I’m not really a fan of the ICW through Miami and Fort Lauderdale. It is not all that scenic and can be crazy busy. Somehow we got lucky and our little tug slipped through the ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale without encountering any ships on both our trip south and north. Once past the city we had a good trip up to one of our favorite little places, Lighthouse Point Marina. There is nothing special here just friendly staff, a good restaurant and easy in and out right off the ICW. We left the next day in order to cross Lake Worth on a calm day. We would have liked to stop in Palm Beach but the marinas are crazy expensive. So onward to Safe Harbor North Palm Beach where At Ease was tucked into a 50 foot slip surrounded by the big girls. At least we were blocked from the wind and had plenty of room to back out in the fairway. The best part of this stop was the nearby Costco where we stocked up on some stuff we needed.
As with the trip south, we spent a week in Fort Pierce for no reason other than we like warm weather and really didn’t want to get to Georgia before March 1. As weather and winds permitted we continued on stopping in Vero Beach, Melbourne, Titusville, New Smyrna Beach just because we wanted to try a pizza place, Daytona, Marineland and Jacksonville. The most excitement we had underway was seeing the Space X Falcon 9 launch from around 23 miles away as we headed to Melbourne.
Our final stop of the trip was Fernandina Harbor Marina which finally opened in January after a hurricane destroyed it three years ago. Love this little historical town and definitely one of the highlights of the trip north.
We are back in Brunswick, Georgia wishing we were still in the warm Keys. But the sun is shining with a howling wind that is keeping the noseeum’s at bay. We are getting some things done on the boat, stocking up and planning our trip north in April. The goal is summer in the Chesapeake Bay.