|Early morning departure|
Enchantment of the Sea cruise ship was coming in as we were leaving. A Disney cruise ship was already in port and the Carnival ship that was here yesterday was gone. There are clouds on the horizon and the seas are fairly calm but we need to get inside the ICW before weather picks up tomorrow. There is a lock between Port Canaveral and the ICW, and it is closed for repair! There fore, and the weather supports it, out we head for the deep blue sea.
We are on the lookout for wine! Last week the weather was rough enough that a container ship lost 24 containers somewhere between Port Canaveral and Ft. Pierce. So far coffee has been found on the beach but the cans are contaminated with seawater. Cases of wine have been washing up on the beach next and rumor has it, they are intact. Maybe we’ll get lucky! Dolphins to starboard!
Pulled in to Ft. Pierce and dropped anchor. We almost ran into a shoal area but Tim (another trawler snowbird) in an inflatable warned us off. There is a wide expanse of water here but only a small part of it is deep enough for us. It is good holding in mud and the anchor stuck fast right away. We put out 80 feet of chain even though it was only 10 feet deep at low tide and we only expect it to raise 2 feet at high tide. No one else is here and we don’t swing much with chain.
There is a nice looking island close by that begs for exploring but we are too lazy to put in the dinghy. Plus….do they have poisonous snakes here? I “re-began” my exercise program and Bob his banjo practicing.
There are lots of colored lights around this bay, green and red, yellow and white, blinkies and solid, a bridge of lights and a lot of plane traffic. Everything is at a distance so rather than be a bother it is more like looking at a long skinny Christmas Tree!