|The street in front of our new house. Love that Spanish moss.|
|Bird watching is easier for me when there are BIG birds to watch. I watched this Great White Egret snag a baby gecho and digest it in a split second as he prowled our flower beds.|
The only bad weather day we had in the two weeks we were in Florida was the day we showed up at the marina determined to get a definite time to pick up the boat the next day. They announced it was ready to go NOW, and in the water. It was already 4 p.m., we didn't know exactly how to get from the Myakka River to Lemon Bay, and we came totally unprepared. In our shorts and t-shirts (it was 77 degrees) we took off at 4:30 p.m. with 15 gallons of fuel for our dock on Forked Creek, off Lemon Bay. We thought it would be about 20 miles, and were fairly certain we just went straight south until we hit the intercoastal waterway, and then followed it to our marker and thence to our dock.
|This is the relatively calm water of Lemon Bay where I finally dared to take a picture.|
What innocents we were! We didn't realize it was 42.9 miles (our GPS reading when we finally got to our dock) and there was a small craft advisory for all waters. By the time we crossed Charlotte Harbor with 4' waves, we were both drenched to the skin and shivering with cold. We arrived at 7:30 p.m. in our channel, only to discover it was a serious maze and our knowledge of our new GPS left a LOT to be desired. On the positive side, we did arrive alive, we didn't run out of fuel, and we did find the dock before dark. However, it was a seriously frightening ride, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!