West Coast -Florida
Finally, after weeks of waiting for a weather window we were on the West Coast. As soon as we got things put back in place after the crossing and just after updating the blog we went to bed and slept for 12 hours straight.
The next day we had planned on travelling further but we wanted to spend time with friends and that was what we did.
We took the Jolly Trolley to Dunedin and enjoyed many laughs and good time with friends.
|One of the many bicycle trails in Dunedin|
|Linda, Ray, Gary, Randy, Sherry, Donna and Terry|
|Gary's turn to love Ray|
|The whole gang, the picture was taken by a very patient and skilled waitress|
|At the Chic -a Boom Room|
|Sorry for the bad picture , Susan joined us later , we last saw her in the Bahamas|
|Gary doing what Gary does...|
That night the wind stated blowing and it never stopped for a week!! We headed to a nice protected anchorage just behind the famous Don Cesar hotel. Even though it was protected it was close to the Gulf shore and the wind was howling though it. When the forecast called for 50-60kt winds I had had enough. I called the local Sherriff and asked for permission to tie off to an abandoned dock near the boat launch. Nobody could give me an answer and after a while they gave us the go-ahead, pretty much just to shut me up (I think) Thank goodness we moved to the dock, we were unable to put out more anchor chain because a sailboat had come and anchored right behind us, the dock was a Godsend. We sent two days in howling winds on the dock, nice and safe.
|Elaine and Steve came for a visit and we went for ice-cream and drove around in their car doing some sight seeing|
When a break in the weather was forecasted we headed across Tampa Bay to one of our favourite anchorages at Otter Cay. We were treated to a wonderful sunset and a calm night on the hook.
Our next stop was Cape Haze and we hoped to do the last leg to Cape Coral the following day but as we crossed Charlotte Harbour we got knocked around pretty hard so we scooted into Pelican Bay and dropped the anchor.
The day, all though windy, turned lovely and sunny and we went for a 5 mile walk on the beach, picking up many sand dollars and shells much to our delight.
|One of these days I will get a good picture of a dolphin, promise!!|
The following morning we woke up to a foggy day, it was also a Sunday ….a Sunday on a long weekend….which meant that every idiot on a boat was out and about. Seriously, what is the deal with Florida boaters??? Yes, we know you live here and (you think!) you own the waters but could you not show a little courtesy every now and again??? I honestly think that a Sunday on a long weekend in Florida on the ICW is the most dangerous time to be on a boat.
Any how we had been looking forward to spending a couple of days in Cape Coral with our friends Ralph and Celeste(Gold Loopers)
Here is a video of us arriving:
On arrival Celeste made a brilliant sandwich with corn beef and swiss on rye, oh my!! It was delicious!!
Then I shocked the living daylights out of her when I went shopping to provision for the Bahamas!
Ralph even took a video... here it is if you want to check it out:
|I can shop like a professional!!|
We spent our time in Cape Coral eating way too much and also doing some sightseeing.
|Celest and Ralph, their hospitality knows no bounds. At their favourite breakfast eatery in Cape Coral called Annies, Excellent food!!|
|MV Time& Tide rafted off to MV Say Goodbye in Cape Coral at the Yost Haus.|
|In front of a Banyan Tree at the Edison and Ford Winter Estate|
|Two smart fellas..Edison and Donovan|
|McGregor avenue - A beautiful palm tree lined avenue in Fort Myers|
|Edison's winter estate|
|Edison's Winter Estate|
|When we got back from sightseeing Celeste started cooking for my special first ever AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DINNER!!!|
|Pumpkin pie and the most amazing chocolate pecan pie!!|
|We were joined by Ida a friend of the Yost's|
|Ham, turkey, pea, honey carrots,cranberry chutney, gravy, deviled eggs, potatoes, stuffing,yams with marshmallows!!, sweet corn pudding,pickles and all of that followed by pie!!|
We cannot thank Celeste and Ralph enough for their
outstanding hospitality, their kindness and
thoughtfulness is incredible. We feel humbled and
blessed for all they did for us, Thank you so much
...................to be continued