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Posted By Robin & Jim

We enjoyed our last Marathon sunset over the Seven Mile Bridge and started making our way up the SW coast of Florida, heading to the DeFever Rendezvous in Sarasota.

last marathon sunset

Here's a map to show some of the area we covered.  We anchored near Everglades City in the upper corner of the Everglades National Park, in the area known as the Ten Thousand Islands (there are actually about 40,000).  From there we headed up past Marco Island, Naples, and Ft. Myers to Sanibel Island and Cayo Costa State Park.

SW florida map

Out in the Gulf our friend Terry from Marathon buzzed us in his beautiful classic float plane - a real thrill!

terry flyover 1

Before we left the Keys we did a photo shoot for him while he flew across the setting sun.  He has a small collection of classic planes, and he flew this one down from Illinois for the winter.

terry flyover 2

We anchored in the NW corner of Everglades National Park, among the rabbit's warren of mangrove and wooded islands near Everglades City - it felt very remote and wild.  We took the dinghy a few miles to the tiny town ("city" is a misnomer) to have lunch at the famous Rod & Gun Club. 

rod and gun club 1

It's an interesting old place but it seems a bit past it's prime. 

rod and gun trophies

The setting on the porch was lovely for lunch, but the food was marginal but ridiculously expensive and the wait staff barely spoke to us. 

rod and gun porch

The little museum in town was great though, and we only wished we had more time to explore the endless natural beauty in the wild areas... but the weather was changing and we had to go while we had a good weather window. 

We just got our anchor down near Sanibel  Island when this storm hit - we only had 30 knots of wind but the Keys saw 55+ knots!  The winds were predicted to kick up a bit so we moved up to nearby Cayo Costa State Park - there's a great protected anchorage in there that's tricky to enter, but worth the trouble. 

storm


 
1 Comment(s):
Paula said...
Miss you guys so much, hope you are still enjoying your travels. I love traveling with you and seeing all the great sights.
March 30, 2011 11:57 AM
 
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