We got the “go ahead” from Towboats US who said we were through the worst of the skinny water and we should stay on the bay side taking special caution in one more area, Tarpon Basin. We passed a sailboat that had strayed far from the channel (or either anchored out the night before)& was aground. There are wrecking and salvage laws on the books in Florida. A grounded vessel falls under some of those laws and can be claimed in some instances. The sailboat Captain hailed us on the VHF radio and asked us to try to tow him off. It wasn’t something we could even try because we have a 4 foot draft. But when we answered him and said we were “Salvage Crew” a note of panic came in his voice and he said “No, no, no, I don’t want that!!!” Because of our name, he thought we were interested in taking over his boat! We laughed for several nautical miles! Overnighted @ Gilbert’s on Key Largo.
Kevin & Debra left us today to travel back to the frigid North, Fairhope, AL. Hope that they will be able to join us again for another portion of our trip! We had a great time in the Keys! Brad and I traveled up the Intra-coastal to Miami today and are tucked in at Miamarina (sounds like a good name for a rock opera, doesn’t it?)! We can see the Inter-Continental Hotel and the Hard Rock Café from the aft-deck and guess what Toto---, we for sure are not in Kansas anymore! LOTS of boat traffic! They are coming at you from every direction and English is a second language on the radio! I guess we will go with the “fast pace” flow here! We can always relax when we get back to “Island Time” in the Bahamas! There has been a wonderful contrast on this trip, from Tennessee River, the Tenn-Tom, Mobile Bay, the panhandle of Florida, to the “Forgotten Coast” ,to the Keys, and then Miami! It has all been amazing! I will try to give you a good pictorial of Miami, but to get the real picture, you need audio in Miami! WOW! It is all around you and you can hear it as much as you can see and feel it.
Woke up at 6:30 AM this morning to the sound of helicopters hovering overhead. Curious, it was awhile before we realized that the Miami Marathon was today and they were taping the start just in front of Bayside from the air! We decided to do the Miami Tour by Land and Sea today! We visited Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, West & South Miami, Little Havana & South Beach. Then we boarded a boat and did the water tour of Fisher Island and Star Island! Yes, we indeed saw many homes of the rich & famous! There are no roads to these islands. Perhaps we will visit some of our favorite stars on the “Salvage Crew”! Only one star sighting, Shaquille O’Neal! He was walking out on his patio with a couple of guys (he was the tall one) and he actually waved at us! Unfortunately I had already made a picture of his house and missed the shot of him! Anyway, enjoy the pictures that I did get today!!!!