Miles Today: 51 SM; Total Miles: 4,975 SM
Locks Today: 0 ; Total Locks: 103
The winds finally calmed and it was time to leave Dunedin and head south. Brenda and Glenn on Young at Heart had decided to leave their boat nearby until after the first of year. So we said our good-byes — at least until they make it to SW Florida after New Years.
We untied the lines at 8:45 p.m. and headed south in the ICW. There were lots of bridges and slow zones between Dunedin and Tampa Bay. We passed this sunken boat near Madeira Beach, sure must have ruined the owners day.
We got a call on the radio from Scott on Putz’n Around (the other boat we traveled with on the Gulf Crossing). They left Tarpon Springs this morning and were not too far behind us. We told them where we were going and they said they might catch up.
Dolphins were plentiful today, but the perfect photo still eludes us.
Fortunately, we fit under most of the bridges and we arrived at our planned stopped too early. So we decided to go on across Tampa Bay. The forecast was for NE 10-15 kt winds and a moderate chop. Surprisingly, the winds were light and there was a light chop on the water. Once across, we had to wait for the Cortez bridge but still managed to arrive at Longboat Key 3:30 p.m.
We had planned to anchor just off Jewfish Key. The anchorage was full, mostly with deserted boat. So we tied up to the dock at Moores Stone Crab House Restaurant. They let you stay overnight for free (no electric to water) if you have dinner at their restaurant. No sooner had we tied up and we got the call that Putz’n Around was coming in too.
After getting Putz’n Around tied up, Brigitte and Scott joined us for dinner. It was a nice evening, although it was getting colder and it was getting dark earlier since we had to set our clocks back last night. But tomorrow is another day….