Man, I’m so glad the site is up and running again. Crazy thing is, no one can really tell me what happened. Bluehost, who hosts the site blamed Cloudflare who does the DNS and name server stuff. Cloudflare blamed Bluehost, of course. In any case, it’s fixed. Keep your fingers crossed..
We left Marathon and a whole bunch of friends in order to travel to Miami to help Sail Away Catamarans with the Miami Boat Show. We hadn’t seen Tommy and Amy since we left Annapolis and were looking forward to getting together again. The trip up was pretty uneventful because we were able to get a decent weather window. It had been blowing 25 knots for what seemed like days and then the fronts passed through and gave us a reprieve. The first night we anchored in Tarpon Basin, which is in Key Largo. The nice thing about Tarpon Basin is that you can have 360 degree protection from any high winds. Since it’s circular in shape, just tuck in close to shore from whatever direction the wind is blowing and you’re all good. When anchoring, keep an eye out for the grass and try to avoid dropping the hook there, look for the sandy spots and drop there instead.
The boat show was an exhausting five day affair, but as usual, was really fun too. We really enjoy talking to all the people we meet and watching Tommy and Amy work their magic is always a treat. The weather was just about perfect except for the last day when it blew like crazy. Amy ended up calling the tent rental people because the tent was starting to blow apart. One piece fell off and almost hit me in the head while Amy was watching pieces fall off and go in the water.
After the boat show wrapped up it was time to start heading north again. This time would be a little different in the fact that we were going to go through Georgia. Normally, we skip Georgia by going outside in Florida and coming back in at Charleston. By “outside” I mean using the ocean instead of the ICW. It’s typically a 35-40 hour run and saves quite a bit of time. But since we lost the autopilot due to a blown seal, the outside run doesn’t sound so great, having to hand steer on an overnight run. So, we might just pay Savanna a visit as we’ve never been there.
Leaving Miami at 8 o’clock in the morning we took the Government cut out and headed offshore for Fort Lauderdale. We really didn’t have a firm plan on where we were stopping for the night. Once you get into Fort Lauderdale and start heading up the ICW the bridges can really take their toll on you. Our first year in this area we were doing 20 mile days and feeling completely exhausted at the end of the day. I really didn’t have much of a clue as to how to properly time the bridge openings. Between Fort Lauderdale and Lantana there are more then a dozen bridges to open. It took us a couple of trips to really get it dialed in and figured out. By integrating the chartplotter in the timing process we pretty much have it down pat now. This trip, what before would take us two and a half days, now took us a day. It was a long day at 61 nautical miles, but we never missed one opening or waited longer then five minutes or so for an opening. We may get this cruising thing down yet..
The run from Lantana to Lake Worth is a short 12 miles or so, so we stopped in North Palm Beach to have ice cream at one of our favorite ice cream stores, Slone’s. The place is pretty incredible with some really awesome flavors. I had the rum raisin and Michele had a scoop of coffee and a scoop of coconut. The flavor in every scoop was just intense and delicious. It’s well worth the side trip and really, North Palm Beach is worth an overnight stay. So now here we are in Lake Worth getting ready to leave in the morning after a walk to the mall to see Star Wars. We’ll do a four day run which will bring us to St. Augustine, where we’ll stay a few days, rest and catch up with the laundry.
This is the Seaport at Miami. You would think that it would be a little more upscale. You would be wrong…
A Disney cruise ship in Government cut. If there is only one cruise ship docked you can use the Cut. If there are two or more then you have to use Fisherman’s Cut.
The Government Cut headed out..
North Palm Beach
The rum raisin at Sloan’s Ice Cream
Sloan’s Ice Cream Parlor
Here’s the crazy bathroom door at Sloan’s. When you go inside you can see outside, which goes to say people can see inside. It took me a while to realize when you lock the door it somehow turns opaque.
The anchorage at N. Palm Beach. If it’s too crowded just use the free dock or anchor just across the ICW channel.
Mega yacht parking in Palm Beach…
Michele saw this bush on the way to the mall and thought it was beautiful!
The dinghy “dock” at the Lake Worth anchorage. Not the greatest. Plan on getting wet boarding and getting off the dink. Also, because of the tides, it’s one of the few places it’s ok to leave your motor up..