-E.B. White

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The lines have been cut - we finally pulled out from our safe haven at Legacy Harbour Marina after saying goodbye to all our new friends and old friends. It's been a good winter, but time to start thinking about grandkids, gardens, and getting Izzy back to her own big yard. We left Monday the 30th of March along with friends, Rick & Pam on "Tourist" a 48 ft. Sea Ray who were headed to the Bahamas (I think Broulee wanted to go with them - I know the captain did).

We had a nice slow paced uneventful day and anchored at an old favorite spot at Cape Haze about 50 miles north of Ft. Myers. Joni you will remember this anchorage where we regrouped after our FIRST terrifying time going aground in Oct. 2000. Nice quiet night, however Izzy could not figure out where the dock went and the evening docktails people.

Headed out next morning to continue our journey north when Rick spotted a trawler approaching heading south with bikes up top. He then turned to me and said "did we put our bikes up top?" Oh, crap!!!! Our first thought was to just leave them, then we started figuring out how much was invested in bikes, seats and locks versus fuel to go back and the bikes won. Rick remembered that some friends from the marina had talked about going out to Ft. Myers Beach which would save us some time not having to go back up the Caloosahatchee River. They agreed to meet us at the beach with the forgotten bikes. We had not done the beach thing before and it turned out to be a fun experience.

Bike rescue - thank you Donnie and Marilyn - we owe you one or maybe two.

Izzy loved the beach - she got to dinghy ashore everyday for her daily walk. Much more relaxed in the dink now - she likes to drag her paw in the water saying look at me mom - wheeeee.

The girls shopped a little bit and the guys headed for the pier.

 Busted. Rick & Donnie caught eyeballing the beach babes.

Donnie & Marilyn (former trawler people now on a 40 ft Carver called Kasey's Choice) leaving just ahead of us from the Ft. Myers Beach anchorage. We had a great couple of days and time to head north (again) for our possible crossing of the gulf to Carrabelle hopefully Saturday and Sunday.

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