After finishing up the main sheet work on Saturday, we spent yesterday running around Lighthouse Point and Fort Lauderdale, moving our car south to our new destination (we are not quite ready to give it up yet), getting our propane tanks filled, and making a final dash to Costco for more provisioning. Then it was back to the boat for a huge scrub down before dinner.
All of that was in preparation for today, our official casting off! In fact, it all happened with relatively little fanfare. We got up as usual this a.m., and while the kids did school and breakfast, I returned the rental car that allowed us to move our car south.
|School was a bit abbreviated in the excitement to get moving.|
|Leaving Lighthouse Point|
|We are finally getting this whole bridge thing figured out.|
|Heading back out to sea.|
|The sunny Atlantic.|
We motored through the huge container and cruise ship port, which I thought would be intimidating, but fortunately all the big ships were either at anchor or docked today. Maybe that is because it is Columbus Day here in the states.
|Lots of big ships in Port Everglades. Fortunately none moving around when we went through.|
|Sara was pretty proud of her bridge judging prowess. I was just glad we still had the instruments on the top of our mast.|
Then, after a little bit of close space manoeuvring, we were tied up.
At that point, I was pretty much done for the day, but one of the things we noticed cruising with the kids is that once we dock, they are just getting ready to go. They generally don't use too much energy while we are sailing. They are keen to help, but when things get quiet, they often lie down and take a nap, or sneak down to their cabins to read. So when the boat stops, they get started.
|This is why the kids are never tired after a day of sailing.|
|Sailing is so exhausting!|
|We are thankful for ... hamburgers you can buy from a truck?|
We are trying to get through the night without firing up the A/C, even though we have shore power. We figure we need to get ready for moving further south. So far, though, it is warm enough that I am up blogging at midnight instead of sleeping, even after that long day.