Friday, May 24, 2013

Day Four and we're moving NORTH

Friday, May 24, 2013 

Early departure from Vero Beach past Cape Canaveral – we weren’t in the right place at the right time to benefit from seeing a rocket launch.  Bummer, however, we did hear the Coast Guard announcement regarding the planned firing of some 4 rockets about a dozen times.  The announcements sounded ominous given the heavy fines and imprisonment if a boater was caught in the 'restricted' zone and we somehow refused to take the time to figure it all out.  We thought better of that decision about 9 am when we looked around and we were the ONLY boat out.... fortunately others joined us soon after and no one was ever arrested that we could see!

We did not see a lot of boats out today until we reached the New Smyrna Beach area.  HOWEVER, we did get to make our 'first official pass' today when we were able to pass two sailboats !!!

  But, we did see several manatees resting and swimming today, as well as numerous dolphins jumping and playing everywhere! 
These really are Manatee's... a whole herd were in this hole on the Haulover Cut!
Lot's of these little islands scattered along the way.  Ron told Michele that if the boat 'sank' we could at least walk over to one of these little islands and wait for help!
This is the Haulover that is apparently a railroad bridge leading to the NASA launch facilty.  The bridge was open today so we breezed right thru..... after we took down all the antenna's of course so we could make it under the bridge!


Our chart plotter looks like this a lot today... 12.6 feet of water  and nice straight runs.

A full moon tonight while anchored in Rockhouse Creek north of New Smyrna Beach.  Ron did a little fishin’ today after anchoring (which proceeded a bit better today), and caught a flounder that he threw back
YeMMore of our favorite birds... one island had hundreds of these covering the entire island.... must have been a real convention going on!

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