We arrived at the Matanzas Pass mooring field at Ft. Myers Beach with the luxury of knowing that we could stay for a week and just explore. No repairs, no injuries, no drama!!
Times Square is a hub of restaurants, ice cream parlors, shops with all manner of beach equipment and souvenirs, live music and just general high energy tourism. It seemed like the right occasion to have my one drink a year! I don't like the taste of alcohol but this was a rum drink with strawberries, mango and banana and tasted like an icy fruit punch. I suspect it could become habit forming!!
We were on the same mooring ball as last time and we like it because it is on the very end of the field and we don't have the sense of being with a lot of other boats.
|View from the mooring field looking east|
|Entering the Preserve|
|Hardly need the Trail Map with the Boardwalk|
|Typical section of boardwalk|
|End of the trail|
The cold caught up with us, but was motivation for Jim to bake Tucker bread. We are lucky to have an Argentinian "niece-in-law" who lives in Australia and I think she must have creatively combined Argentinian and Australian cooking. It has become one of Jim's specialities. He tried to transcribe her recipe (difficult since she is of the "pinch of this, two pinches of that" persuasion) but I think finally has it down.
|Getting ready to roll out the dough with his thermos bottle|
|2/3 traditional recipe, 1/3 peanut butter and jam|
|Ready for baking|
|Done and Yum!|
|Apparently baking the Tucker Bread did not heat up the boat as much as we would have liked!|
|Sunrise at Matanzas Pass just before we left|
After hiking their short trail around the island, we actually stopped for a "hamburger in Paradise"!
|This little guy was ever hopeful for some handouts!|
|Looked like a weeping willow succulent!|
|Spanish Moss gave the pathway an eerie atmosphere|
We headed off to Hog Island, our usual stopover spot where we stage for going through the lock. We waited until a few hours before high tide and proceeded to the lock entrance about 4:30pm. Still ran aground but because it was a rising tide we finally floated off and went through the lock with no problems. It was approaching sunset but we managed to arrive at Safe Cove before dark and tie up along the dock.
|Safe Cove visible in the distance|
Our last sunrise while at the dock was lovely and despite much heavier winds than we like to maneuver in we were able to back into the "well" and the pros here lifted us out and moved us into our new spot where the boat will be for the next 10 months or so!
|Sunrise from the boat before haul-out|
And now off to Panama ......