Hello virtual crew members and fellow adventurers!
As has become the norm for 2018, the crew did not make much way this week. They did manage to move one day to North Palm Beach. They are sitting in the north end of Lake Worth ready to hop across the Big Pond to the Bahamas, if the weather will ever calm down.
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This week’s video shows Still Waters II as she waits out the rain in Ft Pierce, then captures several clips as she makes way to Old Port Cove Marina in North Palm Beach. …….. Enjoy!
To see past videos, click on the link to the Still Waters II Vimeo site. The library now contains 49 videos of Still Waters II cruising America’s Great Loop.
The crew continues to meet the most interesting of people as they cruise America’s Great Loop. Today would be another close encounter with some amazing people.
But let me back up a bit because I am getting ahead of myself. This encounter actually has roots in a meeting that took place in Atlantic City in the spring of 2017. You may recall the story of the crew meeting Michael and Jennifer. After the meeting and a fun afternoon spent eating lunch and touring their boat, Mike and Jen became virtual crew members. While enjoying the day in Atlantic City, they mentioned an “Uncle” who had shipped an RV over to Europe. The “Uncle” and his wife had spent four years exploring Europe in the RV.
Last week, Jen noticed that the crew was in Ft Pierce. Well guess what? Where do you think “Uncle” Tom and Judy live? If you said Ft Pierce, well then you would be right. Jen contacted the crew, and before you know it the crew had exchanged information with Tom. The next thing you know, the crew has a dinner date.
Tom and Judy came by the boat for a quick tour and then the four were off to a local restaurant for some fine dining. The evening was spent swapping travel stories.
The skipper especially likes Tom’s sense of humor. At one point the skipper mentioned that he has the “Gift of Gab,” to which Tom swiftly and calmly said; “I hadn’t noticed.”
If you would like to see what an RV adventure looks like in Europe, check out the website, Travels With Papillon.
With hopes that the weather may change for the better, the crew finally left Causeway Cove Marina and headed for parts further south. The wind was still blowing near 20 mph, but with the wind to their backs, the crew made good time to North Palm Beach.
After crossing the St Lucie Inlet, the crew entered an area where the waterway was lined with mangroves. They saw several Osprey nests as they moved south.
Then finally spotted a nest with an Osprey at home. While the crew watched this nest, a second Osprey flew over the boat and landed in this nest. They are a spectacular bird to watch in flight.
As the crew crossed the Jupiter Inlet, they observed these specimens of a different kind. There were actually two boat loads of them having a good time. A Tiki Bar nest on a pontoon boat.
A few more miles down the waterway and the crew landed at the Old Port Cove Marina. This might just be the all time favorite marina for the skipper. Besides the complimentary bottle of wine, this marina also provides free cokes for the boaters, all you can drink no less. Ah yes, the simple pleasures of life, free cokes.
The official prediction of when winter will end and spring arrives happened today. Unfortunately for the folks up north, the ground hog saw his shadow, got scared, and then ran back in its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather. And as you know, it has been a cold winter thus far.
But for the crew, ………. pass the sun tan lotion, I need to rub it in.
Looks as though the winds will begin to weaken Sunday afternoon. If this holds to be true, the crew plans to shove off the dock early Monday morning (0400) and make the run over to the West End of the Grand Bahama Island.
If this weather window falls thru, then the next chance looks to be Thursday. The crew waits.
Loop On – Where the road ends, the water begins. The water goes on forever, and the adventure never ends.