TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 14 NM
DOCKED AT GROVE ISLE MARINA MM 1093 ($ 160.00 TOTAL)
SUNRISE IN COCONUT GROVE: 6:56 AM
SUNSET IN COCONUT GROVE: 5:30 PM
We Left the anchorage in a little light mist but Marilyn and Victor were out there waving good bye.
We were wishing we had a Miami Herald while waiting for the 9:30 opening of the West Venetian Causeway Bridge. The waiting wasn’t too bad today as we only had to have three bridges opened.
|THE MIAMI HERALD BUILDING SETS RIGHT AT THE BRIDGE|
Passing by the Government Cut, a man-made shipping channel that provides a more efficient access to the busy Port of Miami, we glanced down to see three gigantic cruise ships in the process of changing over their dumping the old grew and welcoming on the new crowd.
|TALK ABOUT PROVISIONING!. |
THAT'S A LOTTA MEATBALLS1
We did find Spielberg’s 280’5” Seven Seas in the Miami area. This beauty ranks as #7 in the largest yachts and has a swimming pool, fully equipped gym and spa, a cinema and a helipad! Through in a crew of 26 and you’re all set to go. Tough work if you can get it.
|WE SAW SEVEN SEAS IN FT. LAUDERDALE LAST YEAR|
Our normal haunt in Coconut Grove, Dinner Key Marina, had no room for us so we ended up at Grove Isle Marina. When Dan called they told us they could accommodate us and then the slip owner called and reconfirmed and we paid him directly through the dock office. Whatever!
Looking at the passage weather it appeared that tomorrow might be our only halfway decent day to make the cross from Miami to Bimini. What a fiasco the rest of the day was. Good thing we had the tender, because the walk to the Fresh Market was a bit much and there were no cars available. Dan plopped me over by Coconut Grove to finish up some last minute holiday chores, visit the post office and bank then walk to the market for provisioning. While I was in town he finished up some of his boat chores to make ready for tomorrow. We got everything done that we got done and that’s that. The poor guy is rather short on the brews but I couldn’t get him to stock up earlier. Amazing how we learn to adapt though!
If you noticed the erratic switches in the sunrise and sunset times it is because our journey bring us south, sometimes west and others east, making the pattern inconsistent. I am confident, however, that when Christmas arrives we will begin to see our days lengthening at last.
Don’t know what my blogging ability will be in the Bahamas but I will try to keep you all up to date on our continuing adventure. Hope to talk to you from Bimini tomorrow!