How the Otherside Lives
07 December 2018
We have had a busy 2 days in Fort Lauderdale tending to last minute details before we head off to the Bahamas. The original plan had been to stage to Key Biscayne today but we decided to stay here one more night. It doesn't look like there will be a weather window for us before Wednesday so we're in no rush. We spent Thursday shopping for last minute items then headed to the local hangout for happy hour. They know how to capture an audience, they charge $10 for the dinghy dock but deduct it from your bar bill. My nephew Mark happened to be in town so we met him for dinner and caught up on the news from back home.
This morning was another hot sunny start to the day so we hung around the boat tinkering on a few things before heading out for a dinghy tour with Paul and Laurie. Fort Lauderdale has 165 miles of canals, so with portable Nav equipment in hand we headed off for the afternoon. The canals are lined with homes of all sizes and costs, as well as, there are boats everywhere. A lot of home owners don't even own boats but rent their docks out, so a small bungalow might have a 60' boat tied up in front of it.We followed the New River right into downtown and were blown away by the opulence of some of the properties. When our tour was over we met up with another boat to make plans to head further south tomorrow.
Before dinner this evening Paul and I headed off by dinghy to top up our fuel cans prior to leaving tomorrow. We want to leave here with full tanks since fuel in the Bahamas is a lot more expensive and of questionable quality. Once our errands were done it was time to relax over a bbq dinner while we admired the neighborhood.
Today's picture is of one of the many mega yachts in the area. It is impossible to imagine how many mega yachts are around and their effect on the local economy.