We both slept like rocks last night. I guess it's time to admit that I'm too old to stay up all night.
We grabbed a bag of ice at the marina and untied this morning about 7:30. Within a few minutes we were passing between the familiar day markers of the ICW. After the long night crossing the Gulf, being in the ICW made me feel closer to home. We are having a blast, but truthfully, we miss the grandkids. One or more of them have been with us on almost every boat trip we've taken over the last five years, and I can't wait for them to take a ride with me on this "new" boat.
Early this morning we were joined by a pair of dolphins on our bow, who swam with us for over a mile before they were replaced by a pair with a young one, then those were joined by another pair. This show lasted about 30 minutes, and was repeated on a smaller scale, several times during the day.
As we got into the "river" section West of Lake Wimico, a swallow-tailed kite circled in front of the boat over and over. They are at the top of the list when it comes to beauty and aerial ability. Glenda got some video of it, but it was too fast for her to get a still shot. Everywhere we looked, there were osprey with young chicks in their nest.
We were checked today by a very profession pair of officers from the Florida Wildlife and Conservation department who pulled alongside us to check our Florida registration - which, of course, we don't have. I explained that it was a recent purchase and we were taking her to Alabama, and a quick check of the bill of sale got a "You're good to go" from them.
We are back on central time, and anchored in a cove in East Bay, just off the ICW for the night.
Wow! What a difference a little rest makes. We got away from the marina about 7:30 this morning. We got officially on the intercostal water way and made good time. I found a radio station playing good old gospel music. I heard "How Beautiful Heaven must be" and as I look out over God's wondrous creation, even as damaged as it is by our sin, it is hard to imagine how beautiful heaven will be in its perfection.
We saw this picturesque light house in St. Mark sound. Today has been a mix of wide blue waters and narrow widing river with cypress trees. We went through Lake Winico and up the Jackson river. We bought a new fan for the pilot house and are glad we did since there is not as much of a breeze on the ICW at times. I spent much of my time looking for alligators, but no luck.
Daisy update: she has now decided that it is ok to poop or pee anywhere on the boat. I think we are taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back.