As February comes to a close, our sailing adventures begin the northbound migration. The past several weeks have been filled with some good sailing, though most of it close-hauled made much more enjoyable by our new genoa.
Since our last post from Lake Okeechobee, we enjoyed the sailing of Pine Island Sound and the beautiful Gulf beaches of Cayo Costa and Don Pedro State Parks before sailing down the coast to the city of Naples, an often overlooked gem as a cruising stop. Moorings at $10 a night with a 4 night limit pretty much guarantees one will be available at the city marina, a short walk to the beach and a bike ride to several good grocery stores. Cruising often reminds us of the power of nature. Leaving Big Marco Pass on an ebb tide with 15 knots of Northwest wind and 3 to 4 foot seas, we looked out and saw only breakers all the way across the inlet. Prudence prevailed and we turned around, anchored, and waited a few hours for the current to slacken then had a safe passage into the Gulf and a great sail down the coast to Little Shark River in the heart of the Everglades arriving at midnight.
Our time in the Keys was mostly spent with the visit from our daughter and son in-law at Key West while at a marina on Stock Island where our friend Justin lives onboard his Pearson 35. Leaving the pristine waters of the Keys we spent a few days at Black Point Marina to visit with Ron’s brother and sister-in-law and helped out with a few projects and Ron got to practice his welding.
Anchored quietly enjoying the sights of Ft. Lauderdale from Lake Silvia, the location of a tornado last week that capsized two boats; we are making plans for stops along Florida’s Atlantic coast and a road trip to Pensacola to visit Kathy’s Mom and her two brothers.