Saying Goodbye to FMB and Saying Hello to The Everglades

Getting ready to say goodbye to Fort Myers Beach.

Do to the lack of internet I am going to catch up on my blogs while we are here in Key West.

We had an amazing time in Fort Myers Beach. Everything you need is at your fingertips. We took a trolley for .75 cents into Walmart. The Trolley takes you to the beach and many other stops too. They also have a free choo-choo that takes you to many places.  We also dinged into the grocery store. The dock is right behind the store. They really accommodate boaters in FMB.  The grocery is actually a very nice store. We have been in a lot worst. The meat department was very good. The meat was very fresh.  If you ever get the opportunity to vacation here it’s worth it. Isn’t  life wonderful!!! 


We jet-skied down the GICW to the next ocean inlet.  There is a great beach here: Lovers Key!!!  What a cool name for this park.  Don’t miss this all you honeymooners.


My happy husband!!!! Enjoying the water.  Finally here is water that is getting warmer.  Not quite swimmable, but getting there.


There is a really cool Pontoon (Orange) in the back ground.  This is Lovers Key Beach.  A lot of vacationers and locals out this day.


Bryce say’s “Only a mother could love that face” LOL


The Blue Heron. I always see these birds walking up and down beaches. Did you know that the Blue Heron sometimes while in flight will dive into the water to get food? It’s weird some hover over the water and submerge their heads to catch fish while others  swim in deep water to get their meal. The Blue Heron is also known to feed from the beaches near the ground surfaces.


Steve and Judy joined us for dinner. What a great night. It’s always a great night with these two.


The following morning we left Fort Myers Beach. This is the point that reaches out to one of the buoys.


Many of you might now how much fun it is to ride along the shoreline on a bike.  Lots of bikes to rent in Fort Myers Beach.


I love to smile!!!!  Some parasailers are enjoying the view as they get whisked along by their tow-boat.


This young guy is getting ready to move to another spot net fishing. Within seconds he zoomed past us and was  at another spot. Sure  hope he had better luck.


OM… You might ask is that a sailboat? Where is the mast? Look how low he is to the water. I think he took a sailboat and turned it into a fishing boat. I see rods on the bow.  We passed this cruiser coming around Cape Romano.


Open water. You can see the glow of the sun starting to set. I enjoy some of the open waters but I must say there isn’t much to see. The variety of shoreline cruising the ICW and short ocean hops (less than 200 miles) is the best for me.


Everglades National Park

The good news is we didn’t get kicked out!!! 

As most of you know; two years ago we were kindly asked to leave Everglades National Park on Christmas Eve because we were towing a jet Ski. Fortunately, this year was a bit different.  We carried our jet-ski on a lift.  Ranger did not even come around.

We came into Everglades City river well after dark.  I think the most scary this was.. okay maybe not scary, but when we come in at dark and I have to be on the bow with the Justin’s light (our spot light) I do get a bit nervous.  Especially, when Bryce says keep an eye on that sand bar on the port side. There was no moon as a flashlight to help guide us. Sad smile   I tried to take photos but it was just too dark and I had to focus on navigation.  

The following morning we sat on the bow enjoying our coffee. I needed a refill so I went down to the galley. With in seconds as I started back up, a breif breeze took my hat. I watched her slide across the bimini and couldn’t grab her. She fell into the water and the current was caring her away.  Bryce brought me this hat when we were in Wilmington NC and it is unreplaceable to me. Bryce told me not to worry and went in and rescued her. He is my hero…  The hat dried out on the gen winch.


This guy came up and asked if our sailboat was 65 feet.  I chuckled.. and replied back “No, it’s only 40”.  I imagine it looks big compared to a kayak.


The tour boats really know how to zoom in the shallow water chasing the dolphins .  Sure hope they don’t chop a fin on a dolphin.


The water was very calm at our anchorage.  We were actually able to kayak around. Relaxing…What a fabulous day of paddling the Everglades.


Remember the sandbar, I needed to watch for?  Here it is.  However the tide was lower when we came in at night; so much more was above water.


We paddled about a 1/2 mile to this island. Apparently you can camp on this island with permission from the National Park Services.  However, watch out for the raccoons.  We spotted about 4 of them as we left.


This is a father and son day. The father is taking his son about to show him the beauty of the Everglades.  His son is visiting from Germany. I took their picture for them.


Bryce is standing on the sandbar at high tide.


The beach is sea coral that is mixed with shells.  Some places it is more sandy.


Okay….My turn for a photo on the sandbar..LOL


The small bird is asking the big bird: I am hungry too, won’t you please share your fish?  NO Stay away.. It is my fish.


Gliding through the air without any worries.  Okay maybe a predator or two he would have to worry about.


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A Rainy Day in Fort Myers Beach

Florida has finally received it well deserved rain. But of course Fort Myers Beach had to get it during the shrimp festival. We didn’t care; no rain was going to stop us. We slipped on our rain gear and off we went. The streets were lined with spectators out to see the crafts and eat some healthy shrimp. I can say the coconut shrimp was delicious.

Bryce drove us into the festival


After landing at the dinghy dock we walked into town. These old outboard engines were pretty cool.


And the streets echoed with sounds of laughter.


Stopping to read a few signs was always a chuckle….


We stopped a spoke with Ed the sandman. He was very pleasant. I checked out his photos on his website very cool. Check them out at: edthesandman 


The walk a long the beach was still busy even with the rain.


I’ve been using my cell phone to take photos, not wanting to get my camera wet. I haven’t been happy with the quality of the phone pics so we stopped in this west coast surf shop and picked up a waterproof bag so I can carry my camera.


The streets started drying up but the rain did come back.


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Punta Gorda, Florida

Well. It seems like I haven’t spoken to you lately. So I figured I would catch you up to date. We are now in Fort Myers Beach. However, before I tell you about how much we are enjoying it here; I figured, I better back up a few days.  The last time I up dated you, we were in Charlotte Harbor. Well we made it to Punta Gorda for two nights. It wasn’t a bad anchorage but with the North winds it was still a bit bumpy. Bryce took us into town at Punta Gorda the following day and it was very nice. I’m not sure why I was surprised about how nice it was; but I was. Then I remembered I had to renew all my medical degree stuff so I have been doing exams. That’s why I haven’t blogged.


We had a Beautiful day to sail across Charlotte Harbor. We sailed at 8 mph with only our head sail up! Very strong south winds on our stern. It was sweet.


This is the bay we anchored in near Punta Gorda. There were lots of Boats anchored here.  Quite comfortable in the south winds.


The following day; of course after Bryce was done working; we went into town. It was very nice there. This is the day boat dock; it is very nice.


Right behind this mural is a boating store; right off the docks.  I like the mural. I found it interesting.


I think all the birds in the South have been trained to pose for the camera.


Bryce for some reason got a kick out of this sign.  In case you can’t read it: “I like to talk to myself because there are times I need expert advice”!  LOL  This is something Ron Johnson would say!!


The local library; what a great mural to enter through.


If you need any supplies “Ace is the place…Your local hardware Store” Love the color and the Palm trees.


Isn’t nice to see towns and Cities that do really nice things with there allies; instead of the all dark and gloomy?


Clarence Darrow, Henry Ford, Daniel Beard, Thomas Edison, Patty Berg, Harvey Firestone, Andrew Mellon. I can understand why they would visit here. We will be back. 


I want to stay here. I need a day where I can float in a pool all day!


This is an overview of the Marina. It is very nice and clean.


Laishley Crab House… Great food. We had a Twisted Hurricane okay maybe two…LOL They were so good. 


Punta Gorda to Ding Darling

The Following morning we pulled up anchor and sailed back down the harbor to St. James Bay is was a awesome day to sail we had winds to 25 knots on our stern.  Actually, we were directly across from Ding Darling.. I just like the name!!

Waves danced along the inlet as we made our turn back into the GIWW.  Don’t want to be on the gulf today in the 30+ knot winds.


The winds where coming from the North so we anchored on the St. James side of the Island to have least waves action for the night.  If there had been south winds, we would have anchored across the channel at Ding Darling.


Ding Darling to Fort Myers Beach

The following morning we headed to Fort Myers Beach.  It is our first visit here. We are taking a mooring ball for a week. We will leave on Friday when the winds are favorable for the trek south on the Gulf.


This is our first bridge to cross under it is 65 feet.  The last trip, we took it out and headed to Naples. This time we are turning into a river to take us to Fort Myers Beach.


No worries this bridge is 65 feet. We have enough clearance..


Look you can see the west mooring field here. We have to go to the East mooring field we are on ball 51.


My 65 year old stud muffin…LOL  He enjoys getting into a swim suit whenever the weather cooperates.  We were not able to sail, the winds were on our bow.


When we arrived we ran into Judy and Steve; friends of ours. They have been cruising for 16 years now and never stay in the same spot for too long. We meet new friends Jeanne & Mike; they are from Kentucky.  They are on a very nice Catalina 320. We all had a great dinner on our first night here.


We are slowly making our way down the western shore of Florida, stopping at places we have not yet visited.  Should be in the keys in less than two weeks.

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Charlotte Harbor

Good morning everyone. Wow.. how the weather can change. We were headed to an anchorage in lower Charlotte Harbor but after looking at WindAlert, we headed up Charlotte Bay to Punta Gorda for lighter winds. Last night we saw 20 knots on our wind meter. It really wasn’t bad sleeping just a bit noisy sounding with the howling of the wind.

As the day goes on the winds will lighten up a bit. but for the next few days looks like it will be windy.


Our second bridge for the day. Tom Adams Bascule Bridge.. It’s cool to see how they separate and lift up.


Just pass the Tom Adams Bridge is a fishing pier. Look at all the people.


Boy every where I look, I see at least one center console boat. They are big here in Florida.


I think this house needs the screen in area.  No doubt those mangroves are full of no-see-ums.


This poor boat is in the mangroves.  Not sure if he is dragging anchor, but I see an anchor line.  


I guess even the birds need a resting place.  An old smushed buoy is as good as any.


Darn we draft to much to go to the Rum Restaurant.


This is pretty cool.  Two ferries; one on each side.  They are barges with small tows.


OM.. lots of kayakers


I just love the palm trees surrounding this house.


OM!!! I think this boat is over loaded in more than one way. 3 guys on the bridge..


Boca Grande Swing Bridge. This is a really nice bridge. 2 year’s ago It hardly opened.  Back then, we had  just room enough to squeeze though.


Look at her now. We went though without any issues.


Just past the swing bridge is this old train bridge area with a narrow slot pass through. The bridge in now used for fishermen and fisherwomen to fish from. 


We at this point we made our final decision 0n where we would wait out the heavy winds.  Punta Gorda showed much lighter winds.  We had a beautiful sail up Charlotte Harbor.


Unfortunately, we are not able to get under the bridge to get on a mooring ball.


So we anchored off Punta Gorda. We hope to go into town today after the winds lighten up a bit.


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Sarasota, FL to Lemon Bay

What a delightful day cruising the GIWW.  Some of Sailors don’t like to do the GIWW, but it’s my piece of heaven.  I enjoy watching the other boaters go by and wave, dauphins swim by and most of all the view is specular to me.   There are many towns and cities to see.  And if weather is good, stop at beaches.

It a bit after we get to Fort Myers we will travel the Gulf to the Keys with a few stops a long the way. That will be specular too. But I get bored only seeing water. This way I get the best of both worlds. After leaving Sarasota Marina Jack, We cruised several miles with several Bridges. It was a pretty day.

Our first Bridge Siesta Key. This is a Bascule bridge. As we waited for the bridge to open we were passed by this power boater. He didn’t want to follow us. LOL We go too slow.


Good Bless great Friends. Last night I received a comment on Facebook from a friends of ours.  Steve and Judy sent us a list of all the bridges that we would be waiting on to open. Thanks our friends see you in a few days.  For those that don’t know, the bridges are shown in Active Captain and listed in the Water way guide.  They are timed quite well so there is rarely a wait.  We contact the bridges on VHF 9 about 1 mile before the bridge to verify the opening time.  Then we base our speed on the GPS time to get to the bridge when they open.


This is Stickney Point Bridge.


After we passed under the Bridge our view was cool. Look at all these in and out boats. They are not covered. I wonder if they get bird poop on them. Well at least the barnacles don’t grow on them.


I am not sure but I think I have the same photo of this house from two years ago. I must like it. LOL


This gal is trying to catch the breeze.


This little guy must be going to help put a seawall in or something.  It is a small barge with a crane.


This is a park That I saw as we passed by.  Looks like a nice area to watch the boats go by.


I must say the young lady that runs Blackburn Point swing bridge is very proud of her bridge. We talked as we went by. She was funny. Nothing like putting a smile on to brighten up someone’s day.


On the other side of Blackburn point this happy guy was fishing.


We passes several people kayaking


I was sitting on the bow when this boat passed us. The kids really wanted my attention they were yelling hello to me. 


Resting so peaceful in his boat; baiting his hook in hopes of catching that big one.  I hope he does.


OM…If a big power boat comes by with a wake this guy might roll off his boat.  This was a quite unique “tuna tower”.


Look at this huge screened in area. I love it. I wonder if there is a pool in there.


Okay…What do you think is in this bag?


Bryce is making a face at me. Boy, does he resemble his brother Brad in this photo.


Well, we anchored in Lemon Bay. I have to laugh. Both of us knew or should I say we thought we remembered this area. I pulled up our old map from two years ago and found we anchored in the same spot. LOL Our nightly anchorage.


These flowers are now over two weeks old. They still smell and look great. Thank you honey.


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Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota Bay

We pulled up anchored and started to prepare to leave Manatee River. I must say it was a nice anchorage especially with the North winds. As we head out to the GCWW we have two draw bridges to pass under. The first one will be Anna Maria Island Bridge. She opens on signal except 6:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Then opens the hour and every 20 min there after But now it is said after January 15 to May 15 the silly bridge opens 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. opens on the hour and half- hour. Didn’t you find that interesting?  Every bridge we come to has its own time. We couldn’t make it to the first opening in time so we had to wait 30 minutes.

This is the Anna Maria Bridge she has a clearance of 19.5 feet


Bryce really likes my new hair doo. It is so nice that we can now be in swimsuits.


A little while later; like 20 minutes or so, we came upon the Cortez Bridge.  Now the Water Way Guide shows these bridges at different water depth. They say it’s 22 feet clearance but the picture shows it 17 feet.  Make sure you look at the water depth gages at the bridge before you pass under.  For us, no issue.. it has to open!!


As we moseyed along our way in the Sarasota Bay the view was so picturesque.


This is the new pass (SR 789) bridge to the Gulf from the GIWW. Now you are able to enter the gulf. We are not sure on the depth of the cut.   Looks questionable for us.


OM.. At first we thought this was a cat healing. It is a Trimaran They sure were having fun.


This is a local trawler. Maybe they are thinking of cruising some day.  


All of these tiny sailboats are headed out to a mark toward this bigger one. They are learning to race.


One more bridge to pass under; she is 65 feet tall. Then we make a sharp turn to port into Marina Jack. This is where we have a mooring ball reserved.


Some times it sure does look like we are going to hit, but there is 5 feet clearance.


Exploring Sarasota

Happy Monday everyone. We spent the weekend in Sarasota Fl. What a great stop it was. We took a mooring ball for Saturday and Sunday. I know a few of you want to know the cost for the mooring field. It is 27 dollars a night. There is a nice dinghy dock and a huge number of restaurants.  Take a walk down Main to get out and stretch your legs.

This is a bigger city.  I am always a bit leery of my surroundings. I stopped and talked to a few locals and they suggested places to go. One guy said stay away from the 301 Highway area and all is good. I was a bit nervous at first because I was comparing it to St. Petersburg. Where everything was at your door steps once you got off your boat. As we walked and came along a street crossing signal, a young girl stood next to me. I asked her where all the fun was.. She suggested Main Street. The streets run from the marina into town.  So unless you know where to go, you might miss the best part of Sarasota.   Definitely the place to go is Main Street.

Bryce is setting the lines. It’s funny we were on ball 3 in St. Petersburg too.


Okay.. I was embarrassed! I am with the best dress sailor right? LOL


Join The Navy.. Look how huge… they are.


Later that night; after sunset, we headed back into town. We took a stroll down Main Street to look for ice cream.  We had a very fancy ice cream diner.  Mine was raspberry sherbet.. it was great.  Bryce had vanilla Gelato.  He prefers normal vanilla. 


These bikes are bikes of art here in Sarasota. I think they are cute.

New Phototastic Collage

We arrived back to Beauty and noticed the sailors flashlight was shinning nice and bright.


Sunday we went back into town to have pizza. It was a bit cooler; most restaurants had little warmers out. We walked down Main Street. It’s so neat to see all the inviting places to eat.  Very upscale.


Silly Bryce; better be careful he almost caught his hair on fire.


This is Dave he was out waiter at City Grill. Thanks Dave for helping make our pizza night amazing.


After we left City Grill we walked over to the local food court. I think this fruit painting on the ground is neat.


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Saying goodbye to St Petersburg, Florida

OM.. Well after Bryce came back home from Michigan, he took me to Naples to get my hair done. This time around it was only 155 miles from St Petersburg. With Hurricane Erma last year the Naples municipal marina is finally open for local businesses.  They are waiting on the approval to reopen for transients.  The cost will be $2.50 a foot. Today is Wednesday.

We are headed to Green Cove Springs to park the truck.  And tomorrow we are leaving here (St Petersburg). We moved out of the marina yesterday and to a mooring ball. During the night, we had 18 knot winds blow and the waves bounced off the seawalls so it was a bit sloppy in here. The powerboats were having a really bad night. Beauty handled it very well. It felt like we were sleeping a a marshmallow. I slept very well.

This is my restaurant.. Okay by name only..Smile We have eaten here and the food is very good.


I had a 11 a.m. appointment with my girl Nadia at Gloss Salon.


Bryce loves taking my picture…He has never seen me in folds.


The final product.. Bryce says I need new eye glasses with this hair style I agree. Smile


As we walked the boardwalk in Naples this guy was putting fish up to be cleaned. I believe the middle is a dauphin fish.


He was throwing pieces into the water for the pelicans. They loved it! 


Well we are going to head out to Green Cove Springs Now. I’ll write more tomorrow. Talk to you soon.

Leaving St Petersburg

I am Back! Okay it has been two days. We left St. Petersburg. Last night we anchored in Manatee River. The winds were screaming through the shrouds at a whopping 20+ knots again. We couldn’t sail when we left St. Petersburg; the winds were on our bow. We motored to Manatee River about 22 miles and anchored on the South Side to protect  us from the SSW winds. Today we will head to Sarasota Bay. We re planning on taking a mooring Ball for the weekend at Marina Jack.

Goodbye St. Petersburg. Till we meet againMartini glass


U.S. Coast Guard putting in buoys.


We motored under this beautiful Sunshine Skyway Bridge.  A few days ago, we drove on top of it!


Look you can see the shallow water when the sunshine is on it. Bryce and I took a jet-ski ride from the mooring balls in St. Petersburg and I could not believe how shallow the bay is. 


This is what looks like a small marina coming into Manatee River.


This boat is what they call derelict boat and then this poor sail boat on on its side looks like it was caught in a storm.


Boat watching from the shore.   They were at Desoto Memorial.


We anchored In Manatee River next to Desoto National Memorial.


Three more boats came in to anchor for the night after I took this photo.


This is our map that shows where we are every night. It’s our little trail.


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St. Petersburg With A Few Friends

Well, our time here in St. Petersburg is coming to an end. Bryce made it back from Michigan. I came to the conclusion that having a tag vehicle is a pain in the stern!  It is difficult to do long term parking. I even tried the airport but you have to have a ticket. I tried: parking garages,  of course the marina, U-store it. U-store it was a possibility but it was very expensive. Well we ended up calling the place in Green Cove Springs where we are storing the boat in May and The nice guy said sure bring it here. So we had to rent a car to get back here but we are headed there this Wednesday.

Well while the Captain was away the Admiral had fun. I had dinner with great friends, Alex and Andre joined Miranda and Mike of course me for a drink. It was a awesome visit.  


Dali Art Museum a good night of fun.


Miranda, Mike and I went to the Dali Museum of Art


A view of a few piece’s of the collection of art at the Dali


This is a really stretch-out or melted person I think stress got to it….


The following morning, I took a walk and the view was amazing. The Herrings were beautiful.  The tide was out and people were walking out to the water.


I met a wonderful lady painting out of her trunk. Her name is Mary Clair. She is from VA and came into St. Petersburg to take a painting class offered by a painter from England.


I asked her what she does with her painting she started to laugh..”I have a house-full”. She doesn’t sell her work only enjoys painting.


As I continued my walk, just to the left of the beach, I wandered through this gorgeous park. All the shrubs had name tags; you could really learn a lot here.  It surely was a beautiful day. 

Awalkin the park

The following day another boat pulled in to the marina and behold it was some friends that we met in Turner’s Marina. Pat and Dirk..We gathered together with them after the How to Trim your Sails Seminar. That was everything but how to trim your sails. It was basically on racing. We all met up for a nice dinner Sab’s It was a fun night.


Art/Crafts in the park. This is way too cool. So much to see and do.


The following day I sat in front of the mooring ball area and waited for more friends to arrive. Brian and Melanie’s boat name is Crosswinds. I received a message saying they were headed our way. We met them many years ago in Lake Erie; they are from Ohio. This is their first cruise around and are loving it.

Here they come. Now they need to chase the bird off their ball..LOL


Brian tied up to the mooring ball like a pro.


Dirk and Pat moved over to the mooring balls


Melanie, Brian and Winsor came by to visit. Bryce is expected around 7:30 p.m. Man I am so blessed to have such great friends.


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Gulf Port to St. Petersburg FL

Wandering the streets of Gulf Port FL.

What a great little place to visit. We took the opportunity to go ashore a wander the town before we met some friends for dinner. We found some pretty cool looking things. This is such a cute place I will definitely come back. The anchorage area was a bit wavy but we had had a lot worst.  Water depth averaged 9.5 feet.

Gecko lizard welcomes you to Gulf Port.


We took the jet ski into the dinghy dock. See that little black and white jet ski; her name is Patch.


Gulf Port shore line is partly beach; it’s so pretty.


Okay, Who knows what this Bird is? It’s very pretty.


We came upon this somewhat unusual yard full of art.. I think it’s neat looking


I had to show you this up close view… Wouldn’t this be great in a yard for Halloween.


Bryce found an ice cream shop… They were closed… We were sad.


This is really a cute area.


This is the Italian restaurant Alex & Andre took us to. I highly recommend it. The food is fabulous!!!


We were able to catch up with some dear friends of ours Steve and Judy. We met them on our last trip. They really are great.


We arrived back at the boat in time to see the sunset Steve and Judy’s boat is the double master on the starboard side of this picture.


I think this is a cool picture of the 1/4 moon great smile.


We arrived at St.Petersburg yesterday. See


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One Tree Island to Gulf Port

Now, I remember why I fell in love with our traveling sailboat (Beauty).  As we travel the (GIWW) Gulf International Waterway, the views are spectacular. I like putting the sails up and sailing in the Gulf, but I also really enjoy all our stops on the GIWW.  This part of our journey (blog) will include the last 3 anchorages. Leaving One Tree Island to Redington Shore Bay to Gulf Port.  After crossing from Saint Vincent, We anchored near “One tree” Island. It is a great anchorage, but weekends will be very busy if it is nice.  We require 5.7 feet for our keel. At low-low tide, we saw 7.5 feet of water. High tide was 10 feet. We anchored between the two spoils rather than behind one tree island. The “One” pine tree is growing and in excellent shape and has a nice new sign that says “One Tree Island”, “Clearwater, FL”. We met the one skittish inhabitant, a 4 inch Salamander who lived on the One Tree. Great beach to dingy to, quite popular with locals and tour boats.


I whish I could put you all in my pocket and bring you with me. But I guess I can only share it with you like this. As we pulled up anchor from One Tree Island and headed South, it felt like a warm summer day back in Michigan.  Boats were zooming all around us. I have to laugh because I told Bryce I felt like royalty all the boaters wave as they pass by.  Bryce read on Active Captain about this cute bay in Redinton Shores. So that was our plan to go anchor there next. It was only about 10 miles away; but we had to pass one fixed bridge and two draw bridges. 

This is the fixed bridge. It is 74 feet tall; so no issues here.


This was our first draw bridge. It is 24 feet without an opening.  It opened on demand, so no waiting.


I get a kick out of seeing all the boats. It’s February back home.  We would be dreaming of a day this great in February.


Redington Bay

It was written that it was going to be a bit tricky getting into this bay and it was. But boy it’s worth it.  When you come along green number 3 marker, you must go on the wrong side and stay close to the docks along the shore. Active Captain gives a  good description on navigating this area. 


I think you can tell how close we had to come to stay in the deeper waters.  Only 15-20 feet away.


This is a little area in the bay that you have to watch out for. The center area marked by the buoys depth is 0.7 feet at low tide.


After we made our little curve into the bay this was our view. We followed the shoreline close by.  And finally anchored near the tall building.


I think this is such a cool house.


Beauty anchored in Redington Bay. I feel really bad. I received a message on WordPress from one of our followers (Dave Gilroy).  He has been following us since the lower Mississippi.  Dave saw us again passing on the GIWW when he stepped out on his deck from his vacation condo in Indian Shores. We shall meet some day and laugh about this. Thanks for reaching out to us Dave.


We had a short jump to go for dinner at Sea Breeze.  If you tell them you’re anchored cruiser you get a free round of beer.


Bryce getting off the jet ski onto the dock at Sea Breeze restaurant. 


Way up high this predator stalking his next prey.   Maybe George..LOL


This is another couple cruising. Tom & Kim off Sweet Liberty. They came in shortly after we anchored.  They are doing the great loop.  They started from Traverse City.


This cute little guy was protecting his area. Man.. he chased away so may other birds. I think he is walking the plank to calm down his heart rate.  LOL


Finally we were able to do some kayaking. This really was a nice anchorage.  Well protected from winds, current and waves.


Goodbye my friend.. Isn’t he so cute.  Only a mother could love this face.


We pulled up anchor and headed to Gulf Port

Just shortly after we pulled up anchor, we had another draw bridge.  We were going through a total of three today.  These bridges had scheduled openings.


This sailor it the rocks. I would call it a bad day.


I must say I think this boat must roll a bit.  That is a bit small of a boat for a tuna tower.


This was the Corey Causeway draw bridge. It is 18 feet clearance.


Beauty being 60 feet tall, this bascule bridge had to open for us. One thing I must say, they seem to open on time.


Our new friends Alex and Andre. It was so much fun meeting up with them. So glad we had the opportunity to meet. They treated us to dinner. On our first night here. It was amazing!!! Thank you.  We met a friend of Alex (Brad) in Memphis.  Brad trusted us with a message to tell Alex.. “Tell Alex to come down the lower Mississippi and visit his home town Memphis!!”.  We have been waiting about 4 months to give this message.


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