Thank you, Judith Viorst, I couldn't have said it better myself.
The day began by running aground - twice - and ended with the anchor windlass breaking with a loud crash and catching Jim's jeans, ripping a huge hole in them and in the process pinching and tearing off a portion of the skin on his thigh! And inbetween the beginning and the end, it was a most unpleasant and interminable slog in 3-5 foot confused seas and 20 - 25 knot winds gusting to 29 right on the nose. Need I say the weather was not what we anticipated.
|Howling wind and white caps in our anchorage - time to leave|
|White Pelicans the night before we left|
|last sunrise at Russell Key|
It was an interminable six hours and was indeed dark by the time we got to the Marco Island Channel. At least we had been there before - channel markers can be very confusing at night and this particular entrance does some zigs and zags. Again we followed our "cookies" and this time they did not lead us astray. But I was exhausted and scared. With Jim beside me, helping me to stay on track, and ignoring my shaking, we made it to our favorite anchorage spot. When I was backing down to ensure that the anchor was well set, the snubber slipped, something broke loose on the windlass and Jim's jeans got caught. The ripped hole was insignificant compared to the huge bruise on his thigh and the pinched skin. I took a picture but decided it was too gross to put on the blog. After getting him patched up, and relaxing awhile, we could appreciate that the day was over and that we were safe and sound.
The three days at Marco were a lovely respite. The weather warmed up and we met our anchorage mates from Russell Bay for lunch. (They had had a worse trip than we did. They had engine problems and could make no headway against the wind and waves, so had to be towed into Marco!). We resupplied our milk and cheerios, went out for key lime pie, had good internet and all was well.
|Key lime pie at Snook Inn at Marco Island|
|A peaceful sail from Marco Island to Ft. Myers Beach|
|An obscene amount of ice cream but it did not defeat us!|