EVEN NOW; WITH A THOUSAND LITTLE VOYAGES UNDER MY BELT.
I STILL FEEL A MEMORIAL CHILL ON CASTING OFF.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
BYE, BYE USA - Hope to be back soon (careful what you wish for).
8:30 AM Departure for the Bahamas - passing by Cape Florida Lighthouse on our port.
HELLO USA -
10:30 AM Arrival back in Biscayne Bay - passing Cape Florida Lighthouse on our starboard.
Well we gave it a good effort - seas where pretty good until we hit the gulf stream and then it got ugly. The forecast for 1-3 was 4-6 and on the horizon we could see "elephant trunks (10 foot seas). With sagging spirits we brought our little ship around and headed back to No Name Harbour.
The day before in preparation for our depature we had tied up at the wall, got our bikes down and biked to the Winn-Dixie about a mile and a half away to re-provision for the trip. The park that surrounds the harbour is beautiful - it has more than a mile of ocean beach with lots of hiking and biking trails. We decided to tour some of the trails and hiked to Cape Florida Lighthouse a 95 foot structure that was originally built in 1825. You may anchor overnight in the harbour for a $20.00 fee which allows you to use all of the trails and facilities including a pump out station, showers, laundry and trash disposal. From 8 AM to 11PM you may tie up on the wall for a $2.00 fee which also allows use of all the facilities. We enjoyed the park and are now back on the wall regrouping, and trying to decide what our next plan is.
Well at least Izzy is happy.
Hiking and Biking Trails
Cape Florida Lighthouse
Boats anchored in No Name Harbour
Our anchorage the night before our impending crossing - looking at downtown Miami.
Sunset over Miami
I said to Izzy "are you ready to go to the Bahamas" and she is like "WHAT?????"
Rick, Deb and Izzy aboard M/V Broulee