|Flagler Memorial Bridge, Palm Beach|
If you miss an opening, you need to circle around at snail pace, sometimes in a strong current, to wait for the next opening. So there’s a bit of self-induced pressure to get there in time. We found some mighty friendly and understanding Florida bridge tenders (probably some irate drivers on the bridges!) who kept their bridges open for the “caboose” boat which was usually us. Hunter 36s are a tad underpowered, so we’re usually the slow boat on the waterway.
After 9 bridge openings, we pulled into Delray Harbor Club Marina to relax. We decided to stay here for two nights since this marina offered shelter from the ICW wakes, clean showers, and close proximity to restaurants, movies, grocery, etc. Finally got to see “Up in the Air” and get my regular “George Clooney fix.”
MORE BRIDGES, NOW WITH WIND TOO
|A "Got Rocks" home|
After a short day today (only 4 hours on the ICW, but 7 more bridge openings), we’re anchored right now in Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano. It’s a dandy little anchorage with shelter from today’s 20+ knot south winds. I think white caps on the ICW are rare, but I can’t imagine what the ocean must look like today.
Some crummy weather is coming tomorrow and wind direction will not be favorable to us going “outside” from Fort Lauderdale to Biscayne Bay south of Miami. So we plan to arrive in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow and stay for a few days, waiting for a good “weather window.” But we can’t complain since our friends and neighbors in Williamsburg are experiencing a major snow storm with up to 14 inches accumulation predicted.