February 27 - March 1, 2012... Hobe Sound, FL

Off we went, up the ICW from Palm Beach.  With no real destination in mind, we motored north, taking in our surroundings.  Seven (?) bridges later (its so easy to lose count) the water turned light blue and we were passing Jupiter Inlet.  What a treat to see that water.  Puttering further north, we decided to drop the hook in Hobe Sound, with the nature preserve to our west and beautiful waterfront homes to the east on Jupiter Island.  What we thought would be an overnight stop turned into a three-day exploration.  The birds were everywhere -- pelicans, ospreys, herons, egrets, seagulls, cormorants, anhingas, and fish crows.  And manatees!  Of course we splashed the kayak to get closer to it all, paddling along the mangrove shores.  The quiet at night, after being in the urban canyons of West Palm Beach, was wonderful.  Hard to believe we only moved 15 miles away!  Great stop.  Next... Stuart.

Hobe Sound:  +27° 1' 27.60", -80° 6' 15.00"

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