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Day 2 Revisited
04/12/2009, Clewiston

We have found a good internet signal so we can update our second day up the river and across Florida. We left Glover Bight at 8:00 and traveled the Caloosahatchee River past Ft. Myers and on to LaBelle. This river reminded us of waters of the Chesapeake with its creeks and tributaries. The homes kept us interested with their size and beauty. This eight-hour motor took us to the free City Dock of LaBelle, where we tied up stern-to with a bow anchor in the river. We walked off the boat to check out the library across the street and saw a former Regatta Pointe neighbor! After chatting with Jack, we went into the library where David noticed a former Ft. Collins attorney, Tad Wallin. Amazing first five minutes in LaBelle! We joined Tad, who has a home in Labelle, for a cold beer and returned to the boat for dinner and a quiet night.

Day 1 Revisited
04/12/2009, Clewiston, FL

We are currently at Clewiston with access to the internet and will update our previous brief posting. On our first day, we motored from Burnt Store Marina to Glover Bight, an anchorage near Ft. Myers. During the 6 hour trip, we saw about 30 dolphin, several sea turtles, and, at the anchorage, some sting rays. There, we anchored in about 13 feet of water just outside of Tarpon Pointe Marina. The four 13 to 17 story condo buildings were not there when we were there in 2004. It certainly lost some of its rustic charm; but, it is still a good anchorage. After a quiet night, we left the anchorage early for our next leg up the river, past Ft. Myers, to LaBelle.

Day 2
04/10/2009, LaBelle, FL

After running Pine Island Sound Thursday to Glover Bight anchorage, today we motored the Caloosahatchee River for 38 miles to LaBelle. This is an absolutely gorgeous waterway--very deep with undeveloped shore. We're at the City Dock overnight and at the City Library which is closing right now! All is well. More soon.

04/10/2009 | Carrie & Carl Butler
Hey guys, I know that waterway like the back of my hand having grown up in Fort Myers. Happy sailing and have fun in the Abacos. Carrie on Sanctuary
04/11/2009 | Barb & Jim
we'll be thinking of you and checking your story!
Anchors Aweigh
04/09/2009, Burnt Store Marina

We are dropping lines, leaving the slip, and beginning our cruise to the Abacos, the northern group of islands in the Bahamas. The boat is ready and fully provisioned. From here, we will go south to Ft. Myers and travel up the Caloosahatchee River, through Lake O in the middle of Florida, and arrive in Stuart on the East Coast of Florida. This route shoudl take approximately five days, instead of the ten days to go south down through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast. Our goal is then to leave the Palm Beach area for West End, Grand Bahama Island. From there, we hope to spend approximately 30 days cruising the Sea of Abaco before returning home.

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Who: Patty and David Power
Port: Punta Gorda, Florida
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