Looking ahead to our Bahama trip in March, but first we have atrip home to Minnesota on Feb 17. we have arranged for a marina to leave our boat at while we go home. Now; to watch the weather and our timing to get there ahead of our flight!
Moving on north- we plan to do a lot of anchoring to balance out paying for the marina for the month of January! Have to stay on budget! So far after leaving Key West; we anchored one night at Boot Key Harbor; then 1 night at Long Key, next 3 nights at John Pennekamp state park. We plan to follow that with a few nights on a mooring ball in Fort Lauderdale, and then anchor again in Lake Worth. This is a test of our battery system, Generator and solar panels to see if we can stay out of marinas for 10 days ! (Need to keep that refrigerator running smoothly)
JOHN PENNEKAMP STATE PARK
Sunday we departed Long Key to travel 38 miles to our next anchorage at John Pennekamp State park.
Winds were increasing causing swells to build in the ocean. This makes the ride uncomfortable as items tend to fall off flat surfaces. Not dangerous but rock and rolly.
The park is in Largo Sound next to Key Largo. Access is made by winding through a mangrove trail. can you see our little boat in the lower left corner? This is our chart plotter.
At the entrance a Securite is announced to let other boaters you are entering. At marker 17, another announcement that you are approaching Crash Corner. ( A sharp blind corner that is too narrow for passing). There are several snorkeling and dive tours from the park that constantly use the channel; so lots of traffic.
We had two options- rent a slip from the park ranger station or continue in and grab a mooring ball for $22 per night. We took a mooring ball!
Took the dinghy to check in; then toured around the mangrove forest trails.
NO NAME Harbor
With no exact idea of where we would spend night, we zig zagged toward a little harbor called NO NAME> We dropped anchor with several other boats, then watched as several more boats joined us for the night.
We are just south of Miami- you can see Miami skyline
It is a park with a restaurant- we were having an appetizer of Tostone’s then decided to call for an Uber ride to go get some beer.
If high winds weren’t predicted, we could have stayed here a few more nights. It is $20 a night to anchor; put the money in an envelope on the honor system and drop it in a box on shore.
So far so good on the power system- next stop will be a Mooring ball.
Stay tuned. Thanks for reading.