"When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure." Alice Hoffman.
We made it safely to Ft Lauderdale....who hoo! 8 days and 350 miles thru rain rain, wind, and cold, with a couple of sunny days in the mix. It was an experience of a lifetime.... And now that Glory Days is on the south end of Florida, the real journey begins….
Awesome dawn leaving Vero Beach anchorage.... It would be our sunniest day for the journey.
Bring it on.
This guy is decked out for everything needed to live off the grid...solar and wind generators, full enclosures, etc
Dixon deserved this rest... He was awesome crew and I cannot thank him enough... We actually got on quite well to be in such tight quarters for 8 days... A great guy and trooper to the max!
There was a sweet beach access from our stay at Loblolly Marina in Hobe Sound
Up the mast to replace a bulb…
MORE SHOTS ALONG THE WATERWAY...
Just a little house on the hill with an ocean view is all she wanted… wow.
Forging ahead during a sunny spot of an overcast, cold week
Altho it was tempting to dart out the St Lucie pass above, small craft warnings were issued for the afternoon so I just smiled at the weather ....
Purple Crocs and happy feet.
Lovely day sailing south along the Indian River.
An overnite Marina stay at Hobe Sound had a perfect beach access.
Boys will be boys… video below…
Surfers enjoyed the oversized waves created by the cold front
Dixon motoring around loblolly Marina
This video of tidal current moving against a buoy shows you why it's not always an easy job to get where you want to go… especially if it involves moving AGAINST a current… Fortunately, we had the the tidal current, and the wind, on our side for much of the way.
This is the first of 18 more drawbridges we would pass through on our final day to Ft. Lauderdale …. It was usually a race against time to get to the next bridge just in time for the next scheduled opening, usually on the half hour… if you miss the opening time, you must "hover", in high winds and rain, until you can get thru on the next opening….
Boca Raton.... I'm sure it's a lovely site to come back to one day… but for us, it was one of the more windy days we encountered…. By now the waters have turned a lovely aqua blue... So different from the grey brown waters of the waters north… quite noticeable….
this was a little traffic jam along the ICW… everybody wants under the bridge at the same time… the rule of the sea is that the vessel going with the tide has the right of way to pass under the bridge first since he has less control over his forward motion than those approaching against the tide… some folks tho, don't know the rules, so always beware.
Lake Worth is quite the industrial port… busy, busy, boats and ships everywhere...
These metal extensions are called davits. They allow you to hoist and store your dinghy easily off the stern off your boat....I bought these from fellow sailor on a Hobe Sound who makes them. I will install them permanently this week… another gadget to improve the lifestyle… hopefully, the spending is almost over… yeah, right...
The lights og North Palm Beach as seen from our anchorage…. another long day slogging down the miles from daybreak to dusk…
The final 10 miles were quite special as the excitement built… the final mile was a bit emotional….I choked up because we had come so far it seems.. at the speed we went, it was like walking the length of Florida…
We dropped the anchor in Sunrise Bay, which is less than a half mile from our friends Craig and Linda' condo… The rain would not let up, but we motored over to their place in Dazy, the dingy… We had a toast of Grand Mariner to celebrate our arrival before boarding the dinghy… Craig took these photos as we motored down the narrow channel to his home… thankfully, he has a boat slip where Glory Days can rest for the remainder of the month, until I head even further south.
|Our final approach|
|We are greeted Coming ashore!!|
The next day we moved Glory Days into the slip at Craig and Linda's place… They live on a little canal that is connected to the Intracoastal Waterway… perfecto.