TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 29 NM
ANCHORED AT: LANTANA BRIDGE
ICW MILE MARKER 1030.1
SUNRISE: 7:10 SUNSET: 7:38
HIGH: 84 LOW: 69
TODAY’S 15 BRIDGES:
1. LAS OLAS
6. NE 14TH STREET
8. CAMINO REAL
9. PALMETTO PARK
10. SPANISH RIVER
13. GEORGE BUSH
14. SE15TH AVENUE
After fond farewells and promises to meet up further north, we cast off our lines and set out for unknown places. As we pulled out of the marina the huge Goodyear blimp hovered above as if it too was seeing us off. Our first bridge, the Las Olas Street Bridge, was the first of 15 bridges that we had to pass through today. Todd and Paula’s Ocean Breeze was moored just to our port as we hovered, waiting for the next bridge opening. Once through the bridge we passed Garth and Cathy’s Algonquin and we were truly off on our way.
|TODD AND PAULA'S SEA ESTATE MOORED AT THE LAS OLAS BRIDGE|
|CATHY AND GARTH'S ALGONQUIN AT THE LAS OLAS MARINA|
Now Sunday may not be the best day to travel through this congested area of the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) but we plunged ahead, avoiding the zipping jet skies and day trippers.
Let me tell you a little about the bridges that opened for us today and how they work. Each bridge opening is scheduled, some on the hour and half while other open on the quarter after and quarter of the hour. Oh yes, yet other bridges open on request. We got into a groove and spent most of the day moving through the openings with Therapy, a sports fishing boat. Sometimes we waited just a few minutes while other times we had just missed the opening and had nearly a half hour to hover while trying to fend off the smaller boats speeding by. You must first contact the bridge tender and notify them of your intention to take advantage of their next opening, giving them your boat name and type. This allows them to know which of the boats are waiting and which are just lolling about. They will tell you the time of their next opening and then you wait. When the spans rise, you get in line and quickly pass through, notify the tender that you have cleared and thank them for their service. When all boaters are safely through, the span goes down and the road traffic resumes.
The Boca Raton basin was teeming with on this sunny, warm Sunday. Folks just drop anchor and stand partying in these shallow waters. Just after passing by the Boynton Inlet we saw this fabulous compound and couldn’t figure out if it was a personal estate or a resort. It certainly was a super Wow place.
|THE BUSY BOCA RATON|
|WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS BEAUTY?|
We found a nice place to anchor just before the Lantana Bridge and enjoyed music from the shore bar and restaurant but opted to enjoy a quiet evening on board our Quest.
|WE ANCHORED JUST OF THE LANTANA BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS|
LANTANA TO SOUTH PALM BEACH