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Tourists in Our Own Town

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller

If you guys haven’t already guessed it yet, being on camera is a little awkward for me.  And by a little awkward, I mean VERY awkward!  I try not to get caught up in my own thoughts while recording, but it doesn’t always work that way.  I try to stay focused on the present, but then my brain takes over.  Other ideas pop into my head and my focus shifts, or I start thinking about how I look or sound and then worry about being judged.  Yikes! I am definitely a work in progress!

You know what else is a work in progress?  Our content creating and video making skills! Some people make it look so easy, but there is so much work that goes into recording and editing.  We are most definitely beginners, but I have to say…I am enjoying it so much!  I think I get just a smidge better each time.  We have been researching equipment and software, and at some point, in the far future we hope we’ll be able to create some awesome content. The ideas are there, we just gotta make it happen!

In some situations, the content is just there waiting for us to grab it.  In other situations, we must go out in search of it.  That’s what we did last weekend.  We got up last Saturday morning with no plans for the day, so we decided to go on a trip to some of our favorite spots on the Treasure Coast.  Well, that was our plan anyway.  First, we decided to head north to Fort Pierce, Florida and record at some of our favorite locations there.  We ended up staying there the entire day, so we decided we’d do an “episode” for each location instead. Be sure to check out the video at the end of this blog to see our day!

Our trip started from our home in Palm City.  We drove through Stuart to Jensen Beach so that we could get onto Indian River Drive (IRD).  IRD is a 20 mile stretch that goes from Fort Pierce to Stuart along the Treasure Coast, with a spectacular view of the Indian River Lagoon most of the way (occasionally multimillion-dollar homes block the view).  IRD has been named as one of Florida’s Scenic Highways. The lagoon it borders is home to over 4,000 species of plants and animals and has been considered by scientists as the most biologically diverse estuary in North America (I learned that on a 6th grade field trip I chaperoned)!

We took IRD north, which led us right through the heart of Downtown Fort Pierce.  Downtown Fort Pierce is truly a hidden gem, and a special place for Ross and I because it’s the first place we lived when we moved to the Treasure Coast.  There are several locally owned shops and restaurants which gives the area a unique atmosphere.  Our first stop was at our favorite restaurant in the area, the Taco Dive.  The Taco Dive is exactly what it’s named, a taco dive, and it’s “not your average hole in the hole in the wall” as they call it! Their menu is small but consists of all-things tacos.  They always have a fresh catch of the day, along with beers from local breweries.  On this trip, Ross had steak and swordfish tacos, while I had steak and chicken.  They’ve got a few locations on the Treasure Coast, from Vero Beach, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie.  We heard Stuart may be next to get a Taco Dive, so we’re super excited about that possibility!

After our delicious lunch, we went one street over to the Fort Pierce City Marina.  This is one of our favorite marinas on the Treasure Coast, and it’s currently getting quite the makeover.  A brand-new restaurant is being built and they’re getting a brand-new fuel dock.  The City Marina is filled with all types of boats and thousands of fish!  When we lived there, I used to drink my coffee every morning in the cockpit and watch the giant Jack Crevalles and snook feeding on mullet under the docks.  It was such an awesome way to start my day.  The City Marina hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday morning, rain or shine.  Vendors bring everything from fresh veggies, handmade soaps, homemade baked goods, beautiful artwork, and more.  They also have food trucks and live music.  It’s a popular event every weekend!

From the City Marina, we jumped on A1A and went over the south bridge which crosses the Indian River Lagoon to South Hutchinson Island.  We stopped at Jetty Park so we could check out the Fort Pierce Inlet.  Not only is the Fort Pierce inlet gorgeous with it’s bright teal waters, but its typically very calm and easy to navigate due to its depth and width.  The weather was gorgeous, so there were several people fishing along the rocks and swimming in a small cove that’s protected by the jetty.  The park has picnic tables and grills for people to use, as well as swings overlooking the inlet.  It’s such a cool little spot!  There are several bars and restaurants nearby, so we decided to have a beer at Square Grouper which sits right along the water near the inlet. 

Ross and Mandy, Fort Pierce Inlet, Feb 8th, 2020

The sun was starting to set so we got back on the road and began our journey south to our home in Palm City.  Before we crossed the county line between St. Lucie and Martin County, we stopped at one of my favorite spots along A1A.  I’m sure there is a name for this area, but I don’t know what it is.  It’s an area where Hutchinson Island gets very narrow on the river side, and you can pull off to the side of the road to put your toes in the water.  The water is always calm and it’s a phenomenal spot to catch a sunset, thankfully we got there just in time. 

We had such a beautiful day being tourists in the area we now call “home.”  Next time, we’ll stay in Martin County and go to all our favorite places here! 

Thank you for keeping up with our adventures!  Tell us what you think in the comments!

Check out our trip to Fort Pierce!

Author: mandytomney

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm Mandy, just a girl living on the east coast of Florida with my sweet husband, Ross. We get to do some pretty cool things here, so this is just a way share our experiences and things we love. We are just starting our life together as husband and wife, so jump aboard and join us as we journey to stay afloat!

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