Friday, March 13, 2009

Still Hanging on the Caloosahatchee River

It is now Friday and the reconditioned diesel injectors are being installed on Norm's boat, Tidehiker. We have a friend who can fix anything on boats in Stuart and, if the problem persists, Norm will ask for his help when we get there. We hope to leave Franklin Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway tomorrow morning, Saturday, and make our way east to Clewiston on the SW Shore of Lake Okeechobee. The journey to Stuart will take 2 overnight stops, so we hope to be there on Monday.

In the meantime, we are really enjoying our time here. Our RV neighbors, John and Nell, were so kind to lend us their car on Wednesday and we did some more provisioning. Rick and I bought wetsuits because we've been told that we will need them to snorkel in the Bahamas this time of year because of the water temperature.
We have started looking at the Bahamas charts and are getting psyched about going. The general plan is to head back to Stuart, then south again to Key Biscayne, and wait there for a weather window to cross to Bimini. From there we plan to make our way SE to Chub Cay, then across the Tongue of the Ocean to New Providence Island and Nassau. From there it's a relatively lazy cruise down the Exuma chain.

The weather has been beautiful all week, finally Florida weather! Rick captured this amazing shot of the moon from the back of the boat. We had hoped to see the shuttle launch but it has been delayed until Sunday. If we are lucky, we may see it along the way.

There is a very, very small island near our boat where the most amazing number of birds roost every night. They vie for space as they land and there is a lot of squaking going on in the evening. What a great place this is!

Yesterday Norm and Vicki took down their kayaks and went exploring. Lynnie gave it a go in Vicki's kayak when they came back. It was lots of fun.

Here are a couple of videos (click on the "Play" arrow) of Lynnie trying to get off the kayak. It isn't as easy as you might expect and pretty funny to watch. The video of Norm getting back on 'the big boat' shows how it should be done! Nice work, Norm. More later as we get into Lake Okeechobee and on to Stuart.