January 4, 2010... On Our Way Again!

After a wonderful break spending 6 weeks on land visiting with family, the crew of the Anhinga is once again on the move. Our son Jay has joined us for a couple of weeks, helping us cruise across to the Bahamas. First though, we are headed south from Delray Beach to Key Biscayne to stage our crossing. After moving Anhinga out of the slip at the Delray Harbor Club Marina (without hitting anything or anyone!!) and fueling, we were rewarded with a close-up pass with a couple of manatees. We have been lucky to see them in Delray from the dock before. Odd though, we transited 300 miles of ICW in Florida without seeing any! So this was special. We got back on the ICW and passed under eleven bridges to get to an anchorage on the Middle River in Ft. Lauderdale. Jay jumped in and took the wheel for most of the afternoon, negotiating all those bridges. Just listened to the National Weather Service and learned that there is a freeze warning in effect for all of southern Florida. Yikes! We can't get to the Bahamas too soon! Our target is a Wednesday crossing, but that may change as the weather dictates.

Middle River, Ft. Lauderdale: +26° 7' 56.16", -80° 7' 1.92"

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