Champ III: Going Places

The adventure starts here.

Melbourne Florida – April 2, 2013

Fort Pierce was a great stop, but time to continue north. Left in mix clouds and sunshine at 8:30. Not a lot of traffic on the water and the wind was not to bad for the first half of the trip but picked up later.

This section of the ICW is known as the Indian River and for the most part is about 3/4 to 1 mile wide. The channel is still relatively narrow and definitely needs to be followed. Not a lot of development but there are pockets along the way and some really big homes in a few areas. We passed thru Vero Beach area and Sebastion Inlet/River area. Some of the channel markers were over 1/2 mile apart and not real evident at first but the chartplotter and the binoculars really help.

Melbourne Harbor is not a real bid marina but nicely laid out with 2 restaurants in walking distance. One of the restaurants is the Chart House which is a Landry Corp establishment. Landry bought the Chuck Muer restaurants in Michigan after he and his wife died. Lenore and I dined at the Chart House last night. Nice place with great food and a great view of the ICW.

There is a park across the road from the marina and Candy enjoyed walking thru it. The park has a launch ramp and a long shoreline. A pretty nice facility.

The pictures today are from the trip up from Fort Pierce and the area around Melbourne Harbor. We saw a yacht from Sitka Alaska which is certainly the furthest from home of any boat we have seen on the trip. They came in late yesterday afternoon and were on the water by 7:30 this morning.

We had some rain late yesterday afternoon. Just got the edge of a storm that went to the north so it only rained here about 1/2 hour. Less humid today and the temps will be in the high 70’s down from yesterday’s mid 80’s.

We will stay here today and tomorrow we will be back on the water headed north.  The next stop is Titusville.