March 2012 - Page 4
Docked at Cabbage Key in Pine Island Sound. In the background, the very exclusive Useppa Island.
March 13 - 11:15 AM - Dep Sarasota - fair 80º, wind E-10
. 12:45 PM - passing Venice
. 3:00 PM - Arr: Cabbage Key (Pine I Sound)
Today: 43.8 n mi - 4.9 eng hrs
March 14 - 11:00 AM - Dep Cabbage Key
. 12:45 PM - enter Caloosahatchee R.
. (mile 0 of Okeechobee Wtrwy)
. 2:30 PM - Arr: Ft Myers Yacht Basin
. Today: 28.3 n mi - 3.5 eng hrs
Pine Island Sound in a rare calm state - gorgeous!
The well-marked entrance to the Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant.
Along the scenic Cabbage Key Nature Trail.
A cooperative gull at sunset on Cabbage Key..
Links to some of our Overseas Exploits...
One of the Cabbage Key rental cottages - with a
fenced-in turtle habitat in the front yard!
Thousands of dollar bills decorate the inside of the the Old
House Restaurant on Cabbage Key - over $50,000, so they say.
(Fortunately, they don't serve any flaming apetizers here!)
The Ides of March! - 11:00 AM - Dep Ft Myers
(our usual early departure!)
12 noon - Franklin Lock
2:00 PM - passing La Belle
4:00 PM - passing Moore Haven
passed PDQ 34 "Allez Cat"
5:15 PM - Arr Clewiston - Roland
(and Mary Ann) Martin's Marina -
is there anywhere else to stay here?
Exactly 2 weeks from from our last
visit here, & once again, it's Karaoke Night!
Today: 55.7 n mi - 5.8 eng hrs
A low-cost powercat. Looks to be a Gemini with the
mast removed and power suplied by 20hp outboards..
At the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, everyone's heading out into San Carlos Bay - boating season has begun!
Sunset as seen from the Ft Myers Yacht Basin..
March 16 - Filled diesel tanks (@ a mere $3.98/gal)
100.1 gallons. Since last fill-up: 296 n mi
11:00 AM - Dep Clewiston, wind E 15 kts
11:15 AM - headed for East Rim
12:15 PM - passing Pahokee, practically deserted!
1:00 PM - Port Mayaca Lk, St Lucie Canal
3:00 PM - St Lucie Lock - 13 ft down
5:15 PM - Arr: Jensen Beach, Nettles I.
Today: 63.8 n mi - 6.1 eng hrs
Caloosahatchee RR bridge. (I liked the clouds.)
Along the Caloosahatchee R. a CAMEL with the horses! Click
or mouse-over, for a close-up - there's an ostrich in there too!.
An Outward Bound boat coming out of the Ortona Lock
- under oar-power!
Great clouds today - along the upper Caloosahatchee River..
At Roland Martin's Marina, an airboat skillfully manuvers into
the dock just ahead of us..
Back to where we started - the St. Lucie Lock.
What's she doing down here?
|. An excellent 16-day mini-cruise! We covered 545
. nautical miles (625 statute miles). We traveled on 13 of
. the 16 days, making our average run about 48 miles per
. day. Our 15-knot cruising speed allowed us to accomplish
. this with easy 3-4 hour daily runs, the rest of the time was
. spent sightseeing. As usual, the boat performed flawlessly.
|. Certainly an easier trip than heading to the Bahamas
. as weather is not much of a factor here. The biggest open
. expanse of water is Lake Okeechobee (which was
. completely flat on our westbound trip, see Page 1.) Even in
. windy weather, the Rim Route can be followed to gain
. protection. On our return trip, with winds gusting to 20
. kts from the East, we headed over to the east rim and came
. around past Pahokee in flat, calm waters - no sweat.
|.The Florida West Coast does have a different flavor
.from the FL East Coast. We were particularly
.impressed with the St. Petersburg area where there
.appears to be some real culture! It's a lovely town
.with four waterfront parks, several museums and
.many restaurants - all within walking distance of the
.marinas. We also enjoyed Sarasota and the distinctly
.ethnic flavor of Tarpon Springs.
|.It was surprisingly uncrowded; we had no trouble
.finding transient dockage, even without reservations.
.Apparently the boating season for most Floridians
.doesn't start until Mid-March - strange! For us
.Yankees, it seems like time to think about heading
.North. It's starting to get hot here!