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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Panther Key to Shark River, anchor

Finally! A boring day.

We got the anchor up with ease, although it was quite muddy. Winds were between 10 and 15 knots and on our nose. We took a route closer to shore to keep the waves on the quarter bow. We ride better than way.

Otherwise, nothing happened. Sunny and pleasant, with the windows open for lots of air. 5 hours later or so we got to Shark River.

The Winn-Dixie dinghy dock in Marco.
You gotta climb the ladder to get off.
After reading a bunch of comment from Active Captain there was one and only one common complaint about Shark River -- buggy. Rather than push far up into the river and out of any breeze (leaving mosquitos with ample opportunity to eat us) we opted to staying in the wind a bit. Choppier, but less buggy.

That's the theory, anyway. I'll have an update tomorrow.

This time a small hawk (I think) followed up along the coast.

Speaking of tomorrow, we will officially be in the keys. Not sure where yet, but Marathon is the closest leap from here. We have no plans on dawdling there -- we want to start heading north. Start to head to cooler temps! 

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