Turns out the fellow cruiser is one whose blog we have followed for a couple of years while we hatched this harebrained scheme. We have taken much inspiration from their adventures. We recognized their boat beside us at Mile Hammock Bay on the second night. They left before we did the next morning (probably to time a bridge opening) and we caught up with them and a few other boats at another bridge while waiting for it to open. They have been doing this for years, we have been doing this for days. They kindly invited us to their cockpit and answered our questions patiently. Good people. If everyone out here is this friendly and helpful, we will be fine.
So back to my late night musings.
It occurred to me that the goal here is not to get the boat south so quickly that we miss too much along the way. It’s a sailboat, after all, and therefore more about the journey than the destination. So I decided, in the middle of the night, to stay an extra day in this lovely place. I informed Carol the next morning, and she agreed.
We walked to the grocery for provisions, did some chart plotting together, and washed some clothes. We have had a great time walking the trails, looking at wildlife, flora and fauna native to this part of the globe. Tomorrow we will get moving again.
And that is soon enough.