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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Dinging From The North Lake Fort Worth Landing
Keith, nice and breezy
09/13/2008

We had a cool, breezy, comfortable first night anchored in Lake Fort Worth. The wind gen has run since I got here in this great breeze. It doesn't put out much, maybe 15% of our power, but every bit helps. Even Jake wanted to sleep in the cabin with us last night when he usually prefers to sleep on deck. Caught a beautiful sunrise and took the dogs to shore for their morning constitutional. Along the way we met some other cruisers doing the same thing and wound up tagging along to breakfast at this great outdoor cafe that catered to the dogs with bowls of water. These were the sort of classic instantly friendly cruisers I've encountered all to infrequently on the ICW this summer. I'm on the phone today trying to coordinate things before we depart the country. So much still to do after all I've done. We'll do as much as possible but there's always something else that can be done before a cruise and at some point you just have to cast off the lines and go. It's looking like the best window is Monday morning but there is a little tropical activity, remnants of Josephine, that has reemerged southeast of the Bahamas and which is heading north, northwest. It may block our departure and if so we will probably head slowly south until as far as the Ft. Lauderdale inlet, which I read is as far timewise from West End, Great Bahama as West Palm due to the northward push from the gulf stream. We'll be taking it day by day from here. Once I depart, internet will be spotty so be prepared for far less frequent posts.

Lake Fort Worth Anchorage
hot and humid, but not too humid
09/12/2008

I'm cooking spaghetti with meat sauce and with lots of vegies while awaiting the sun to go down. When it gets dusk I will drop the dingy and take the dogs to shore. Jody is not coming until tomorrow mid-day so I have a little more time to get things as ready as possible for her.

Cruising To Palm Beach, Florida
Nice, breezy, and warm
09/12/2008

I left the beautiful anchorage at Peck Lake around 9:30 am. and proceeded about 20 nm south to the Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage. It was a beautiful cruise, everything from mansions to the beautiful tiki bars being built as depicted in the photograph above. Lake Worth is a great place to hang out while awaiting cousin Jodi's arrival tomorrow morning with Aunt Marlene. We are anchored in 12 feet (my favorite amount of depth) and there is plenty of shopping close by. There are sailboats moored and anchored close by so maybe I will meet someone. The dingy landing is close as I've seen another cruiser take his dingy to collect water. I've got the wind shade up and the wind gen on as we're going to be here for a couple of days. This is a well protected anchorage and thus a good place to bring on a new sailor.

Another Atlantic Beach Accessible Anchorage
nice so far, I've got the screens up just in case
09/11/2008, Peck Lake Anchorage, just north of Palm Beach

I'm at the last remote anchorage on the ICW that I will be experiencing for a while, if ever. It didn't fail to impress. I'm really just off the channel, but far enough so that no barges will bother me. The land between the ICW and the Atlantic ocean is very thin and we dingied into shore at dusk and walked the path in less than a minute. I'm starting to see some lighter blue in the waters, which is nice, but nothing too impressive yet. The dogs found a coconut and were completely entranced by it, especially Jake. He wanted to rip it apart piece by piece and take it home with him. I finally convinced them to get back into the dingy and we returned to TD, where I made dinner. So far it is nice out and we are not being attacked by mozzies.

A Taste Of Choppy ICW
09/11/2008

They say the photographs never depict the actual waves and this is true for this picture. My trek from Vero Beach to my last remote anchorage on the ICW was as windy and wavy as the the last few days of traveling. Today the winds peaked at 16 knots (about 20 mph) and the waves created enough spray to keep things cool and interesting. At one point I became downright chilled and thought about putting on more clothing. That didn't last long.

Morning In Vero Beach
muggy but cooler in the early morning
09/11/2008

It was a muggy night. I slept in Anne's bed (the biggest bed in the whole boat, of course) but couldn't get too comfortable due to the humidity. I let Jake sleep out on deck and he did fine. When I took them on a walk before departing Jake determined to chase two balls into the river and wound up getting himself lost in the mangroves and I just about had a kaniption (sp) before he was retrieved. Jake is such a rebel and he's getting worse as he ages and becomes more independent. Anne, my baby, did something to her right front paw. I think she punctured one of the pads on a pricker or something. It is just a little hole but it is bleeding a tiny bit every time she takes a step. The sailboat is littered with little red dogs from Anne walking about. I'm monitoring it closely and even (this is going to seriously gross you out) licked it clean the way she licked my foot injury clean - she deserves at least that. It tasted salty and her paw pad was rough on the tongue. I know this sounds gross but I can't tell you how many times Anne has brought me comfort by licking my legs or feet at just the right time.

Moored In Vero Beach
overcast but comfortable
09/10/2008

After an arduous day of cruising in open windy conditions we went through about 8 miles of well protected canals that were calm and beautiful. When I looked up from the page of my book we were at the bridge depicted in the photograph above. I made the sharp turn to the east, called the marina on the VHF for my assignment (#5) and managed to hook the crud encrusted line and tie it off securely to the sailboat. We are moored in this calm mangrove lined lagoon. No bugs either last night or tonight - so nice to just leave the hatches open to the night air. Dropped the dingy and put on the motor, left the dogs on the boat, and went to pay the $12 nightly fee (anchoring is forbidden in Vero but these moorings are sweet). I can do laundry here and exchange some books and tackle several other projects today before heading the remaining 70 miles to Palm Beach Thursday and Friday.

Damn Thieves
09/10/2008, Dragon Head Anchorage

I met a nice gentleman from Argentina living in the anchorage who had his dingy stolen and was rowing to and from his sailboat. For a subsistence liveaboard this sort of loss is enormous. If I hadn't left my 2hp in the Rebounder up in Oriental, NC, I would have seriously considered giving it or selling it cheap to him. I've heard outboards are not too expensive in the Bahamas if mine goes missing. To avoid that I've taken to attaching it to the davits and raising it a bit out of the water to make it more a part of the boat and to keep water out.

Playing Ball At Dragon Point Anchorage
09/10/2008

It's amazing how a good protected anchorage makes for a calm stay. The wind yesterday and today has been strong thanks to Ike, around 20 mph for long periods. We've driven through it without trouble. I've seen 4 foot waves on the ICW in areas where it is wide.

I'm On A Fast Food Thing And It Tastes Good (But Salty)
cool breeze
09/08/2008, Dragon Point Anchorage

You'd think this was foodblogs, but it happens that the food is such an integral part of the sailing/cruising experience that the picture of dinner is often as significant as the beautiful sunset. As you can see, I'm hardly living off of freeze dried packets (though I do have a few from an experiment I did last year - another story completely). Well, I'm off for a hot deck shower while the water is still piping hot from today's cruise. I hope the 1/2 moon doesn't put out too much light.

 

 
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