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.

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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.

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This is Stickney Point Bridge.

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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.

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

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This gal is trying to catch the breeze.

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

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

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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.

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

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We passes several people kayaking

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

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

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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”.

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

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Okay…What do you think is in this bag?

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

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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. https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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

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As always thank you all for following us!Red rose

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

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

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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!!

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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U.S. Coast Guard putting in buoys.

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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

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We anchored In Manatee River next to Desoto National Memorial.

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

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This is our map that shows where we are every night. It’s our little trail. https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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As always thank you for following us! Red rose

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.  

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Dali Art Museum a good night of fun.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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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

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Brian tied up to the mooring ball like a pro.

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Dirk and Pat moved over to the mooring balls

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is really a cute area.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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We arrived at St.Petersburg yesterday. See https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

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I think this is such a cool house.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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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Crossing The Big Bend (Gulf), Saint Vincent to Clearwater Florida

Wow.. I can’t believe we are actually in what looks like Spring/Summer fun. The weather was perfect upon arrival.  We arrived in Clearwater FL rather than Cedar Key due to unfavorable winds.  We really wanted to see Cedar Keys..  However, the winds would have been directly on our nose causing us to tack for 130 miles.  Instead we sailed closed hauled for 168 miles in light winds.  Total distance was 188 miles in 30 hours.  The night seemed long with the darkness and thick fog that latched on to us till early morning.  We turned on all outside sail lights so with any luck, any traveling boaters would see us.  Bryce and I took turns sleeping.  But of course, my mind would not stop showing me “mind movies” every time I closed my eyes. Why can’t my body relax to sleep during passage.  It’s a mystery..LOL

I spent some time coloring LOL…

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All-n-all it was a good crossing.  Moderate winds early near St Vincent.  Dropping to nearly zero in the early morning.  Then picking back up as the sun came up.  Probably about as good as it gets.

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Fog rolled in and stayed with us most of the night. 

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Early morning in between the fog the sun is coming up in the east.

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Bryce was sound a sleep and I sat and watched the sun raise. It was just so beautiful. Of course the fog rolled back in for a bit longer.

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We could see this sailboat glistening in the shadows of the sun.

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OH…Boy! back to the crab pot fields again.

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Finally a view of Clearwater Beach skyline.

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Do you see The blue on top of the lower building? I want to go swimming in that pool…

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This area sure has a lot of jet skiers. You can rent them if you like.

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Off to the starboard side we watched people learning how to sail. There is a chase boat that follows them in case they need rescued. 

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This bridge is 74 feet tall.  This bridge marks the border between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Instead of birds on a wire, we see birds on a fence. 

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If you are looking for a marina there sure are a lot of them around here.   This is Clearwater Marina near the bridge.

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We anchored just off this tiny island called One Tree Island.

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A Day Exploring Clearwater area by jet ski.

After a few hours of sleep, We decided to go out-n-about.  But first after two pots of coffee, we enjoyed the warm temps and the view from the bow of Beauty.

Just could not wipe the smile off his face..Look swimsuit, coffee and sunshine 

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We are just off the ICW and can watch the fishermen leave for the day on their boats.

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These two are enjoying a tour of the area on a Hobbie Cat. 

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This little place sure does get busy.  The locals are headed to “One Tree Island”.

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This “Pirate” ship cruise boat is headed out of “Clearwater Beach Marina”.  This marina is on the barrier island.

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This is the resturant near Clearwater Beach Marina where we ate.

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This is one of the rental places to rent jet skis.

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OM…These cute Pelicans sure are leaving a poopy mess.

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LOL…This guy I’ll name him George II. Didn’t leave his post but turned his body to watch us pass by.

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There is just so much to do here.  This is another one of the Cruise boats out of the Clearwater Beach Marina.  Lots of cruise boats here.  A very large dinner cruise from 5:30-7:30 is also available out of this marina.

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We found a dinghy dock and took a walk a long the board walk at Clearwater Beach Marina.

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I just can’t believe I am in a swimsuit.  Three days and 188 miles ago, we were in winter coats.  Today, we are enjoying a few drinks on One tree Island.

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Here is the One Tree on one tree island.  This spoil island was apparently created by dredging.  But named by locals.  The sign says “One Tree Island  Clearwater,FL”

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One Tree Island has one permanent resident.  He is a small 4 inch salamander high up on one tree.  He is a bit hard to see, but he is right in the middle of this picture sitting vertical on the main tree trunk.

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Saint Joe to Saint Vincent, FL

Well, I must say it sure was a pretty day to sail from Port St. Joe to Saint Vincent Island.  Saint Vincent was an okay spot to anchor in with East winds.  However, the strengthening offshore winds brought in small rollers by morning causing us to roll a bit.  Not sure I would want to anchor here again, but we have had much worse.  This afternoon, we will be making a 130 mile crossing to Cedar Key FL.  I have my headset charged so when Bryce sleeps I can dance and maintain the helm. LOL  All weather apps says this night will be a good crossing. I will let you know on the next post. LOL

This will be our route of travel.  But I can’t draw a straight line… LOL

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I totally veg’d out on the bow… love days like this.  Bright sunny day. The winds were light, but great to sail on.  The Gulf was unusually calm.  LOL.. I left a line of life vest, shoes and sweater as I slowly worked my way to the bow basking in the sun.

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Getting the early sunshine…Seems like it has been forever since we were able to be on the bow in swimsuits. Laughing out loud

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We have read that there was a sunken sailboat between Wreck Island (shown here) and the sandbar. I think that could be the mast. This is Wreck Island we anchored near.

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The shoreline was very pretty. We wanted to explore it but the winds piped up to 17 knots so we enjoyed the view from Beauty.

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Wow…We been traveling 5 months, 2 weeks.  For 2 months and 7 days we spent waiting on an engine in Mobile. Each one of these red dots represent a stop. There are 77 dots. https://trackmytour.com/35L17

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Cape Sand Bliss Anchorage, Saint Joseph Bay

After a full two days of high winds and thunderstorms, we left the Big Lagoon Bay anchorage near Panama City.  The weather sites WindAlert and Passage weather agreed on the conditions of the gulf so we headed out. Now remember, when you get a passing weather front it changes everything.  The storm have there own winds and waves.  We ran into a thunderstorm for a short time the winds gusted but it was all on the bow and the waves were small.  The day turned out beautiful.  We are now anchored in a bay off Port Saint Joe.  It was only 24 miles from Big Lagoon Bay.  Both Panama City (Big Lagoon Bay) and Port Saint Joe have really nice marinas so if you are following us and I don’t mention the marinas it’s because we enjoy anchoring out. Now the channel into both of these areas are huge. There are no issues the the entrances. There are also TV channels in the area that describe all the water front restaurants and what’s happening in the bays.  

As we approached the channel to leave Big Lagoon Bay we could hear this Military (Navy) hovercraft come barreling across the bay. Then before we knew it, it was in front of us. So cool looking. Later while we were in the Gulf we could hear this before we could even see it. it passed us several times, a few miles away.

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I really need to spary some water proofing on our bimini.  Poor George needed his rain coat (garbage bag) over him.  He was not amused..

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As we approached Fort Saint Joe, I went up to look around and Bryce… well he was navigating a wave to me.. LOL

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Today we are headed towards Saint Vincent Island where we will anchor tonight.  Tomorrow we are planning a 130 mile crossing to Cedar Key.  Yesterday when we arrived here, we took the jet ski to the island of the State Park and walked the sandy shoreline. 

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Getting off the jet ski going to stretch my legs.  Not often you see a jet skier in a jogging suit!!

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Poor George had to stay in the boat…LOL

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Bryce found a Horseshoe crap on a raft of his own. Unfortunately the tide never came back in to carry him back out and he passed away on his raft.   We found a number of horse shoe crabs on the beach.

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Beauty is nestled  in for the night. Water depth 14 feet.

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If you don’t look closely you might think this is a photo of snow. Rather it is pure white sand.

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A birds world.. parents take their young to the beach

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These little signs were up near the sea grass.

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Cute…

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This shell was still in the water. It’s just beautiful.

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Not sure if this jelly fish is sleeping or dead, but it sure is big. Bryce compared his hand to it.

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My photos of the shells in their own habitat

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A few hours later we relaxed in the cockpit and watched the sunset

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As always thank you for following us!Red rose

Destin Florida to Panama City Florida

A 50 mile trip along the Coast of the Gulf

Destin Florida was a great stop. Although Beauty had a number of poop dots by the time we left.. We parked too close to a few boats that looked like boats were abandoned. I should say abandoned by humans and reclaimed by the birds.  We enjoyed our day in Destin. We took the jet ski over to the sandy beach and enjoyed some R&R.  I had posted on FB on the “Women Who Sail Group” that we were in Destin and a new friend reached out to us and said they were going to be in the area taking photos. They ended up meeting us on the sandbar and they are awesome people. 

Travis & Jen

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We jet skied over to the beach across from Destin and enjoyed the afternoon watching the boats go by.

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Sitting on the beach we watched the seagulls try and take over Sunny Lady

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The pigeons enjoy their time on the beach with us.  Pecking at the sand for some scrumptious morsels.

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Bryce took the diesel cans in to top off the tank.  I think he just wanted to jet-ski..

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The birds have their own poopy boat to set on why must they poop on my boat!

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The following late morning we pulled out of Destin.  We had another 50 mile run to Panama City. That means we had another  7 hour sail ahead of us.  Of course the weather info was completely wrong for us.  We ended up with winds on our bow and waves just off our starboard side bow.  It was a bit messy.  We needed our sails up to help to stabilize Beauty.  Bryce went up and put the pulleys on the storm track and brought the headsail to the center of the boat and the mainsail was in full bloom with the tacking we had to do. With that said, the tacking increased the amount of time it took to get to Panama City.   

About an hour or so before dusk we were visited by a family of dauphins.  The waves had calmed completely down and the water became translucent.  We could see the dolphins swimming under the water near the bow.  They were racing Beauty.

Plaing Dauphins

Panama City, Lower Grand Lagoon bay

We arrived in Panama City after dark nearing 6:30 p.m. What a great channel to come into. This is a shipping channel used for the Military and freighters.  Coming in wasn’t so bad a night.  It’s nice and wide to come into.  We just followed the blinking red/green buoys. The tricky point came near the entrance to the cut into Lower Grand Lagoon bay.  We had to keep the red buoy on the starboard side; yet the beach was within 25 feet to the portside.  No green bowie on the portside only the beach.  This is a great deep area to be in. We didn’t see anything less than 20 ft.  Our Garmin once again lead us through a tight spot at night.

We sat on the bow in the cool breeze enjoying our coffee.  I was still waking up.. LOL

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When we woke up this morning we noticed the range maker and this is an old pontoon boat made into a fishing boat. It has all kinds of nets hanging from it.

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Apparently he used these nets to capture some fish..

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We are taking shelter here with the high winds coming in today. They reached nearly 30 mph with the gust blowing. I must say this is a perfect place to be with easterly or southerly winds.  First we were able to sit on the bow with our morning coffee and watched the ships go out to sea.

This FSF is called the Sea Fighter. A Military vessel.  One of those new fangled power cats with low radar signature.

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This is a vessel coming back into the bay just shortly after they left. The Gulf is a bit of a mess right now.  Here you can see the narrow channel coming into Lower Grand Lagoon bay.  The entrance is between the point and the red marker. 

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The little blue boat is a scuba boat going out.  The decks are lined with tanks.  I bet they are not out long. 

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Bryce went on a garbage run and more diesel.  The place where he takes trash to is a State Park. They have a nice big dipsy dumpster.The sandy beach we are near is part of the State Park.

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After Bryce came back we figured we would go out and explore the area. That’s the State Park. The waves further to the west in the bay were reaching a foot so we didn’t want to go to far.

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Turpentine Still is very cool. This saw mill is missing the steam engine, but you get the idea of how it runs.

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Bryce is standing in front of the turpentine still.

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We then took a stroll on the beach.  I found a Christmas tree floating against the shoreline.

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This reminds me of a pin cushion. LOL  Thinking it must be a Sea Urchin.  There are hundreds of types, but the deciding factor it is an urchin is the 5 symmetrical radiating patterns (5 patterns of 4 lines).

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As we strolled along the beach, instead of collecting shells, I will deliver the beauty of them through photos.

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We had a few hour to relax before the storms approached us.   So we brought the chairs over to relax in the late afternoon.

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This photo shows how protected we are.   If you like to anchor, this is a great anchorage.

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This is our anchorage. It is perfect! You can track us an the evening. We post our anchorages every night.  www.trackmytour.com/35L17

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