Moving On South
31 October 2015 | Rodriguez Key
We spent a few days visiting brother Denny and Shannon, ands as usual, had a wonderful time. Great food and conversation all around. We were up early at 3:30 AM and had the anchor up by 4 to get out of Lake Worth Inlet before the flood tide and to have time to reach Miami in the daylight. We had a gentle motor sail down the coast with the wind starting at 5-10 knots out of the north and ending with 20 out of the southeast. We decided to go in at Government Cut in Miami to get out of the wind and chop. We bucked the tide going in but enjoyed the show of Miami and its harbor. As we entered there is Fisher's Island to the south, covered with condos and more being built, and only accessible by ferry. Probably very exclusive and expensive. We ducked out of Government Cut and into the shipping channel south of Dodge Island and through the main ship terminal. Lots of activity with tugs and barges, containers loading and unloading off large ships, reminding us of passing through New York. Also the Miami skyline was impressive and beautiful, very tropical. We carried on down to Key Biscayne and anchored in the bight for a calm night. The Miami skyline was our entertainment for the evening. The next morning we got the anchor up at 7:30 to be at the Crandon Park fuel dock at 8AM for fuel and water, and then headed out the Cape Florida Channel and Down to the Hawk Channel, the passage inside the reefs of the Florida Keys. We had a nice motor sail down to Rodriguez Key, where we anchored for the night. We plan to head down to the Marker 5 Channel today and pass through the keys and head south of the Everglades and up past Cape Sable and then north to Boca Grande, where we'll spend a few days.