Before leaving Pennenkamp State Park (again!) we went on a quick morning bike ride to get a few last minute necessities (half case of beer and veggies) and were greeted by this beauty:
We headed out without any idea of where we would spend the night, but stopped to hang out off Rodriguez Key on the Atlantic side at the sandy bar (the beach kind, not the tavern kind…remember we had our beer stocked up!). It seems we took no pix of our time in the water! Does that mean we are taking it for granted or just enjoying it so much? Regardless, it was great.
By late afternoon, N looked at all his info systems and found us a likely-good place to anchor for the night just 15 miles away. It was, however, on the Gulf side so we had to cross under that highway again. More room than this looks:
We anchored off Islamorada at Morada Bay in front of Loralei Restaurant and have, in fact, stayed 2 nights (testing/pushing the battery system again! ) since it is very pleasant, calm, easy and relaxing—plus they have good live bands playing all our oldies! “Parked” or rather docked just feet from the stage is this surprise that we came upon while dinghying around:
Headed back for our dinner and ,as you can see, a picture is worth a thousand words:
With the clock change and some intense night-time rain dumps, we had a late rise and just had no rush to leave the nice anchorage, so we opted for dinghy explorations.
We stumbled upon (if that’s what you do when you are in a dinghy and randomly come upon something) a Bass Pro Shop (with a dock…LOVE that kind of shopping).
Dinghying around is always fun and full of surprises:
More manatee spottings tucked in the mangroves too. Took some more bad pix of brown blobs….will spare you!
Our Looper friends with the broken arm had disengorged their refrig on us when they left for surgery (all is healing now, btw!) and we raked in some goodies including a bunch of green apples. So with the cloudy, cooler morning and needing a sugary carbohydrate fix, B used her stove top omni oven to create this apple desert:
Some more reading, naps and then a beer and people watching ashore at the Lorelei Restaurant got us to the end of the day and our BBQ’d dinner on board: