o.w.w-27Crossing the state via the Okeechobee Waterway only took a number of days. Four to be exact. We were happy to have made the decision to go “through” the state versus “around” because it was simple of course. We like simple.  Waiting for the right “weather-window” was a non-issue…doesn’t really matter what the weather is like when your motor-boatin along a river. All you gotta do is stay in the middle. Louise just chugged along, dodging branches, plants, and a few reptiles.

Crossing the lake itself was fairly uneventful. Lake Okeechobee is massive, and shallow, with an odd channel that zig zags through the center. It felt like someone was playing a trick on us the way the channel twists over 25 miles of open water. The miles leading up to the lake were spectacular. Free of charge we experienced a wildlife safari. Manatees, alligators, and a bird sanctuary. Katie was in birding heaven, and I discovered my new career as an alligator hunter.

We arrived unharmed at Florida’s east coast. Which only called for a celebration, of course.  We dropped trow (anchored out) 1/2 a mile from the Atlantic ocean in a protected inlet by Jensen Beach. We opted to anchor just off a deserted stretch of property and then the three of us kayaked to shore. (have I mentioned we now have a kayak?!). Anyway, we had the whole back yard to ourselves where not only Reggie, but Katie as well left a present in the bushes. Next mission – cold beer. For those of you who don’t know, we have zero refrigeration on our boat. Yes we have a cooler. But we have given up all hope of buying ice to keep things cold. It soon became pointless while traveling in this kind of heat.  That being the case, we were on a mission for an ice cold beer. After several miles of walking, Siri found us a bar. The moment a frosty mug of Blue Moon was placed in front of us, we were complete.  And the Atlantic ocean has welcomed us.

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3 thoughts on “Gators, manatees and raptors.

  1. I found your blog while looking for a marina on the Okeechobee Waterway.

    Your adventures remind me of our adventures when we were a very young married couple living on a 25′ Oday in the Bahamas. That very boat was just sold, again, and is in Muskegon, MI. Now that we are older and retired we spend our summers living on a boat on White Lake just north of Muskegon. We winter in FL.

    Simple advice drawn from 10 summers spent on a sailboat in the Bahamas. PROTECT YOURSELVES FROM THE RAVAGES OF THE SUN. Cover up and wear UV blocking sunglasses. We have both gone under the knife for skin cancers and cataracts at early ages. More simple advice. CARPE DIEM. I hope you have at least as great a time as we did. The grand times you are having will emerge as some of the most outstanding times in your lives.

    Fair winds and following seas,
    Ron and Mavis

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