Sunrise On Passage To West End, Bahamasnice
I am writing from the anchorage outside the marina in West End, Bahamas. We arrived safely after a fairly pleasant crossing. It rained just as we were about to depart in the middle of the night so everything was wet and clammy as we made our final preparations. The waves got pretty large as we left the inlet and went to sea. The rolling of the sailboat made me a little nervous but I determined to press on and after about an hour the seas started to calm. This shot is about 2.5 hours into the journey as the sun came up over the Atlantic.
The Dingy, The Full Moon, Tropical Dreamer, And the InletKeith, nice and cool breeze
It's been quite nice on the boat since Jodi arrived. We had a great evening last night, a nice walk with the dogs this morning to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and breakfast, and a pleasant cruise to the Peanut Island Anchorage this morning. Over the course of the day we organized the provisions and gear, reviewed the charts, filled up with diesel, gasoline and water. We are presently anchored adjacent to the inlet where we will be heading out to sea tomorrow early morning. The weather looks good, the boat is as good as can be, and we are as ready as we're going to be. We will wake up early in the morning, take the dogs to the shore one more time by the light of the full moon, put the dingy up on deck, and head off for West End Bahamas. Wish us luck.
Aunt Marlene And I At The Dingy LandingNice (meaning hot and humid)
09/13/2008, North Lake Forth Worth, Florida
I arrived at the meeting point in front of the grocery store and my cousin and aunt were waiting. I jumped into the air conditioned car and we spent the afternoon provisioning and ended with lunch at the local BBQ joint. Aunt Marlene was great, schlepping with us to store after store to get all the things on my list. We had a really nice time together and I actually got teary eyed when it was time to depart. It was just so joyful to be with family after several months on my own. We loaded the dingy to the brim with bags of food and dog food and gear and headed to TD. Jodi was hooked as soon as we departed on the zodiac and it only got better as she enjoyed her first sunset at anchorage. It was great. We took the dogs together to shore in the darkness with only the full moon and a couple flashlights. While walking them we stepped into the air conditioned entrance to this shopping area and hung out there in comfort while this nice young girl gave the dogs a massage that made them melt in her arms. Then we dingied back to the boat and took dips in the relatively clear but night time dark water. It is something I wouldn't have done myself but after I saw Jodi do it I had to give it a try. It's almost as good as a hot fresh water shower. Very cooling. And when you get out the breeze really cools you off and it feels great. Going to have to make dips a regular part of the routine. Now I know why the dogs jump into the water every chance they get. We're still trying to figure out where Jodi will sleep but for tonight she's camped out with the cockpit pads and towels on the front deck in full view of this beautiful breezy evening. Another thing I would not have done but she claims to be extremely comfortable. So far so good. I had such a great time with Aunt Marlene and cousin Jodi and such a wonderful time sharing this cruising lifestyle with Jodi this first evening. I hope it continues to be great as we transition into this next phase of this adventure.
Dinging From The North Lake Fort Worth LandingKeith, nice and breezy
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 Anchoragehot and humid, but not too humid
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, FloridaNice, breezy, and warm
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 Anchoragenice 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 ICW09/11/2008
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 Beachmuggy but cooler in the early morning
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 Beachovercast but comfortable
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.
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