See Blowing Rocks

You can’t drive in the south without see the ubiquitous See Rock City signs, but instead of Rock City, we visited Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island.

Blowing Rocks Preserve is a barrier island sanctuary set aside to protect both the rocky limestone coast along the Atlantic Ocean and the mangroves, and tropical and oak hammocks on the Indian River Lagoon. From the Hawley Environmental Center a trail wanders through native species to the Indian River where mangrove restoration is underway.

Across the road from the Environmental Center you’ll find the sandy path leading to the Atlantic. Pay the $2.00 fee at the ticket kiosk and then continue down the sea grape lined trail to a beach unlike any other the Florida. Limestone rock eroded by the waves leaves sea caves along the shore.

On rough days, the waves crash through the rocks at heights up to 50 feet…not the case on the day we visited. No large waves, however, an aggregation of manatee could be seen just offshore.

With two and a half miles of trails, sea caves, tidal pools, reefs, and nesting sea turtles I’m surprised there are no signs in Florida shouting, See Blowing Rocks; but that’s a good thing…let’s keep this place a secret.

Taste = Tasty

IMG_3004We stopped at Taste, a restaurant located on Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound, for a late lunch before embarking on the final leg of our trip home. Arriving a little after 3:00, there were only a couple of other tables of diners so despite good reviews on Yelp, I was a little apprehensive.

Seated on the screen porch, we ordered pretty basic lunch fare. The waitress suggested the Lobster roll and the house specialty Savannah Gorgonzola Salad, but we settled on the Blackened Mahi tacos for me and a French Dip Sandwich for John since we weren’t feeling especially adventurous.

Coleslaw accompanied the tacos and fries came with the French Dip and both meals were delicious! In fact, since we had such good luck, we ordered the Coconut Key Lime cake for dessert.

IMG_3002While tasty, the cake was served cold…I’d prefer room temperature, and I’d hoped the key lime filling would be a bit more tangy. Nevertheless, I would definitely make a return visit.

Hobe Sound’s near Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Seabranch Preserve State Park, and Blowing Rocks Preserve and since the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Preserve schedules turtle walks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the months of May, June, and July, another trip may be in the cards.

Maybe we’ll try the lobster roll next time.