After a great underway in darkness and a wonderful sail on the ocean an near 500 yards off the beach we decided to make a detour.
As the wind refused to clock around to the north as we had requested and was forecast, the seas built with the incoming squalls.
With CALYPSO's decks washed clean with seas water we decided to turn inland at the Ft Lauderdale inlet. Tomorrow-we'll see!
180-ETA Fisher Island Anchorage
We were underway this morning at 0805 and anchored at 0939. Just look at the numbers, 4 miles and an hour and 34 minutes. Bet your saying, "Are you crawling south?" Well yes & no!
Well, when the wind an seas are against you we keep in mind Captain Chuck's "just say no" philosophy of cruising. Why go and not enjoy the ride, so we are waiting for the right weather. We think we have found that it's coming tomorrow.
We moved the four miles and now sit primed and ready outside the channel about 100 yards from the inlet.
Tomorrow morning, after a cockpit weather check, we plan to get underway before sunrise headed for Miami.
We broke this inside trip into two days for several reasons. First, we would rather do two 20-30 mile days then one 50 mile day on the ICW. Second, yesterday we motored through the high current areas as the tide shifted in and out at both Ft. Peirce and St. Lucie Inlets. Finally, we saved the 6 bridges for the short day.
Several of the bridges we passed through today have restricted opening schedules. Most only open on the hour and half-hour. They are also about 3 miles apart. So, we could race at 6 knots between bridges or sightsee at 3 .5 knots and enjoy the ride. You know what we did!
At 0744 we were underway and we dropped the anchor in the Lake Worth Anchorage at 1219. Being a Monday the boat traffic was minimal. It was interesting as we went along to see the contrast in this area. As we motored slowly along we went from McMansions with their manicured lawns to undeveloped areas that brought back a taste of Old Florida. This Banyan Tree stands after many years growing among the overdeveloped and under developed.
This is a truly a stunning picture. Either one of us would like to take credit for taking it but we can't. It was taken by our friend and professional photographer Jim on Salty Paws. He takes and sells many fine photos and can be found on the web at www.Jimages.com
So what's the deal with this picture? Today is Wendy's birthday! While we were at the cruisers gathering in Vero Beach a few nights ago Wendy was admiring it. Jeff also liked this unique picture mounted on medal. To us it seems to symbolize the freedom we have cruising. It also captures the many experiences we see with dolphins, almost daily. So that sneaky little devil, Jeff, bought and hid this gift until this morning's 0700 "Surprise"!
We were underway at 0735 this morning and anchored at 1500 just out of the channel in Hobe Sound. On the way we caught a nice Sea Trout which will fit in nicely with Wendy's birthday dinner.
The other significant event today is the end of Volume I of our Log. This ratty old book was started February 18th 1999. The opening three words still ring true today, "The Adventure Continues".
This morning went exactly according to plan except for one small thing, the weather!
Once offshore, we needed to steer about 140 degrees to make Lake Worth Inlet, 43 miles away. The wind and seas, running 3', are coming from about 120 degrees. Oh and did I mention the thunderstorm looming just off the inlet? So instead of heading off and slugging it out we thought we would head inside on the ICW.
Oh, wait, its Saturday! Heading out in a thunderstorm sounded like more fun than motoring through this narrow stretch of the ICW in the land of the large powerboats.
We have been asked," What do you do when it rains?" First, before the rain hit we had a couple of outside projects to do. Jeff scrubbed our teak decks with saltwater. This would then get a good rinsing when the rain came.
Wendy finished a major project, our rain catcher. CALYPSO does not have a watermaker. Until now the only way we have of filling our 3 water tanks was to fill at a marina, in the US, or pay for water in the Bahamas. We wanted to be prepared to replenish some of the 120 gallons we carry with an afternoon shower presents the opportunity. Both projects were finished just in time and a bucket full of fresh water trapped by our new rain catcher helped do the lunch dishes!
Other rainy day projects include, but are not limited to, cleaning out lockers, checking charts, reading, Wendy's basket & jewelry making, Jeff's solar cockpit light project and working on updating the blog:)
We are planning to leave tomorrow taking two days to get to Lake Worth. Ya, it's still the weekend but we feel we should move on. Neither day will too long and we should be poised near the inlet waiting to head for Miami during the next projected window, Thursday.