We walked about a mile over to the Venice Airport for a festival that Sharon suggested - Bluegrass music and BBQ.
Beautiful day and very well attended.
There was a "chili cookoff" - with the public sampling 25 different group's chili. You voted for your favorite. I could only sample 1 type - a great white chili that was like a corn chowder with only chicken (no mammal meat). But it was great! So, I voted for them.
The had a nice stage set up and a good bluegrass band playing. We didn't sample any BBQ because we were all full from the chili samples! We didn't tote chairs so decided before long that it was time to walk back to their house. Spent the rest of the day in the pool and generally being lazy!
We picked up a rental car and drove 3 hours across to the west coast of Florida to visit with Buddy and Sharon for about a week. Wow, it was culture shock driving a car for the first time since the first of February! And it's amazing how many people fill up the highways in Florida!!!
Arrived in Venice and began what looks to be a relaxing week....
We're moving back towards the US coast starting today.
Pulled up anchor and headed out from Treasure Cay this morning.
We decided to take the "shortcut" past Don't Rock instead of another trip out thru Whale Cut. It saves a couple of hours, so worth it.
This is Don't Rock - just a lone rock protruding out in the shallow water.
The shortcut is very, very shallow. The chart says the depth is .7 meters at low tide or 2.3 feet. Since our boat draws about 4 feet, we obviously need more water than that under our keels. So we had to time it on a rising tide (in case we run aground we'll still have some extra tide to lift us off, in theory). Here's our path in case a fellow traveler wants to follow it - the lowest point we saw was about 6 feet so we breezed thru (but very slowly just in case!)
Strange brand new shipping facility at the north end of Great Abaco. Looks brand new....
And completely deserted.
Arrived at Great Sale Cay about 12 hours later - great motor/sail. Nothing much here - just a really good anchorage for the hop-off to the US coast.
We'll probably do a 24 hour hop to the east coast of Florida since the weather is supposed to move in with a dreaded low pressure system by the weekend. So, we'll be back with you in a day or two!
The big storm that was predicted did not really materialize.....we woke to cloudy skies and did have about an hour of heavy rain and wind. Nice to get another "wash" of the salt crystals that grow everywhere on the boat.
The Capt'n checking things out...
After the rain stopped we set out towards clear skies and Treasure Cay (about 4 hours of motoring in choppy seas)
Pretty entrance to Treasure Cay harbor.
There were mangroves, so of course we had to dinghy thru them. This was the extremely shallow entrance channel into the mangroves.
Once inside, there was a mostly deep path thru.
Interesting things on the bottom.
The water was not as clear I'd hoped - looks like the shallow entrance probably traps alot of the water so it doesn't get flushed out regularly. These fish seemed unconcerned that I was there with my camera.
More interesting coral and growth.
A little starfish.
And another different style starfish.
Back to Sojourn. We have decided to start making our way back to the States....there is a good weather window coming up to cross the gulf stream this weekend. We've got some normal boat maintenance that we need to do. Plus, we need to schedule our two new engines for installation!
Let's see - I'm supposed to describe myself....married for WOW 35 years!, mom of two boys (now men), pilot, sailor (in training), happy (most of the time), traveler (when I can!), always have a book on the nitestand, always planning the next adventure (big and small!)