29 April 2016
The weather was beautiful in Ft. Pierce. Warm sunny days and cool breezy nights. Big fat pelicans came by to visit every night. There was an on going fish feeding frenzie with fish bumping into the boats. Monday we ordered the part for the boat repair. Tuesday, Carl's cousin Brenda took us to verizon (my phone died, it was 4 years old and apparently that is ancient), the grocery store and then we had lunch together. That afternoon, Davido installed the part..... all systems go! Wednesday was spent getting the boat ready to travel again. We went to the Farmer's market for veggies and enjoyed dinner out with Sandra and Davido. Thursday morning, April 28, we left dock at 8:30 a.m.,fueled up and left the marina by 9 a.m. The ICW was calm with S.E. winds 5-10. The thing I love the most about the ICW is the coastal wildlife. There were lots of dolphin and pelicans. The osprey nests were full of babies. And, just like last year, there were white butterflies all around us. We averaged 6-6.5 knots motoring with the head sail all day. We anchored on the edge of the ICW near Cocoa Beach. We ate leftovers from the night before. After dinner a dozen or so dolphins swam by the boat before sunset. Clouds rolled in to spoil the sunset as I wrote my blog, but it was still enjoyable to sit in the cockpit and listen to the thunder. The storm moved around and on south of us. As night fell, we watched the lightning in the distance. I could just make out the silhouettes of a couple of blue heron as they flew by. I recognized them by their squawks.