Fort Pierce Inlet to Lake Worth via ICW – January 18, 2013

A continuation of our “Longest Passage, Farthest South, NOT the Bahamas…yet”

We’d just successfully entered the Fort Pierce Inlet which dumped us onto the Intracoastal Waterway. I had gone down below, and Brian peeked inside to wake me…or so he thought. I was a busy bee hanging wet clothes, cleaning the floors, and had just started to wash dishes when Brian asked, “should we just keep going?” We were off to an early start and the sun was shining. “Yes!” I replied. “Might as well make a full day of it and continue south.”

Who knows where we got all our energy, but I doubt a single pot of coffee really did the trick. Brian got comfortable in the cockpit. He unclipped his harness and peeled off his foul weather gear. I came up to join him for a quick breakfast of granola bars and oranges. Then I continued the fastest clean-up after a passage in the history of Rode Trip passages. I hung the wet clothes outside, shook and hung the rugs, finished the dishes, and tucked away all the sails complete with covers. We were getting dry and settled and still on the move. This was amazing! Brian even refueled while in flight.

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“Glad we’re not out on the ocean in this miserable front…” Brian said, “…we probably saw the worst of it, should have kept on going.” We never will really know. There were no 30 knot winds on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), that is certain. And no rain ever ruined our parade. It was sunny and HOT! The scenery here was lovely compared to the Georgia swamps of the ICW which we were familiar. Here there were mangroves and fabulous waterfront communities.

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I think a mini-tug like this will be my second choice for a boat. Maybe not practical, but certainly adorable. And who wouldn’t want a fenced-in lawn!? They seem to be all the rage in Florida. I’d sure love to go outside and not be pestered by bugs.

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We passed through 6 bridges between Jupiter Sound and our current anchorage at Lake Worth. By about the second bridge we were wishing we really had stayed in the ocean. UGH! They were all bascule bridges, some opened on demand and the others were on the hour/half hour but you still had to request they open. Sheesh! The bridge tenders were mildly entertaining. The hurry up and wait mode of travel soon got old.

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The Jupiter Inlet Light

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Will this be the last!?

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Finally we entered the north end of Lake Worth, FL (just near North Palm Beach). We picked a hole among the other boats and set our anchor with ease. Time for a full dinner, no more salty soup! And if we could keep our eyes open just long enough we might fit in a movie too. Tomorrow back to planning for that “BIG jump” we’ve been fantasizing about. Our sea legs are ready!

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