02/01/2013 - 02/01/2013 72 °F
The sun is finally out, hooray! So many things to do, my mind is so scattered but mostly excited to see my best friend from college and go to the beach. Before all that though, I did spend the morning catching up on Glee and cuddling with Dobby - mostly him plopping all 70 lbs of himself onto my lap, no problem. It was adorable though, I think he's getting used to the idea of me taking care of him now instead of me just being some weirdo living in his home. Afterwards, I took to one of the pools within this community which was a very short walk away. Through the gate was a small pool surrounded by lounge chairs and a tent with some tables and chairs underneath it. Further through the back was another gate leading onto the edge of an intercoastal waterway where there were more lounge chairs. I decided to go there since there was more sun, and the view was incredible sitting on the edge of a nicely manicured landscape lined with tall palm trees. It was a little bit cooler at around 70 degrees but that didn't stop me from sun bathing a bit while reading my book, and boat-watching as varieties from little fishing and recreational boats to 100 ft yachts drove by!
Afterwards, my friend Tiffany drove down from Tequesta to see me. I have not seen this girl in almost 3 years! When we finally reunited, we immediately wanted to catch up on everything. Without further ado, we finally headed to the Fort Lauderdale Beach. After some difficulties finding parking, we made it and noticed lots of gay couples around. Who knew Fort Lauderdale was a big gay town? Anyways, the temperature didn't get much warmer since the earlier lounge but the sun was still happily shining, but being on the water brought on tons of wind! We could barely keep our beach towels down. After being there for a couple of hours, the clouds began to roll in and made us cold. We left to go down the road to an outdoor bar recommended by Krystin, called 101 Ocean. Walking by the entrance we felt extremely underdressed in our casual beach-wear. But we still sat at the bar and had a cocktail, no weird looks coming our way thankfully. After chatting with the bartender about the Boston area and learning the bar right across from it is the designated "Patriots Bar" Tiff and I could not be left alone by weird old men. In her words "It's tough being young and beautiful!"
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Tiff and I grabbing a drink at 101 Ocean
After having a bite to eat and getting ready for the night, we drove north to Jupiter area. First stop was an outdoor rum bar. I must say, this was probably the coolest environment that I've been to: walking on nothing but sand, 2 bars under tiki huts, fire pits spread out everywhere with Adirondack chairs surrounding each one, the palm trees sprinkled around of course, and a live band. Staying for one drink, we then headed through Jupiter to Tiffany's place nearby to pick up her brother and boyfriend. (Sidenote: the lineup of gated condominiums down US-1 is insanely gorgeous, and numerous. I lost count of how many we passed) It was good to meet her bf, and see her brother again too! We then all picked up and headed down to another environmentally intriguing outdoor bar called Guanabanas, which made you feel like you're indoors by being covered by trees as if you're enveloped within a Costa Rican forest. The large central tree had a tiki hut build around it. Again, lots of woodwork and I even took a walk down to explore that this restaurant is right on the edge of the Intercoastal Waterway and it leads to docks that you can just park your boat, pop up for a drink or a meal, and then be on your way via boat action. So cool. Bar hopping some more and we walked about a block away to another infamous bar on a different part of the water called Square Grouper. Apparently that was code back in the 80s for "fishing for cocaine". Who knows what went on back in the day. Long day/night concluded, longer drive back to Fort Lauderdale.
Snapshot of one of the fire pits
Me, Nicole, and Tiffany