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A Looper Learns About the Florida Coast
Hey! Which way is up? Merry Christmas any way you look at it.
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This southern gentleman, already familiar with the River systems, wants to discover the secrets and local knowledge of Florida's shallow waterways. We met at the AGLCA rendezvous on the Tennessee River and made a date for him to come cruise with us on SANDY HOOK.

(NOTE: We no longer charter our boat but are pleased to come aboard YOUR boat anywhere for personal training with you and your mate)

Welcoming Rod aboard, we think he snuck the Northern Alabama winter weather in his suitcase! Record cold temperatures are broadcast for the first two days of our cruise together- sunny but freezing at night- really below 32 degrees F! Thankfully our heaters work well to warm the cabin and our generator doesn't let us down.

The days are bright and sunny and full of wonderful new things to discover....manatee, dolphins (both the mammal and the grouping of pilings), locks, sandbars, boat yards and even one anchorage that was too full for comfort.

He'll tell you that the most wonderful part of his trip was the mid-morning rocket launch as seen from our flybridge while underway on the St. Lucie River. I do believe he'll also tell you that he can't wait to get his Loop started!

At the helm on a sunny but c-c-chilly day.
Catching a line from the lockmaster at the St. Lucie Lock. We went up almost 15 feet! The lake is high right now as we head into our dry season.
The Okeechobee Waterway takes us under the Florida Turnpike as we traverse the state.
We are halfway up to the next level. Turbulence in the lock is absorbed by the first boat in front of us. Very different type of lock than in the river system.
This sign in the lock tells us how far we are from STuart and the Atlantic ICW
This big boat came in the lock after us and the captain was using his remote steering unit. Guess what Rod wants for Christmas?
Whew! Gotta rest after all that work at the locks.
Passing a dredge can be a necessary evil and confusing for the uninitiated. The side with the black diamonds means GO and the side with the black balls means DON'T!
Time for some fun. Let's go for a dinghy ride to the beach at Peck Lake.
Better to fall IN the dinghy than OUT, especially if you fall on the soft life jackets!
It's hard work having all this fun. Time to go beachcombing.
A little sand never hurt anyone. We're going over to the ocean side.
There's SANDY HOOK way in the distance. Now we head under the sea grapes and through the path to the dunes on the ocean side.
Glorious day on the Atlantic Ocean.
Glorious day on the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) too!
Let's head back to SANDY HOOK and start dinner. Tonight is Poached salmon. Yum.
Let's plan tomorrow's route before the sun sets.
Wow! What a sunset. But then again, every sunset on the hook is wonderful...even liquid sunshine.
Lots of notes every evening to keep things straight. So much to learn about cruising in Florida even for this seasoned boater.
I'm ready to start the Loop!

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