20 March 2016 | Ft Myers Beach
We rented a car from our friends at Enterprise and ran down to Denny’s to drop the truck off and have a quick visit. We had a wonderful dinner out with them and friends Billy and Barbara to eat some fresh Mahi they’d caught. Then the next day it was back to the boat to get ready to leave. It had been very foggy and that continued, so we decided to forgo leaving Tuesday and opted for Wednesday AM.
Up early the next day, the fog was still thick, but we decided to head out and down the ICW. Navigation was by Braille for a while. I haven’t seen fog so thick since we were in Nova Scotia, and at least there the water is deep. This stretch of the ICW is very shallow outside the channel so Molly was on the bow spotting markers and I was watching the plotter and radar. We only had about 50 yards of visibility, so it was nerve wracking to say the least. We only bumped once and got off easily, so we were lucky. After we got into Sarasota Bay things started to lighten up and eventually the fog burned off. It seemed still thick off shore and what wind we had was in our face so we decided to stay in the ICW and anchored for the night in Lemmon Bay at Englewood.
After a peaceful night, the morning was thick with fog again, but burned off fairly quickly and we moved south past Boca Grande and Pine Island Sound to anchor at the Ding Darling Wildlife refuge on Sanibel. Another peaceful night except for the mosquitoes.
With a forecast of a strong cold front to come we moved down to Fort Myers Beach and picked up a mooring to wait it out. We met some old friends here and had a chance to reminisce a bit and catch up. It looks like the front will blow through here tonight and give us fresh North winds for tomorrow to head south.
The plan now is to top off the fuel in the morning and head down to Long Key and be ready to jump off to the Bahamas at the first opportunity. We should be in to the anchorage at Long by Tuesday PM.