Sunday, June 19, 2016

Goodbye Miami, Hello Ft. Lauderdale

Today was another perfect example of how cruisers have to be flexible and ready to change their plans at the last minute.

We had planned to go from Dinner Key mooring field to Sunset Bay Yacht Club to meet some friends. We left about 9:30 and motored under the first bridge okay, but when we got to the Dodge Island Railway Bridge, which is normally open, it was closed.

We motored around in circles for a while, had a nice chat with a Boat Tow US driver about cruising and foreign ports, and motored around some more. Numerous calls on Channel 9 went unanswered.

After about 45 minutes we gave up on the bridge ever opening and decided to head to Ft. Lauderdale instead.

Other sailors might not have done that, but as we made our way out Government Cut, I could feel my shoulders loosening and a calmness coming over me. I always feel better out in deep water and we made good time on the Gulf Stream.

We had no trouble getting into Ft. Lauderdale and although anchorages aren't always easy to find, we found a spot and are anchored for the night. Tomorrow begins our adventure on the ICW. Unless, of course, we change our plans again.

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