We got here around 2:00pm yesterday to sunny skies and 72 degrees. We threaded our way through the well protected harbor where the boats were rafted up on mooring balls two and three apiece. Instead of joining the horde, we anchored just north of the mooring field in about 7.5 feet of water. We launched the dinghy and checked in with the office at the marina, just to get the skinny. (As we were anchored the marina has no authority, but we have no access to facilities. That’s fine, we were still making plans as to length of stay, etc.) It turns out there is no room here to leave the boat for the time we will be home for the Christmas holidays, so we returned to the boat to formulate a plan. Much research and many phone calls later, we determined that the whole south of Florida was reserved this year. We decided to return to Titusville, and made reservations there for the time we will be away. Logistically it’s probably the best choice anyway, given its geographical location to the airport we will be leaving from.
Having put that behind us and deciding to spend a few days here, we loaded back into the dinghy and motored over to the Riverside Café for lunch. It’s a neat little place right beside the marina with a dock where we tied the dinghy. After that it was back to the boat for a sound night’s sleep, punctuated with a shower towards morning.
Today we paid the requisite fee to the marina and were granted use of the facilities, including the dinghy dock. We then caught the bus into town. It picks you up right at the dinghy dock and is free. (Not only for the marina, but for the entire system, I believe.) We went to a shopping center that included, among other things, a West Marine and Publix, where we provisioned. We also had some excellent Chinese food for lunch. After schlepping our stuff back to the marina, loading it on the dinghy, and packing it onto the boat, we spent the rest of the day relaxing and reading. Showers moved in but the temperatures remained moderate, and Carol wore flip flops for the first time in a long while.
I can’t plan that well.
As we were leaving the boat I realized I had on boat shoes, after all. Oh well.
I intended to, really.