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Finally off the dock – weekend at New Pass

Last weekend we finally made it off the dock. This was our first trip since returning home from our Dry Tortugas and Keys trip in July. I had foot surgery in August which kind of kept us land locked for the summer, so we were psyched to finally untie the lines and head out for the weekend.

Blue Turtle at New Pass
Blue Turtle at New Pass

It was an absolutely gorgeous Florida fall weekend. Temps in the low 80’s during the day, 60’s at night making it very comfortable to sleep with the cabin windows open. Corey’s friend Sam came with us and the two boys had a a great time kayaking, fishing, and skim boarding all weekend. We love New Pass for just that reason, there’s so much for the boys to do all while they are right near us and Randy can check in with them via dinghy from time to time.

Randy helping the boys get ready to kayak
Randy helping the boys get ready to kayak
Corey heads out on a gorgeous day
Corey heads out on a gorgeous day
Randy and I took the dinghy to Lovers Key beach to walk
Randy and I took the dinghy to the Lovers Key side of the pass to walk on the beach
Hanging out on the bridge with Sophie
Hanging out on the bridge with Sophie
Blue Turtle selfie
Blue Turtle selfie
View of the pass from the bridge
View of the pass from the bridge
The boys returning from a day of kayaking
The boys returning from a day of kayaking
Sam mid-tuck off the Blue Turtle
Sam mid-tuck off the Blue Turtle
Blue Turtle looking good
Blue Turtle looking good
Beautiful sunset looking out the pass
Beautiful sunset looking out the pass

While anchored there, near dog beach, Randy spotted some dachshunds on the beach. He immediately realized that we knew the couple and their dogs. We’ve met this couple and their 5 long-haired dachshunds (yes, 5!) on Fort Myers Beach several times last winter. They always joked that Sophie completes their 6-pack. They were back down in Florida and on their pontoon boat with the pups and we just so happened to spot them and took the dinghy ashore with Sophie for a “doggie beach playdate”.

Sophie and the doxies getting reaquainted
Sophie and the doxies getting reaquainted
Pretty pups sunning themselves
Pretty pups sunning themselves

On Sunday, the boys went out on the kayaks for half a day before Randy took them ashore where Corey’s mom picked up both boys to take them home. We pulled up anchor and headed back towards Fort Myers Beach. Not wanting the weekend to end, we decided to anchor near Matanzas Bridge for a night and ding into shore for dinner. The next morning, we pulled anchor and headed back to the marina.

Randy takes the boys ashore to be picked up by Corey's mom
Randy takes the boys ashore to be picked up by Corey’s mom
Heading out the pass into the Gulf towards Fort Myers Beach
Heading out the pass into the Gulf towards Fort Myers Beach
Captain Randy at the helm
Captain Randy at the helm
Sophie in her bed...she travels in comfort
Sophie in her bed…she travels in comfort
Perfect Sophie spot—nose is out
Perfect Sophie spot—nose is out
Heading toward Matanzas Bridge to anchor
Heading toward Matanzas Bridge to anchor
Anchored ny Matanzas Bridge
Anchored by Matanzas Bridge
Sunset by the pier
Sunset by the pier
Perfect ending to a perfect weekend
Perfect ending to a perfect weekend

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