June 26 Palm Island Marina to Palmetto

  •  6/26/2016
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We were up at 7:00 and had a very restful sleep. It was already a repeat of so many other days on this trip--sunny, humid, and already warm at 80 degrees.  We had a trip of about 75 miles and 5 hours to get home today, so we left the dock at 8:30.  Being a Sunday, I'm sure the weekend boaters will be out in droves today.  There were already a ton of people out on the water when we left the marina.  Now the fun begins!  I don't remember this sunken boat on our trip north, but it looks like it's b...
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June 25 Ft. Myers to Palm Island

  •  6/25/2016
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The sun was just coming up over the horizon, producing clouds of pink and blue when we got up. There were storms in the Gulf, but nothing that should affect us this morning.  It was hot already at 8:00, but we had to do a few things before getting underway.  I took Auggie for an extra long walk so Bob had some time to add oil to the engines.  He had to raise the deck floor of the boat to do so, so it was best if Auggie and I stayed out of the way.  Since it was Saturday, there were more boats o...
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June 24 River Forest Marina to Ft. Myers

  •  6/24/2016
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Ready, set, go!  We were up at 5:45 with the alarm and scurried to get ready.  We wanted to be first at the lock for the 7 AM opening and beat the yacht there.  We didn't want to miss out on this opening because the next opening would be 11:30 AM.  The sun was not up yet, but it was light out.  There was no movement or lights on in the yacht so everything looked good--until it wasn't.  Before we knew it, the yacht was untying the lines and using the bow thrusters to push away from the wall.  It ...
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June 23 Indiantown to River Forest (LaBelle)

  •  6/23/2016
  •   bshaw16872, Cindy
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Last night, we had a star-filled evening sky.  Awesome!  This morning, it was very humid and everything on the boat was wet.  No thunderstorms are expected to pop up along the coast today, but there may be a stray shower this afternoon.  We left Indiantown Marina at 8:15 to get an early start on what's going to be a hot day.  We had the waterway all to ourselves.  There were no other boats for as far as we could see.  After awhile, we came upon this sailboat.  It had left the marina about an h...
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June 22 Vero Beach to Indiantown

  •  6/22/2016
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We seem to wake up around the same time every day even without the alarm clock.  We took Auggie for a long walk today because we have a long day ahead of us.  Last night the winds calmed off and it was a beautiful night--glassy, calm waters with a glowing sky. This morning the wind was dead calm, allowing the sun to produce reflections in the water.  Beautiful! We left Vero Beach at 8:15 and made our way north.  Our destination today is Indiantown on the St. Lucie Canal with one lock to pass t...
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June 21 Harbortown Marina to Vero Beach

  •  6/21/2016
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After such a beautiful night, we woke up to a gorgeous day.  Good thing Ran and Nichole drove up to Orlando last night.  I-95 was closed to traffic in both lanes this morning because of the smoke from that wildfire that was burning last night.  They would have been stuck in traffic for hours.  At first light, we finished our morning routines and pulled away from the dock at 8 AM.  The temps were going to be warmer today, so it's best to travel early while it's 'cooler'.  An unusual looking boat ...
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