N. Palm Beach N26° 50.380' W80° 03.265'
18 February 2008 | 26 50.380N 80° 03.265W
I Googled my coordinates before I started writing this tonight to see just how accurate this thing is, and I have to tell you that I would bet, within 50 yards, it points nearly exactly to where I am anchored tonight. If you scroll down to the south, you will see an inlet from the ocean into the ICW. This is called the Lake Worth inlet, classified as a class A inlet meaning it is wide, little shoaling, and even a newbie like me can get in and out of it without a problem. I will travel out this inlet when I head south for my next stop which is Ft. Lauderdale, assuming the winds are favorable from the north and I can stay out of the Gulf Stream. If not, I will continue south in the ICW.
I moved today because I had basically seen what I wanted to see at Stuart and figured there will be time on the return trip north in the spring if so desired. I expected today's trip to take 5 hours, but it took 6 due to timing of the bridge openings. Mainly, I was too slow to catch the next bridge at the right time. For whatever reason, a couple of the bridge tenders had a wild hair of their respective butts and were real jerks to everyone who radioed them. Treated us all like are a bunch of novices and pains in their asses. I am pretty sure I am, but the other people sounded like they knew what they were doing, so I don't know what their problem was. About the 3rd time I got a smart ass retort from one of them, I was about to let loose on a torrent of something like, "You know, it is people like us that are the reason you have a job, so stick it up your red neck ass, Bubba!" Then it occurred to me that my navigational future was in their hands and if I wanted to get where I was going yet this month, I had better zip it, which I did. My, how I have grown. There was a time when I would have said it anyway just because it made me feel good for about 10 seconds and then suffered the consequences. Anyway, it was an otherwise beautiful day with less wildlife to be seen and MUCH more opulence in terms of wealth. I swear that these mansions are butted up next to each other and most have a yacht or king sized ocean going fishing boat. It was interesting watching these people preen for anyone who was boating by - pretty disgusting, actually. But in any event, it was interesting to see a world in which I am unfamiliar. Learning more things.
I am sending a couple of pictures today. One is of a barge that you might say is overloaded on one end - or is sinking. I think Bubba, the bridge tender's brother, owns this. The other is of some moss that grows in the trees down here that is fascinating. I think they call it Spanish moss. Somebody, please check me on this and let me know if I am correct, or not.
I plan to hang here a through Monday and then head south Tuesday.