Plantation Yacht Harbor to Los Olas Marina, Fort Lauderdale — March 30, 2014

Boat Anchorage and US 1 Bridge In Key Largo

Boat Anchorage and US 1 Bridge In Key Largo

Resort Marina in Key Largo

Resort Marina in Key Largo

ICW South of US 1 Bridge

ICW South of US 1 Bridge

ICW South of US 1 Bridge

ICW South of US 1 Bridge

Key Biscayne in Biscayne Bay

Key Biscayne in Biscayne Bay

Port Of Miami Dock Area

Port Of Miami Dock Area

Downtown Miami Skyline

Downtown Miami Skyline

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami With Lawn Art

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami With Lawn Art

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami - Under Construction

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami – Under Construction

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami

ICW-Homes-North-of-Miami

Hwy AIA in Fort Lauderdale

Hwy AIA in Fort Lauderdale

Hwy AIA in Fort Lauderdale

Hwy AIA in Fort Lauderdale

Ocean View In Fort Lauderdale

Ocean View In Fort Lauderdale

Hwy AIA in Fort Lauderdale

Hwy AIA in Fort Lauderdale

Sunrise at The Beach In Fort Lauderdale

Sunrise at The Beach In Fort Lauderdale

An Altlantic Sunrise

An Altlantic Sunrise

 

Well it was nice to be back on the water again.  Last night we had some thunderstorms that rolled thru the Keys and it was pretty gusty and a big light show for awhile.  Today started out cloudy with a chance of a morning shower and then clearing for sunshine.

The wind was up a little but being on the ICW in the Bay, the water was a little choppy but not the six foot waves in Hawk’s Channel in the Atlantic. Traffic was light on the ICW until we got to Miami.  I think everyone was sleeping in this fine Sunday morning.

The boat traffic in and around Miami was crazy but with the sun out so were the boats.  The water looked like Lake St. Clair with the waves coming in all directions and the same with the boats.  It was hard staying in the channel sometimes when boats are coming right at you from the other direction.  There were a couple of times I had to slow down (from 8 mph) to avoid some nut crossing the channel.

We saw a couple of places that were a lot like Gull Island or the sand bar in St. Clair.  The boats were parked all over the place and it looked like a real party going on. As we got further north the traffic thinned out.  Just South of the Fort Lauderdale inlet we had to wait while 2 tugs jockeyed a freighter up the ICW and turned him into the inlet to take him out to the Atlantic.  Pretty interesting to watch and beside we had no choice because they pretty much blocked the ICW.

The houses along most of the ICW was pretty nice.  There are some really large “estate” style homes and some that are under construction.  A lot more homes being built this year than I remember from last year.

Lot of bridges that we are able  to get under while the other traffic has to wait.  We only had one bridge in the Downtown Miami area that was only 12′ clearance, Venetian Way, and we were within a couple of minutes of their opening. I did put the VHF antenna down to make sure we did not damage it.

The Fort Lauderdale area is really busy.  It is spring break time down here an every body wants to go to the beach.  We are 2 blocks from the beach and right next to one of the large Beach Parking Lots. We did carry out from one of the beach side restaurants and it was doing a booming business when I went up to get the food.

 

In and Around Islamorada Florida

Hi Everybody,

I have taken a little break from the posts since the last one but we are close to getting ready to leave to start North on the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW). We have had a great winter in Florida and the weather down here has been spectacular.  I have keep tabs on the winter back home and I am glad we are where we are this year.

We have done a lot of things.  We have been to Key West and Marathon several times.  We have been North to Florida City, Homestead and Kendal on various occasions.  We have had some work done on the boat with update to the salon sofa and new canvas over the cockpit. A little more mundane, we had to have a new water heater put in, Lenore did not want to take cold showers.

The events at the park have been good and pretty entertaining.  We had a nautical flea market that drew in excess of 5,000 people. There was a Bluegrass Festival and we did have an unscheduled duet encore one night during the week a little while ago.  We have had “Pops In The Park” (a couple of times) and Candy and I have watch some high school baseball and Wednesday night is slow pitch softball night.

Today(Saturday) at Founders Park is Woofstock. This is essentially a dog event that started 5 years ago and just keeps growing.  They have musical groups every hour during the whole day on 2 stages and several events for the dogs like a tank for the dogs to see how far they can jump into the water and a race track like a greyhound track with a mechanical rabbit and you can enter you dog, pretty entertaining.  A lot of booths for pet adoption services, pet supplies, souvenirs and a couple of food booths. There are dogs all over the place and Candy did pretty good walking around Woofstock.

We have made some new friends with Phil and Jeannie from Georgia/Tennessee and we were re-acquainted with many of the long term marina residents.  We even had a visit from John and Deni from Blarney Castle.  We traveled with them on the first loop on the Mississippi/Ohio/Cumberland Rivers.  Great couple but unfortunately they ran aground in the lower section of the Tenn Tom and it took several months to repair their boat.  They are on the east coast of the US moving north with the summer and south with the winter while going back home for family weddings/graduations/etc.  They are going to take several more years to complete the loop.

All the restaurants down here with patios(most) are dog friendly.  Candy thinks that is a great idea.  We don’t do it all the time but she has been to a number of different places and enjoyed them.

Stay tuned for the postings as they will start next week.