While staying in Fort Lauderdale, we found out they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Saturday before the actual date. They have vendors and booths, bands on the stage, and a parade. We had to see the parade because we consider St. Patrick’s Day an important holiday since our favorite daughter was born on that day. Happy Birthday early. Amanda!!
The parade featured many bands, fire trucks, police vehicles, Star Wars, and even an elephant. They also had lots of bag pipes which is great if you like that sort of thing …
We toured the Stranahan house while in Ft Lauderdale. Mr. Stranahan and his wife were instrumental in starting the settlement in this area. The tour of the house proved interesting and informative. Teresa became so interested in the history of the mercantile turned homestead for Frank and Ivy Stranahan she’s now reading a book called Mystic Sweet Communion, by Jane Kirkpatrick. The book is a historical fiction based on the Stranahan’s life in the community along with their unusual association with the Seminole Indians in the area. Fascinating story based on facts with behind the scenes tales of how Ivy become a teacher, married a much older man (Frank) and ended up enlightening Indian children as well.
From Ft. Lauderdale we traveled past West Palm Beach seeing more and more mega mansions and yachts. We anchored to ride out the thunderstorms, heavy constant winds, and rain pelting on the decks overnight. Next stop: Stuart, Florida for a dock at Loggerhead marina. Miss Bailey came with us and we share the same dock.
EXCITEMENT on the DOCKS last night. We are truly thankful for God’s hand of protection last evening … A fugitive decided he’d avoid the marina locked gate, so he jumped into the water, swam to our neighbor’s boat (which was quite a distance from where he jumped in), climbed up a precarious swim platform, broke in their back door, and proceeded to warm himself inside their boat. Which, by the way, we share the same dock!
Upon returning, our friends found a shirtless “Goldilocks” in their bed. 911 called after they immediately evacuated their vessel. Soon our docks became a wall of armed police and a canine. Culprit taken away in handcuffs with only one expensive red shoe in tow.
Thank you, God, for our safety and the safety of our neighbors! We realize how the story could have had a much more tragic ending.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ft Lauderdale