Way back up the rivers we had an engine-hours counter added. It’s been good to have and certainly keeps B, as the first mate who is charge of the ship’s log, honest on how long we are underway…so without exaggeration (or rather minimization), she reports that we went all of 1.089 hours of travel time today. And it was NOT because we had any boat issues. Yay! Just puttering southward to position ourselves for the open water crossing to the Keys tomorrow and to wait out some winds and related waves that otherwise probably would turn B and Ziggy green at 40 miles off-shore.
Here we are, pre-departure, buried amongst the big boats at fancy Marco Island Marina where they even have a heated pool! ( Speaking of fancy…there are 7 billionaires who have permanent residence ON this tiny little island.)
As we exited Marco Island Marina, we passed this big boat:
After our 1.089 hours of cruising (the vast majority of which was taken up with undocking /docking and exiting/entering the marinas, btw!) we made it to Calusa Island Marina (at the bottom tip of Marco Island..despite the marina’s name).
It’s a looooong walk on a boardwalk and then through a major mangrove forest just to get from the boat dock to the marina office. This evening we learned to NOT do the walk at dusk…the biting bugs are at their worst. Ugh! If you haven’t noticed, in basically every picture that includes green, we are constantly surrounded by mangroves—read that: Bug Breeding Grounds! But luckily out on the dock, there is a constant breeze that keeps them at bay.
But by mid-afternoon we took a short (especially when compared to the boardwalk to just get off the dock!) jaunt into the little town of Goodland to have a look around:
Speaking of crabs, we stopped into the local fish market where we bought some smoked mullet and learned about crab claw leg regeneration ..talk about renewable resource! (if this interests you: https://www.bluecrab.info/autotomy.html) It’s required by law to harvest ONLY the legs and toss the crab back in the water. Do we do that in Washington?