Jan 19th Nana and Nandad heading out from Glover Blight into the Okeechobee waterway, along miserable mile into San Carlos Bay which is part of the ICW and anchored at Darling National Wildlie Refuge which is on Sanibel Island.
Jan 20th Leaving Sanibel and heading into Pine Island Sound Nana and Nandad listened to the inauguration of our new President Trump. Anchored at North Captiva for lunch and then attempted to cross Captiva Pass which was not so smart- do not follow our lead.Nandad being the best Captain ever brought us through even though at one point we were three feet with a sand bank right on our starboard - the good part is we made it and finally attempted to sail on the Gulf of Mexico. Coming through Boca Grande Pass was well marked and we anchored off Punta Blanco Island off Cayo Costa.
Jan 21st after another amazing sunset dinner with incredible night sky and such palpable peace Nana woke to catch the sunrise which was spectacular in more ways than one can describe. After yoga, reading and a terrific breakfast we were ready for what turned out to be a wonderful sail in Charlotte Hbr. After we headed down towards Useppa Island , Cabbage Bay and back into Tarpon Marina passing the very creative Jasper's Bait shop floating in the river cove. Very creative
Today Jan 22 we are having a layday listening to 20 knots plus of wind and expecting some very heavy rain with possible higher winds. That is when it's nice to be cosy in the Marina. Heading back home tomorrow after two very interesting weeks that took on twists and turns Nana and Nandad would never have expected. But again is that not what boating is all about, the first picture is Sunset at Boca Grande. The second gives you an idea of where we were , the third is the miserable mile on the Caloosahatchee River where all boats slow down so there is literally a traffic jam and the last picture is the bait shop on the floating dock- an innovative idea for Newport. No more blog until I.E. is ready to go again which we hope will be no later that end of February fair winds and safe seas to all.