30 January 2010
We kick around the boat this morning; Judy doing emails and Skype calls, me to West Marine to return stuff and buy new stuff. It's pleasant here off of Key Largo this morning and we don't feel inclined to move too quickly.
There's supposed to be a front coming late tonight with winds clocking from south to northwest and while it's not supposed to be vigorous, we decide to move to the next sound which offers greater protection. So around noon, we haul anchor and motor the five miles through a mangrove swamp to Tarpon Basin.
The channel is narrow but pretty and soon it opens up onto this basin which is surprisingly unpopulated. In fact, it reminds Judy and I of Foshay Lake off the Saint John River where you barely see any development nor other boats. We anchor off the channel in 8 feet of water. Later we go ashore to see what's up. Judy takes Chopin and I venture to the Publix (our version of Superstore). The dinghy landing is at the municipal building and by chance there is a wedding happening at the shore. So, Judy and Chopin are well amused by the pomp and circumstances of a Florida Key wedding while I tromp to the store for a very few provisions.
We return to Sea Sharp then to our boat neighbour, Rhumb Line for sundowners. On our way to their boat by dinghy we see Manatees ( Sea Cows). This is really a pleasant and quiet place.
Back to Sea Sharp for movies.........Judy is watching Nights in Rondanth, a Nicholas Sparks. So I can expect tears tonight......