|Sunsets are magical!|
|It's hard to tell, but there where a lot of waves going on here!|
On our way to Clewiston, we crossed another two locks (Ortona & Moore Haven), and saw so many alligators in the water that we lost count.... You could see the eyes and snout of the gator, then they would just sink/ disappear under the surface of the water. Yikes! You do not want to fall in the water in the Okeechobee waterway!
We were told (and explained how) you can tie up to the dolphins (near Clewiston) before you cross Lake Okeechobee... They looked pretty intimidating when we first saw them... But, hey... we aren't scared of a little challenge (and we like to save a bit of money too, lol) so we decided to tie up and spend a night there. We ended up tying extra lines together so that they would be long enough to reach the cleat. It went surprisingly well, and we spent a quiet afternoon and evening watching the gators watching us... No dinghy rides here!
We've been watching the wind/weather carefully and picked our day to cross Lake Okeechobee. According to the lock master at Moore Haven, we would see at lease six feet of water in the lake, (we never saw less than eight on our depth finder) so good depth and low winds. It was a good day! When we arrived on the other side, Port Mayaca, we were both smiling.
|Lake Okeechobee has been crossed! Looking at Port Mayaca|
|Horses on the shore, much better than gators!|
We went through the St. Lucie lock and made our way to Stuart. The Sunset Bay Marina and Anchorage was highly recommended by boaters, and we can see why. It's a great marina. We stayed one night at a slip, and then decided we wanted to stay here longer and moved to a mooring ball. We had never stayed on a mooring ball in a marina before. It's not bad at all! We're going to start looking for marinas with mooring, it's a safe place to be - you have access to the dinghy dock, showers, laundry and it's less expensive than a slip, but you don't have power/electricity, and you need to fill up on water at the main fuel dock... Not that big of a compromise really.
Stuart has been a great stop for us. We have caught up with fellow Loopers, we've been catching up with them, learning about their travels, and enjoying their company before we all go our separate ways again. The wonderful thing about the loop, is you know it's never a good bye, but until next time!
We're now looking forward to discovering what the East Coast has to offer! I am sure, it will not disappoint us.
Tina & Papi
"In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with"
I love reading your updates! I don't own a boat but each update makes me want to own a boat just so I can make the same trip! I lived in myrtle beach for awhile so please post pictures as you go thru the intracoastal waterway there! I can't wait to see pics of the Atlantic!!!ReplyDelete
:) There should be lots more pictures as we head up!Delete
what is your draw and what date did you cross the lake?ReplyDelete
We crossed Lake O on April 1. Our draft is only 3'5", so we weren't very worried about the depth - the wind however was another thing... :)Delete