In our anchorage in Ft. Pierce, we had a pod of dolphins feeding all around the boat
After we made it into Ft. Pierce, we headed to a marina to take on fuel and water, then we motored to an anchorage and dropped the hook for a good night of sleep. The next few days of weather looked like we wouldn't be able to get back on the outside for 3 or 4 days. So, we did some figuring and found out that we could probably make it to Miami in 3 days of motoring down the ICW. The next day, we revved Perky up and pointed the bow South again, this time though, we were in the relative safety of the ICW. The scenery is nice, and even though it takes longer to make miles than an offshore passage, we always seem to have a good time doing it.
Red to starboard, green to port and don't hit anything. Got it.
The weather was threatening to turn ugly
Kate retreats to the warmth and dryness of the boat
The wind had picked up a lot (notice the palm trees swaying), one of the many mansions on the ICW, near Jupiter, Florida
This pelican was sitting precariously on a small branch - Nice balance
A beautiful golf course in North Palm Beach
We passed million dollar mansion after million dollar mansion
The guide on the Manatee Queen pointed out Tiger Woods mansion for us, Unbelievable!@#
Mangrove trees have an incredible root system
Their smaller boat was called "Don't give a crap"
We made it to our anchorage in Hobe Sound just before a big thunderstorm hit
This guy fished the whole way through the thunderstorm - Quitters never win.
It poured buckets all night. We found out we had a few leaks. We never did before!
Of the numerous mansions we saw, there was no activity on the grounds at all, we had a private tour.
The lighthouse at Jupiter Inlet
A very fancy Yacht Club
Not too many of the mansions had swing sets
Going under one of the 30 some bridges
The tree has taken over
A cruise ship near West Palm Beach. This boat is later put to shame by the Princess Cruise Ship.
A very sleek catamaran
We saw this yacht while waiting for a bridge opening. Check out the black clouds. They brought on a squall just as the bridge finally opened up for us. The wind gusted up to 40mph and we almost had to go through the bridge sideways. This was the beginning of storms and downpour for the entire day.
Looks like I'm gonna get wet
Another draw bridge - We went through 38 draw bridges in 3 days
I love getting rained on, you can't see the sideways rain, but it was there!
The storm is building
Notice damage from the hurricanes on the balcony. This was very common. Mike said that he could always start a roofing company in Florida, if all else fails.
Now it's really coming down - Life is good
Kate is warm and dry - Life is good
I'm glad it's not me out there
This house did not even fit in the shot. On the other side of the house is the ocean. The best of both worlds.
Notice the plywood
Lot's of roof damage
Probably Rush Limbaugh's place. West Palm Beach
One of the nicest draw bridges we came across
The neoprene gloves and booties have come out - Now Mike's getting serious about having fun in the rain
Another mansion that doesn't fit in the picture
This one's for Mike's Mom
This yacht traveled behind us most of the day and finally caught enough bridges to pass us.
The results of 5 hours of standing in the rain - a little pruny
The sunset at our anchorage north a Ft. Lauderdale - Lettuce Lake
The chef at work
Day 3 - Lettuce Lake to Coconut Grove
We left very early to catch bridges "on request". The water was like glass..
We were up and slipping through draw bridges at daybreak
What a dump!
The mirror reflection makes for great pictures!
The Water Buses
Ft. Lauderdale is one of the yacht capitals of the world
After being in the boatyard for 5 months with a 34 foot boat, we have no desire to have anything much bigger
We probably won't see any of these owners in the boatyard
The houses were amazing and so was the amount of trash floating in the ICW
Princess Cruise Ship in Port Everglades
Bayside Marina Miami, Fl