port Everglades. We strolled out on the jetty lining the north side of the inlet to watch the big boats go by before dinner.

 

Karen snaps a "Wefie" on the Port Everglades jetty.

Karen snaps a “Wefie” on the Port Everglades jetty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to give Karen credit for this cool crab shot on the rocks out on the jetty.

 

"I've got my eye on you!"

“I’ve got my eye on you!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the big ships race at sea, it’s fun for everyone.

 

The big boys don't usually get so close out on the water.

The big boys don’t usually get so close out on the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner at the Quarter Deck on Dania pier was excellent. Our view included kite surfers and a killer sunset.

 

The view of  sunset lit waves from our table was awesome.

The view of sunset lit waves from our table was awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Jason and Michelle picked up a rental car and headed for Key West. I assume to get some rest from their visit with us. We expect them back next Friday for more Ft. Lauderdale based fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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