Sleeping with Alligators
Trip Start Jan 11, 2010
45Trip End Apr 14, 2010
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Our morning started with a lock at Moore Haven (Mile 78) and then we followed a canal to Clewiston (mile 75.7) before we took off into the lake with depths of 11 to 17 feet depending upon the season. Thankfully Florida is not now experiencing the drought we benefited from in Feb./March 2009 so we had good water levels relatively speaking. The canal from Moore Haven to Clewiston is pretty boring except for the waterfowl that are in abundance
We were the second smallest boat we saw during our crossing. There were at least two vessels registered in the Marshall Islands so you know they were large! But overall there is not a lot of traffic.
The Port Mayaca lock had the gates closed when we approached but opened them for us and there was no water level difference so we “sailed” through although it was a bit tricky with the gusty winds. The St. Lucie Canal is much more picturesque (read vegetated!) and we arrived at Indiantown (Mile 29) near 2 p.m. The first order of the day was to wash the dirt off from Lake Okeechobee. Then we walked into Indiantown (about a mile) where the piece de resistance is the Seminole Inn. It was built in 1925 by S. Davis Warfield, a railroad executive, and used by his niece, Wallis Warfield Simpson, on her honeymoon with the Duke of Windsor.
We enjoyed spaghetti and salad on board tonight
So where does the title "sleeping with alligators" come from? Today (now Jan. 28) I saw one swim behind our transom and then there was another sunning itself on the bank opposite. Had I known how close they were I might not have slept so well.
We're taking a day off travelling today. Richard hired a mechanic to see if he could fix the upper helm not starting the engines and I'm catching up using the marina WiFi.