I (Heart) Coconut Grove

Do you know that Dinner Key Marina in Miami originally served as base of operations for Pan American Airway’s famed flying boats, the Clippers (basically the first-ever Sea Planes)?  The original Pan Am terminal building (next door) now serves as Miami’s City Hall. Dinner Key is a short walk to all the cool shops and restaurants, yet tucked away in a quiet part of the Grove.

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Boat hull cleaning, Oliver and Sophia fishing off the docks – all a common sight now.

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Watching the NASA launch was so exciting. Since our NASA visit, we are total space junkies.

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Boat school was moved indoors while we had a few rainy days. Coconut Grove is a super chill, interesting and quaint suburb of Miami. It is easy to walk everywhere, and always feels safe. Sailing looms large here in Biscayne Bay, so it is not uncommon to see familiar faces in passing sailors whether Tony is racing, or not. On land or sea, the kids and I are happy here.

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While racing Etchell’s, Tony was required to move to the team house, so we had to go too. We made the best of it,  with CORTADO happily docked a few feet from the house. “George-School” is what we call school in the team dining room, complete with pool recess!

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The Etchells racing this weekend was fun to watch – Tony and his team were formidable. It was quality competition and tough racing out there! Sophia, Oliver and I watched the last day of racing aboard friends’ gorgeous VICEM called GEM.

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Watching races in Biscayne Bay, the 2014 Piana Cup. EFYRA III finished 7th overall out of 45 teams.

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Sophia and Oliver painted Ceviche spoons with a Christmas message and hung them on the Tree at JAGUAR, a favorite restaurant in Coconut Grove. Along with friends, we had a nice dinner in memory of Etchells EFYRA III Teammate Billy Bennett who passed away this past summer.
Post dinner, we bumped into a familiar baseball-face. Oliver and Sophia had a nice chat with A-Rod on the street. He had plenty of time for Tony and the kids and promised to wave at us the next time he plays at Fenway.  This, after Oliver told him that he is a RED SOX fan, but does like a couple of the Yankees.  We look forward to seeing A-Rod in uniform in 2015.
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Meeting Alex Rodriguez was exciting for our young baseball fans.
I have quickly decided that, so far, Coconut Grove, Miami is my favorite in all Florida. 

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