TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 16 NM
ANCHORED AT PARK POINT ANCHORAGE JUST NORTH OF BAKERS HAULOVER INLET MM 1080 TURN NW INTO ENTRANCE 75’ N OF RED 6A
SUNRISE IN FT LALUDERDALE: 6:55 AM
SUNSET IN NORTH MIAMI: 5:30 PM
Since we had an appointment to meet the Peterson Fuel Barge right in front of the Swimmers Hall of Fame at 8:00, we were up and on our way out of this peaceful anchorage in plenty of time to cover the 2 miles. Unfortunately, we received a call that the barge got stuck behind a railroad bridge closing up the New River. This put him in the 7:30 to 9:00 time slot the bridges do not open for boats due to the heavy rush hour traffic on the road. Well, this put our meeting time back to 9:30 with Quest “all dressed up and no place to go”. Dan just dropped the anchor out of the designated channel and there we sat for the next 1 ½ hours. Finally the little fuel barge arrived and we were able to spend over and hour pumping in 460 gallons of diesel. What a hassle but we really saved a good $450.00 over the marina prices so it was time well spent.
|HERE COMES THE FUEL! HERE COMES THE FUEL!|
|#72 PEGASUS V AT 252' 3"|
|#71 SAMAR AT 252' 6"|
|#45 PACIFIC AT 279' 9"|
|#42 CAKEWALK AT 281'|
|#38 PHOENIX 2 AT 286'|
|#36 FOUNTAINHEAD AT 287' 11"|
Our bridge openings were minimal today with only three requests made. I think the lovely Hollywood Beach Blvd. is one of my favorite bridges on the entire route.
|THE LOVELY HOLLYWOOD BEACH BLVD. BRIDGE|
Even with our morning’s delay we were chugging under the Sunny Isle Bridge and turning at R6A to reach our intended anchorage and meeting with Victor and Marilyn on S/V Whisper. We had met them last year in the Bahamas and enjoyed their company immensely. Whisper had received a new paint job earlier this fall and looks marvelous. Nice work Vic and Marilyn!
|WHISPER WITH HER SPIFFY NEW PAINT JOB|
|MARILYN AND VIC DINGY OVER TO WELCOME US|
We found a calm anchorage with several boats taking advantage of its benefits. After anchoring chores were done we met Vic and Marilyn at the adjacent park for a little Happy Hour then took a short walk.
|VIC, MARILYN AND DAN TOASTING OUR REUNION|
|QUEST AT ANCHOR|
|MARILYN BEGGING A HITCH WHEN THE DINK STALLS|
|FRIENDLY PARK RESIDENT PAYS US A VISIT|
Dinner was a potluck adventure aboard Quest with lots of stories and a riveting (maybe not so much) DVD of their visit to the iceberg off their homeland in Newfoundland. The Peterman Ice Island is about the size of New York’s Manhattan. Unbelievable!