I will keep the story of our return trip brief as we have visited many of the spots we hit previously either on our way to the Bahamas or on previous trips.
We had an uneventful crossing - which is always a good thing. Very calm but not a lot of wind. We arrived in the Miami area and secured a mooring ball at the Coconut Grove Sailing Center.
|Midnight Sun III at CGSC|
Moorings are "tight" but they seem to work, and once again the staff at CGSC were great! We spent several nights here and managed to catch up with old friends Tom and Michelle who were able to spend a night with us.
We are not "big city" people, but Coconut Grove has a small town feel within an obviously large city and many friendly bars and restaurants - most of which are pet friendly.
Night views from CGSC.
Then we spent a night in a new-to-us anchorage at Cayo Costa known as Pelican Bay. It was a nice anchorage - except for the Bugs! OMG, the boat was bug graveyard the following morning!Onwards again for a night at Venice YC, then anchorage at Desoto State Park, and a night at Bradenton YC.
A good friend Jeff joined us in St. Pete's. This was Jeff's first sailing experience and little did he know that we were about to give him the full experience! We enjoyed two great evenings in St. Pete's before heading out to start our longest individual leg of our return journey.
The following day we sailed across Tampa Bay and out of the pass at Pass-a-grille and north up to Anclotte Key ready to stage for our Gulf Crossing. We had a great sail with about 18 kts and a nice broad reach.
After a quiet night at Anclotte Key, we made a run for the Gulf crossing, headed for Dog Island and ultimately Apalachicola.
|Sunrise over the Big Bend|
After a brief potty stop for Salty at the end of St. George Island, we continued on for a couple of hours to get into Apalachicola. Another successful crossing - we were tired and ready for a couple of
|The Tin Shed has a new location!|