Friday, March 04, 2011

Good Deeds

Sunshine Travel Rv Park – Vero Beach, Florida

Today was our day for good deeds.

This morning while we were still drinking our coffee, Al spotted a chocolate Lab running loose.  We are very close to I-95 so that wasn’t a good thing.  He had a collar on so we thought he probably belonged to someone here in the campground, so off Al went to save the day!

Soon someone came by with a leash and looking for the dog.  The more they called him, the faster he ran.  Al got down on his knees, called the dog and he came right to him.  Yes, my Al was a hero today!

Later on the way out for some sightseeing, we stopped at the Rec area to put a for sale sign up for the kayaks.   We have been hesitant about selling them before we know if we like the new ones, but the old hard kayaks just don’t work in our new life style.

While at the rec center, we noticed one volunteer trying to sort the mail for the entire park. They have a mail system at this campground where they use park volunteers to sort the mail.  It’s really too big of a job for one person, so I volunteered Al and I to help him.  Good deed number 2!  At the last place we were at each rv site had it’s own address and the mailman/lady sorted it and put it into locked boxes.  Here, all the mail comes to the main address where someone has to sort it by name and put it into mail slots.  Hope there are no mail thieves here!  The three of us got it done pretty quickly and our new friend Russ thanked us for the help.  (staying away from the rec center today)

Next stop was a kayak livery to get some info on paddling a river nearby.  It’s not nearly as pretty as the Hillsborough or Weeki Wachee that we have just paddled, so I’m not real enthused.

We had hoped to paddle in some mangroves (Mangroves are various kinds of trees and shrubs  up to medium height.  They  grow in saline coastal sediment habitats.  You can find some nice little mangrove islands where it’s shallow and great for paddling.  The problem is that we’re experiencing the usual March winds and with the wind blowing right off the cold Atlantic, it’s pretty chilly, and way too windy.  That’s okay though, the temps are in the 70’s and sunny.  Can’t complain!

Our next stop was to Indian River Rv where we bought a 5 foot extension for our new Rhino-Flex sewer hose.  It has connections already attached so it should be easy and secure to extend our hose when needed.  We also bought some awning de-flappers and ordered a JACK tv antenna.   This new type antenna replaces the old batwing style and it supposed to pick up the new digital channels more easily.   Dean and Shirley had one and liked it, so we thought we’d give it a try. 

JACK Antenna  Covers the Full Digital Spectrum   RV Business

Anyone have any experience with it?  It’s on sale for $37.99 so we’re not out too much if it doesn’t work.

The lady at the rv store recommended a waterfront seafood restaurant called “Squid Lips”.  The name sounded bad but we were told the food was great.  We ordered Mahi Mahi sandwiches.  The fish was hot , crispy, and plentiful, but it was a little bland.  Oh well, the scenery was good.  We saw some Dolphin rounding up fish and feeding.  We’ve seen this before. Several dolphin will swim around in circles around some fish, corraling the fish and then they grab an easy meal.  The pelicans were getting involved and trying to get their share.  No pics…sorry.  We were inside behind a plastic window that was zipped up.  It wasn’t the best place for pics. 

We went outside and fought the wind and got a few pictures of the waterfront restaurant and dock.

Dock to Squid Lips Bar and Grill
dock at Squid Lips

Sea Gull

From the restaurant we kept seeing little parachutes.  We thought they were Para-sailing and we knew it was too windy to safely do that.

After we left the restaurant we headed over to see what was going on and we found a lot of kite surfers.  That was the parachute we thought was para sailing.  They have a kite they control with their hands and they stand on a surfboard like thing.  They were going very fast and frequently lifted off the ground.  It was quite entertaining to watch.  I can’t imagine how cold they were though because the wind off the water made it chilly on shore.

Kite Surfing

catching air

catching air

Kite Surfing

Kite Surfing

I took a few short video’s but for some reason they are very slow to load, so I’ll post them tomorrow. It’s amazing how fast they go.


On the way home we found Pelican Island Resort a nice campground on the beach, right off Highway 1 in Sebastian Florida.  It’s on the intercoastal waterway, not the Atlantic.  It’s very nice, with large sites.  No pool, but a nice little white sand beach.

beach at Pelican Landing rv park

campground on beach - Pelican Landing


campground on beach - Pelican Landing

boat ramp at Pelican Landing campground off hwy 1 on intercoastal


Winter rates for waterfront site.  They call it a river, but to me it’s more of the inter coastal waterway as the water is not fresh, but salt water.

River Front RV


  1. The kite surfing amazes me. First, you've gotta worry and control the kite , and THEN you've gotta worry about getting up and controlling the surf board. I don't see how they do it.

  2. I've had the Jack for about a year now and I guess it all depends on where you are, In Dardenne Prairie I get the same amount of stations, but it is close to the Metro area so the signals are real strong. Where you will notice a big difference, is when you are further out in the country, like in Fort Madison Iowa, I used to get 4 stations there, now I get 8, it does seem to bring the weaker signals in better. I'm sure you will like it, I saved the old batwing in case I didn't like it, so now it is a parts source if some fellow blogger had one go out.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  3. I've eaten at Squid Lips...several years ago. Loved the name...LOL!

    Glad you are enjoying your time in Vero. We won't be there until Mar 13th now.

  4. We bought the Jack last year in Elkhart and it really worked well for us. Then all of a sudden it just died. And we haven't been able to get hold of anybody to find out what we need to do with it. We kept our old batwing and are using it. I agree with Sam and Donna. It worked really well further out in the boonies.

  5. Good for you and Al in doing your 'good deeds' for the day.

    Squid Lips?? Interesting name for a restaurant for sure!

  6. Squid Lips?? Sounds interesting.....

  7. Karen, just getting caught up again -been away from the computer. I really hope you like your kayaks when they come, can't wait to hear what you think. I've had a chance to watch the kite surfing and I find it fascinating.

  8. Good deeds bring a lot of pleasure to both the recipient and the provider.

    During my working life, there was a expression concerning "no good deed goes unpunished", but I have not found that to be true in retirement. :)

  9. It's a good feeling to make someone's day! :) Good for you.

  10. As a lab lover, a big hug for Al. It would have been tragic if the dog had gotten hit by a car. They can be wild sometime. But are such big foolish lovers.


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