The Everglades

Ahhh, now that we’re back in the land of 4G service and wifi, I can update what we’ve been up to. We left Key Largo and anchored in Long Key Bight, which is right next to the Five Mile Channel Bridge. Great protection here and a good jumping off point for heading up the Gulf Coast. While anchored there, a large monohull came into the anchorage. I should say, tried to come into the anchorage. Being a catamaran, we only draw four feet of water, so we’re comfy anchoring in five feet of water if necessary. Dependent on tide of course. I watched him come in and head right for us and told Michele, ” he’s gonna run aground”. No sooner did the words come out, he slid to a stop on the bottom. I took the dink over to see if I could help and really the only thing to do was wait for the tide to come in. Thankfully, there was enough tide to float him off and he left after getting unstuck.

The next hop was to Little Shark River which was uneventful, although the water was a milky white the whole way up. The recent storms had stirred up the sandy bottom I think. For the next three days we really had no cell service to speak of. Kinda nice, but kinda inconvenient at the same time. The next day was the run to Panther Key where we caught up with friends Bud, Jen, Tim and Jill onboard their Gemini catamarans. We always have an awesome time with these guys. With all three boats gathered in one spot, we sorta alternate whose boat dinner is going to be on. Great food, great conversation and then afterwards we play dominos, cards or a dice game. It seems the laughter hardly ceases.

From Panther Key, we’ll start making short hops in the 10,000 Islands area of the Everglades. Those posts are coming….

The sailboat that tried to anchor by us. You can see he’s stuck and trying to back off the shoal. Look at his exhaust on the left side, starting to overheat and on the right side the bottom he’s stirring up…

The nice thing about being inside the park boundary is no crab traps to dodge. Unfortunately, some areas are too shallow for us so it’s dodging crab traps…

The amazing color of the water on the way up the coast..

We always seem to capture a trap when we’re in the Gulf…This was wrapped around the prop…

Bud and Jen getting ready to do some fishing..

Michele exploring the back water..

Bud cast netting for bait fish..

The result…

When the tide goes out and the dink is on the beach, you’re thankful for friends to help drag it back in the water!

Local Osprey’s

Yes, even catamarans go aground sometimes. Here we are twenty feet from the gas dock and waiting for the tide to come in so we can top off with diesel.

 

Until then….

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