Boat Guests - St. Petersburg to Ft. Myers Beach
Todd's parents, Bill & Marilyn, arrived at Cathy's house late Saturday morning, March 1st. Once everything was loaded on the boat, we spent a little time visiting with Cathy before undoing the lines and pulling away from the dock that had been our home for the past two months.
The Captain decided we would just make a short run that afternoon and anchor at Egmont Key, in Tampa Bay, for the evening. By 2:30 the anchor was set so we got the dinghy down and Todd took his mom over to the beach for a few hours. It was fairly breezy out in the Bay, which made the water a little too rough for comfort, but we thought it would calm down overnight. Unfortunately, it got even worse before morning and none of us got much sleep. We had turned over the master stateroom to Todd's parents so we were sleeping in the guest stateroom and it was very noisy with waves slapping the bow all night. Todd even got up and tried to sleep on a cushion in the salon but that didn't work either.
The next morning we pulled anchor and headed for Sarasota. After dropping anchor near Marina Jack's we spent the afternoon napping and relaxing. Monday morning Todd took Bill & Marilyn to shore in the dinghy where they had breakfast and spent a few hours walking around town. When they returned we pulled anchor and went as far as Englewood Beach where we enjoyed a beautiful, calm evening.
Our anchorage an Englewood Beach where a small Hobie Cat was anchored behind "Life's2Short."
A beautiful sunset!
Tuesday turned windy again and our plan to go to Boca Grande was scrapped when we got in there and decided the wind was funneling through the anchorage just a bit too much for us to want to try to back up to the mangroves. So we went back out into Charlotte Harbor and traveled a few more miles to Pelican Bay where we anchored for the evening. It was still quite windy and we didn't have much protection but we found the best spot we could and made do.