Last night, we did not sleep well.

When the alarm went off, we jarred awake at about 6:30 a.m.

We talked about leaving at 6:45 the night before but those extra 15 minutes of sleep were so tempting.

We rolled out of bed and were fairly sure that our anchor’s decision to relocate itself was an anomaly.

Sam went to the Garmin to see the big picture.

The picture shows our rough night.

We were set.

The 24 mph winds decided that we needed to move.

The anchor set again.

So much for a good night’s sleep!

Great Decision

Sam’s decision to anchor out in Whale Harbor near Islamorada turned out to be a good one.

By anchoring, we didn’t have to plan around the tides or care about the skinny channel getting to a marina or another anchorage.

We knew that our anchorage was deep enough during the low tide.

We stayed on the outside.

Beautiful Run

Our journey from Islamorada to Miami was a beautiful ride with little traffic.

The view is serene all the way around.

The hours went by surprisingly fast.

It was just a relaxing, soothing, beautiful run.

Coming to Miami

As we started getting closer to Miami, the water started to change.

There was deep blue and green blue everywhere you turn.

It was exciting seeing Miami in the distance.

As we got closer to the city, we maneuvered around and started to see some amazing sites along the way.

Really incredible homes along the way.

Really incredible.

Location. Location. Location.

We continued on toward downtown.

So beautiful.

We did see quite a bit of traffic in this area on our way to anchor.

It was a Saturday so we kind of expected it to be crowded.

The closer we got, the more humbling it was.

We went under this bridge and then made a right turn.

That sailboat came out of nowhere and it wasn’t just because of our salt-covered windows made it hard to see.

The right turn comes that soon after the bridge.

Anchoring

We made it to our anchorage at Marine Stadium.

There were party boats all around us.

We spent the afternoon listening to loud dance beats and seeing tons of girls in bikinis although it was fairly chilly, that didn’t stop them.

Ah, Miami.

You didn’t disappoint.

And then that night.

Wow.

Just wow.

Our Thoughts