Monday, March 14, 2016

Fort Myers to Marco Island

It is great to be cruising after our pleasant 2-month stay in Fort Myers. Today we covered 52 miles in just about 7 hours. The first 10 or so miles were a no-wake zone, so it was slow going. Then we traversed the Miserable Mile (Very narrow and shallow high traffic area), passed under the Sanibel bridge, and entered the Gulf of Mexico. There is no Intercostal Waterway between Fort Myers and the Keys, so we are on the outside. The water color changed from brown to light blue-green at last.

Parasailing

Our good friend John Scott is cruising with us, making this trip even more enjoyable! His knowledge and experience are very welcome, as his his companionship.

We had most 2-foot waves off our forward starboard quarter, giving us a mildly bouncy ride. It wasn't a problem until I came below to make lunch. After staggering around in the galley I definitely had some thoughts of sea sickness. Fortunately I felt fine after returning to the bridge.

We anchored in Smokehouse Bay on Marco Island for the night- a wonderful spot!  We took a dinghy ride to shore and tied up at the Winn-Dixie dinghy dock while we checked out the area and made a few purchases.

Smokehouse Bay
We have a very long day planned for tomorrow to take advantage of the nearly perfect cruising conditions predicted.


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