So we’ve had a couple of days to recuperate after our rough start to our Gulf Stream crossing. We find ourselves in Palm Beach at a rather nice marina right on Lake Worth. The wind is howling outside right now, and we are glad that we are not out in the middle of the stream. Wave heights are predicted at 13 feet in the next 24 hours. We will just settle in here until we get a nice weather window. No hurries.
As we were walking around town we started talking about these little “happy accidents” we find ourselves in. Every time we get stuck somewhere because of weather, we always find some cool new adventure on land. This weekend’s adventures included some great Chinese food, mall walking, a fancy dinner, and a visit to the sea turtle rescue center in Juno Beach, Florida.
Tonight we saw a really good movie (Captain Phillips) and indulged in some rarely acquired fast food. (Wendy’s!) We are all happy and embracing what life throws at us. Can’t change the circumstances of weather so you just roll with it.
We ran into a nice couple here at the marina who used to be docked right down the row from us in Vero Beach. They just happened to be visiting the marina to attend a wedding at the clubhouse. It was nice to see some familiar faces, and they were nice enough to give us a car ride and shave 3 miles off of our walk to the movie theater.
We thought that you might like to see what it looks like going down the Intracoastal Waterway, so we are including a 30 minute video compressed down to around 4 minutes. This illustrates why we don’t want to travel down the ICW again. You will see us negotiating one of the 30 drawbridges between here and Miami. Some open on demand, but most open on the half or quarter hour. If you miss an opening, you have to wait around for the next one. It’s like a little game of tag on the water. It really is frustrating when you are only a minute or two late and you have to wait 30 minutes for the next opening.
Regardless…the sound of our engines sped up 8x is kind of funny.