Miles: 62 Total Miles: 2,928
Locks today: 2 Total locks: 38
Today we crossed the Lake Okeechobee Waterway, along with Charis and Patriyachtik. We left Moore Haven around 0730 and immediately locked through the dam there.
|Daybreak in Moore Haven|
|Looks like this osprey grabbed a gar.|
|I am pleased that my new camera captured a sharp image of this flying eagle from a moving boat at quite a distance.|
|Construction work along the bank|
|Smoke from burning cane fields|
|Charis and Patriyachtik enter Port Mayaca lock.|
The waterway was now the St. Lucie Canal- another narrow ditch the rest of the way to our marina near Stuart. We had a little excitement with a railroad swing bridge. It has just five feet of clearance and is left open unless a train is approaching. Our leader called the bridge tender, who told us that there was a train coming but he would leave the bridge open for us. He must have thought we were fast boats, because several times he called on the radio telling us to hurry to beat the train. I have never thought that racing a train is a good idea- especially through a open bridge. We were the last boat in line, concerned that the tender would decide to start closing the span at any moment. It was tense! The tender exhorted us to keep up our speed even through the bridge's no wake zone. It sounded like he was about to wet his pants. Our boats, which typically travel at 8 mph or so, were streaking through that bridge at 11 mph. Whew! The bridge began to close the second we cleared it. I continued to look back, expecting to see the train any second. It was a full 6 minutes later when the train appeared-- not quite as close a call as we thought!
|We saw this family n the water seining for fish.|
Our flotilla of three arrived at River Forest Marina around 3:30, in plenty of time for docktails. Tomorrow it looks like we we all go our separate ways.