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#99 St. Augustine, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida

#99 St. Augustine, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida

We left the River's Edge Marina in St. Augustine, Florida very early the morning of March 8, 2020. There are 17 bridges that we will face but we only need two of them opened. The first bridge and then the last. It's going to be a long day but we have plans to return...

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#98 Daytona Beach, Florida to St. Augustine, Florida

#98 Daytona Beach, Florida to St. Augustine, Florida

We got up early this morning. I really wanted to sleep. Actually, I wanted to stay another night here in Daytona Beach but that wasn't going to happen. Sam had made arrangement to meet his friend, Bill Gillespie and his wife, Vicki, in St. Augustine today. So, off we...

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#97 Titusville, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida

#97 Titusville, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida

We woke up in a good mood. After staying at the Titusville Marina for two nights, we were ready to move on. There was a park on both sides of the marina exit. I never noticed when we entered the marina, that this island had a statue on it but it looks very European....

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#96 Vero Beach, Florida to Titusville, Florida

#96 Vero Beach, Florida to Titusville, Florida

Yes, we had to get up early. Really early. We were thankful that Vero Beach City Marina let us tie up to their fuel dock overnight but it meant we had to be gone by 7:30 a.m. But even though we were forced to leave early, we had planned to anyway. We were going to go...

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#95 North Palm Beach, Florida to Vero Beach, Florida

#95 North Palm Beach, Florida to Vero Beach, Florida

We woke up early by accident. We had such a peaceful night's sleep in this anchorage, we woke up naturally. Weird. There were a few clouds as the sun came up but it just made the morning that much more beautiful. We were the only powerboat there anchored among the...

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#94 Pompano Beach, Florida to North Palm Beach, Florida

#94 Pompano Beach, Florida to North Palm Beach, Florida

Usually, when we pull away from a marina or anchorage, I have my cell phone ready and take a video of us pulling away. Well, today there is a very good reason why that wasn't possible. When it was time for our departure, the wind was fierce. Not just a little windy...

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#93 Miami, Florida to Pompano Beach, Florida

#93 Miami, Florida to Pompano Beach, Florida

I can’t begin to tell you just how incredible it was waking up so close to downtown Miami. But not only that. Our route leaving the anchorage allowed us to pass so close to all the buildings, the city park, and the cruise terminal. Really magnificent. This is how I...

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#92 Islamorada, Florida to Miami, Florida

#92 Islamorada, Florida to Miami, Florida

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...

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#91 Marathon, Florida to Islamorada, Florida

#91 Marathon, Florida to Islamorada, Florida

Well it’s time to leave Skipjack Marina in Marathon. A lovely marina and resort. The hotel looks like it was built in the 50s. But the pool area was nice. Even though the restaurant was closed for renovations, the tiki bar at the pool was open for food and drinks. We...

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#90 Key West, Florida to Marathon, Florida

#90 Key West, Florida to Marathon, Florida

We stayed at the Boca Chica marina at the Naval Air Station Key West for a week. Our last sunset in Key West was a beautiful one. The next morning after Reveille, I took a stroll so you could see the base. Well, not the entire base, just the marina. They put us at the...

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#89 Marco Island, Florida to Key West, Florida

#89 Marco Island, Florida to Key West, Florida

After the very rough 3-hour ride yesterday from Fort Myers Beach to Marco Island, I made Sam promise that the ride to Key West today would be better. He promised. If we didn't leave today, we would have to wait 3 days until the next better weather window. So, off we...

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#88 Fort Myers Beach, Florida to Marco Island, Florida

#88 Fort Myers Beach, Florida to Marco Island, Florida

We got delayed for a few days in Fort Myers Beach because of a bent propeller and then weather delayed us for another couple of days. A storm swept through dumping snow in some parts of the country but just rain and strong winds here in Florida. As soon as the...

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#87 Cape Coral, Florida to Fort Myers Beach, Florida

#87 Cape Coral, Florida to Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Wow, what a month! We really had a fantastic time staying at Cape Harbour Marina in Cape Coral. On the night before we left we had a chance to meet Cully and Heidi who found us through YouTube. We met our neighbors, We Wine A Lot, and had a nice meal at Fathoms. Gotta...

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#86 Saint James City, Florida to Cape Coral, Florida

#86 Saint James City, Florida to Cape Coral, Florida

There's nothing like the first sunrise of a brand new year. While we were anchored out from Saint James City, I got up early and was amazed at just how beautiful the new year was. It's exciting. The world is still asleep but not us. We are anxious to get on our way....

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#85 Venice, Florida to Saint James City, Florida

#85 Venice, Florida to Saint James City, Florida

After spending three nights at Fisherman's Wharf in Venice, we decided to move on. It was holiday season and we could not find a marina to stay at between Venice and Cape Coral so we were going to have to anchor again. Oh boy. We didn't know which anchorage we were...

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#84 Sarasota, Florida to Venice, Florida

#84 Sarasota, Florida to Venice, Florida

What a great city Sarasota is! And a fun place to celebrate the holidays. We are looking at a short trip today, only about 2 1/2 hours, so we aren't in a hurry to get out of Marina Jacks. We had a nice leisurely breakfast at O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill. Another...

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#83 St. Petersburg, Florida to Sarasota, Florida

#83 St. Petersburg, Florida to Sarasota, Florida

Our anchorage at Maximo Park by St. Petersburg, Florida was another attempt to pretend like we know how and enjoy anchoring. We don't. Although, I slept great, Sam struggles to relax when we are on the hook. We did wake up to a beautiful morning. And when we left, we...

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#82 Tarpon Springs, Florida to St. Petersburg, Florida

#82 Tarpon Springs, Florida to St. Petersburg, Florida

After being in Tarpon Springs for several days, it was finally time to be moving on. We woke up to a beautiful sunrise. Port Tarpon Marina gave us a fantastic weekly rate so we stuck around for seven nights. The weather made us tack on an extra day. But we didn't...

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#81 Carrabelle, Florida to Tarpon Springs, Florida

#81 Carrabelle, Florida to Tarpon Springs, Florida

Today is the day. Today we cross from Carrabelle through the Gulf of Mexico over to Tarpon Springs. At about 4:45 p.m., we take off down the channel. I would have loved to stay in Carrabelle a little longer but we had to move when the weather window was open. It's "Go...

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#80 Apalachicola, Florida to Carrabelle, Florida

#80 Apalachicola, Florida to Carrabelle, Florida

We got up around 7:30 a.m. It was a leisurely morning. We strolled over to a coffee shop and met up with the crew of the Archimedes who had rafted up with us on the wall. At around 9:30 a.m., we helped Archimedes shove off and we were right behind. After passing under...

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#79 Panama City, Florida to Apalachicola, Florida

#79 Panama City, Florida to Apalachicola, Florida

The morning we left Panama City, Florida it was cold, rainy and windy. Not a real good combination for boating. But we moved on anyway. After we pulled out of the Lighthouse Marina and into the Grand Lagoon, we saw several boats anchored on the right hand side. Then,...

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