TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 43 NM
DOCKED AT: FORT PIERCE CITY MARINA ICW MILE MARKER: 965
SUNRISE: 7:07 SUNSET: 7:39
HIGH: 85 LOW: 69
TODAY’S 5 BRIDGE OPENINIGS:
1. PARKER BRIDGE
2. PGA BLVD. BRIDGE
3. JUPITER FEDERAL BRIDGE
4. 707 BRIDGE
5. HOBE SOUND BRIDGE
Pulling up anchor in Lake Worth we somehow managed to snag a trap line but it didn’t slow us down and gave Dan something to look forward to. Always something! We keyed up our radio and alerted the Parker Bridge tender of our intentions to catch his 9:15 opening and slipped right through.
Just after passing the Jupiter Federal Bridge we made a sharp right towards the Jupiter Inlet then a hard left to continue our ICW journey. The channel became dramatically wider with civilization in residence on one side and the Hobe National Wildlife Refuge on the other.
|THIS IS THE WAY TO THE JUPITER INLET THAT LEADS TO THE SEA|
|WE FOLLOWED THIS PATH THAT CONTINUES THE ICW|
Dan dropped the anchor in Hobe (Ho-bay) Sound, just off green aid to navigation marker 43, and swam down to clear the offending rope that we picked up in Lake Worth. The little bit of rope that Dan retrieved proved to be hardly worth the effort. We are beginning to see nesting osprey again. We so enjoyed watching them last year.
|HARVESTING MORE SNAGGED LINES|
|THIS WAS HARDLY WORTH THE EFFORT|
|OSPRY AND NEST PERCHED HIGHT IN THE NAKED TREE|
At red aid to navigation marker 34 the USCG was working at retrieving a wayward marker from the mud and shoaling. I’m sure they are kept busy trying to keep everything “ship-shape” in this ever-changing ICW and we boaters are all grateful.
|USCG ATTEMPTING TO RETRIEVE AND RESET A NAVIGATION MARKER TO |
KEEP OUR WATERWAYS ACCURATELY MARKED
Just south of the huge South Bridge in Fort Pierce we made a hard left to enter the marked channel into the City Marina’s convenient facilities. Boy, it was a battle to get Quest spun around and backed into the slip with wind wanting to dictate our path. Dan, of course, did a masterful job that earned him kudos from the helpful dock master.
Walking back to Quest after checking in at the office we discovered two manatees lurking near a docked boat in the marina. We had heard many tales of them visiting marinas but this was our first sighting. We watched their slow maneuvers with rapt attention. Wow!
|THE BARELY SUBMERGED MANATEE|
|BOBBING UP FOR A BREATH OF FRESH AIT|