Happy Leap Year! Day! Whatever!
The weather apps all said the wind was going to come up in the late morning, and come from the north-ish. When crossing Lake Okeechobee, that's not great. The fetch of the wind can grow some pretty uncomfortable waves, and due to the lakes depth (almost none, that is), you can't bob and weave your way through it. If the ride is rough, you have to deal. So to avoid any issue we left at the crack of dawn, before any of it was supposed to happen.
We sped up the last 20 minutes, hoping to make the ride smoother. Since it was on our side, and at a tight frequency, we rocked from side to side. I counted out the minutes until we could turn and head toward the lock, taking the waves on our stern when we did.
|Not an ideal crossing.
On the canal everything was placid. The skies cleared and the winds died down a bit. Even docking at the lock's little marina was pretty easy.
|When Russ went to plug us in he was greeted by a local.
See the tiny frog left of the plug?
Still have some electrical issues. Since we got in early Russ was able to fiddle with the batteries and the "path maker" that's supposed to monitor them -- but as far as we can tell it only drains the port battery (which read 11.9 V all day) and uber-charge the starboard battery (which read 14.9 V all day). We'll see how things go tomorrow, but I'm very glad we didn't just up and go to the keys -- we may have been stuck there a long time.
(Below: how to go sledding, Florida style).