Today was a very interesting hot day. IE cruised appropriately 30 NM which we discovered later was about 10 miles by car. We cruised up Charlotte Harbor to the mouth of the Myakka River where we entered through a single lock and into six miles of canal to reach Safe Cove. Safe Cove is a storage for boats where IE will remain under cover for the summer. It is where the number two arrow on the chart is. Upon arrival we rented an car from enterprise - to make sure this time we make our flight!!!we drove the car across the causeway to Garperrilla Island which was only about 10 miles away.
The sailboat in the lock is named Irish Rose. The tall snowy egrets was our audience as we navigated the lock. It was a long cruise up the canal and we arrived at 2pm. The docks do not have electrical outlets so we were very thankful that IE has a generator - it will be a hot night!
Tomorrow Nandad will meet with the Volvo Engine Mechanic to get an opinion about the starboard engine. Nana will pack up the boat so that we will return in the fall to a nice clean boat. Nana and Nandad are thinking we will book a room at the Gasperilla Inn - if they have availability. This would be a very nice ending to our 2017/2018 cruising adventures. As always we are externally grateful for the opportunity that presents itself to us and we hope we will continue our exploring next fall.