Well, we are in Jacksonville as planned. The Marina At Ortega Landing is probably one of the best marinas we've ever stayed at.
Today was another shuffling of vehicles. We drove the truck and trailer down to our destination, Sanford Florida and rented a car and drove back to Jacksonville. We stocked up on provisions and are fully loaded. Tomorrow we will relax and just take care of a few odds and ends. Then on Wednesday we will do some sightseeing around Jacksonville. On January 3rd we will shove off early in the morning and start our journey down the St. John's River. As I had mentioned before the St. John's River is one of the few rivers that actually flows north. As one travels south the river becomes much more narrow and brings you back in time to an environment that the early settlers of Florida saw.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Last Sunday we took a 20 mile cruise to Tarpon Basin through the Marvin D. Adams waterway. This waterway has an interesting history. It is a manmade cut made by Marvin as part of his development plans. You can read this interesting story at http://www.keyshistory.org/thecut.html .
Today is our last day of boating and being in the Keys. We hate to go!
The day will be spent getting ready for the motor trip home and getting my last conch soup at the Key Largo Fisheries. The Pilot House Marina was a great spot to stay and even a great spot to stop by when in the Keys. Their restaurant has great food and music as well as a reasonably priced broad menu.
We learned a lot on this trip and discovered that we should use the trailering ability of the boat to our advantage. By trailering to places you can then set up a home base for a couple of weeks and do cruising from there. Staying in a marina for a week or more has considerable slip fee savings and a month is even better. Also being at a marina with truck and trailer gives you a vehicle which also works out nicely. So next year we will plan three or four major stops with trailering in between.
Well folks this is the end of Florida Cruise 2012.
|See you next year!|
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
|This is a seafood facility across from us. The freshest fish can |
bought here straight off the boats. They also prepare meals.
One of the best tasting meals the whole trip.
The cormorants seem to be a little smarter than the crew of ILLUSIONS.
|A view of the marina from our boat.|
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
|At the dock with Will-C AKA the DEEMS|
|Friendly little creature|
|The Last Supper. |
Went fishing and put together a Putanessca dish. Quite good!
Friday, March 9, 2012
|Roam on departure|
|Rich, Cheryll, Jess, Mike|
We are approaching 2 weeks in Marathon. The next few days will be busy, Jenna our daughter will be visiting for a couple of days and the Deems will arrive on Saturday in their boat and will be with us for the rest of our trip. We met the Deems 3 years ago on the Erie Canal and have shared adventures since then. We can't wait to see them. Maybe because they are so much fun to be with or perhaps it is supplies from Trader Joe's that they are delivering to us upon arrival. Today our newest friends Rich and Cheryll form “ROAM” have left to continue the rest of their trip. It was a sad departure, but we anticipate meeting again in our travels. The boating community is a great place and a small world. You meet people from all walks of life with one thing in common, adventure. Every day is a learning experience with everyone willing to share their experiences such as places to dock and anchor, routes to take or how to fix something. Rich taught me how to whip the ends of your lines to prevent them from fraying. What a great project in the mid- afternoon while sitting by the boat; two friends whipping line and shooting the breeze. Can it get any better than that? There is always someone willing to help you with your project and take you to the store in their car. The internet has made it possible to maintain your friendship and share your experiences along the way.
|No caption necessary|
|ROAM & ILLUSIONS starring in |
"Honey I shrunk the boats"
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Well, we spent 2 days on Sanibel Island. What a nice place! We rode bikes for about 15 miles and went to Ding Darling preserve. There is a great trail that you can do by bike, walking or car and stop along the way. You can fish, picnic and do some birding along the way. We saw white pelicans and saw a guy catch a huge trout. You could probably spend a day or two just meandering around the water ways in a dingy. We also met a group of people that are from Newtown and had dinner with them at a restaurant called Traders. Traffic around here during the day was bumper to bumper, bikes are definitely a good means of transportation.
We were fortunate to get an invitation from another Tugnutter and use their dock while here, so docking was free, so you can't beat that! Today we start heading south and will be at Pelican Yacht Club at Wiggins Pass.
|Two tugs on the canal, mirror image!|
Friday, February 10, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
|A Rialto Harbor Rooster takes|
a liking to Eggbert
|Our friendly porpoise flipping |
in the distance.
|Last night's dinner, Steak, |
Brussel sprouts and quinoa
|I paid $47.00 for a fishing License|
and this is what I get!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Since it is so nice and serene here we decided to stay another day. Last night we went on a one hour boat tour provided by the facility. You brought your own booze and snacks. About 15 people attended and it was a fun time The section of the Okeechobee waterway that we are on is the Caloosahatchee River. Caloosahatchee is a term give to it by the Indians meaning beautiful river, so in essence translated it is the “Beautiful River River”! The section we are on is between two locks, the Franklin Lock, down river and the Ortona Lock, up river. I have attached a brief video of a lock door closing for those of you interested.
Friday, February 3, 2012
We are at the Rialto Harbor Docks. Go to their website for complete details, http://www.rialtoharbor.com/. This is an absolutely lovely place located on 12 acres with a pool, tennis courts and other amenities. They will drive you back and forth to town and tonight they are bringing all the guests on a cocktail cruise, BYOB. It is a little pricy at $2.50 per foot with a 30 foot minimum. They bring you a newspaper and flowers in the morning right to your door. We will stay here for a couple of days. I will do a little fresh water fishing and we will do a bit of exploring in town.
|Egret on in the brush while |
on the waterway.
|On the Docks at Alva.|
|Waiting for the looooong train to pass.|