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Memorial Day Weekend at Captiva & Cayo Costa

I’m finally getting around to posting about our fantastic Memorial Day weekend (last weekend) on anchor at Captiva and then Cayo Costa.  Randy, Corey and I first anchored for a night in our favorite Captiva spot where we dinghied to shore at Jenson’s Marina and hiked over to the beach near The Mucky Duck. After a gorgeous afternoon at the beach, followed by a beer at The Mucky Duck and dinner at RC Otters we headed back to Blue Turtle to turn in for the night. The next morning, Corey’s friend Sam was brought to Captiva to meet us at The Green Flash’s docks and was picked up by Randy and Corey. Once we had Sam on board, we headed our for our 2 hour trip to Cayo Costa. Of course, there was some trawler surfing on the way…

Captain Randy at the helm
Captain Randy at the helm
Blue Turtle in her anchorage near Captiva
Blue Turtle in her anchorage near Captiva
The boys securing the dinghy at Jenson's
The boys securing the dinghy at Jenson’s
A manatee peaks it's head up at Jensons' Marina
A manatee peaks it’s head up at Jensons’ Marina
More manatee at Jenson's Marina
More manatee at Jenson’s Marina
We counted 6 manatee total in this one spot. Must've liked the warm water.
We counted 6 manatee total in this one spot. Must’ve liked the warm water.
A picture-perfect beach day on Captiva
A picture-perfect beach day on Captiva
Corey and I climbed our favorite tree on the island
Corey and I climbed our favorite tree on the island
Having a beer at The Mucky Duck
Having a beer at The Mucky Duck
Relaxing on the bridge in the a.m. waiting for Sam to arrive
Relaxing on the bridge in the a.m. waiting for Sam to arrive
Blue Turtle loaded down with kayaks, skims boards and a borrowed paddle board
Blue Turtle loaded down with kayaks, skims boards and a borrowed paddle board
Corey trawler surfs as Sam looks on
Corey trawler surfs as Sam looks on
Sam's turn to trawler surf
Sam’s turn to trawler surf

Once we arrived at Cayo Costa, we anchored near the beach at the main entrance. We thought we would try it out because we were close enough to the beach that Corey and Sam could paddle the kayaks to beach on their own. Once we were anchored, we launched the kayaks and off they went.  They skim boarded for about an hour before a storm rolled in. The wind was so strong that the boys couldn’t paddle the kayaks back to the boat. Randy went and rescued them in the dinghy leaving the kayaks on the beach. The storm lasted for only about 15 minutes and after the storm, Randy took the boys back to the beach and later returned to get me and Sophie. We managed to enjoy the beach for 45 minutes or so when a larger storm rolled in. We all headed back to the boat just in time for it to hit. It was very windy and Corey clocked one wind gust at 40 mph. Randy’s father and April arrived on Sea Crazy right when this second storm hit us and had quite a time navigating through Pelican Bay and around all the sailboats. As the storm ended, they dropped anchor in the Hurricane Hole and called us. We were hoping to stay in our anchorage near the bay entrance, but we soon realized that wind and boat traffic made it too rough so we pulled anchor and headed in to raft up with Sea Crazy. Once rafted up, we had a drink with Randy’s dad and April on Sea Crazy. We soon realized that friends Ron and Mary were anchored behind us on their boat Royale Tease. Ron and Mary dinghied over to us for a brief visit on Sea Crazy before heading back to their boat.

Blue Turtle at Cayo Costa
Blue Turtle at Cayo Costa
The boys heading to the beach in the kayaks
The boys heading to the beach in the kayaks
The first storm approaching
The first storm approaching
Randy rescues the boys
Randy rescues the boys
Corey and Sam at the beach after the first storm
Corey and Sam at the beach after the first storm
Relaxing at the beach at Cayo Costa
Relaxing at the beach at Cayo Costa
One very salty and sandy dog
One very salty and sandy dog
Some stormy conditions
Some stormy conditions
Getting ready to raft up with Sea Crazy
Getting ready to raft up with Sea Crazy
Ron and Mary visiting us on Sea Crazy
Ron and Mary visiting us on Sea Crazy

The next morning, the boys took the kayaks out for a paddle to the beach. When they returned, we all got ready for a dinghy ride to the Love Canal followed by a late lunch at Cabbage Key. Johnny had a little issue with his dinghy motor on our way into the Love Canal—wouldn’t run at the low speed required to make it through the passage. We towed then and Corey walked them part of the way and we managed to make it through to the gorgeous beach. The water was unbelievably crystal clear and we had a wonderful afternoon there. After the Love Canal, we dinged over to Cabbage Key for a fabulous lunch. When we returned back to our anchorage, we saw a boat tied up to Blue Turtle. As we got closer, we realized it was friends Nick and Holly on their new boat. After a visit with Nick and Holly, Randy took the boys dinghy surfing for a bit before we settled in for the night.

The next morning, Memorial Day, the boys kayaked to the beach as usual and then it was time to head for the 5 hour journey home. It was great seeing Johnny and April and running into friends Ron & Mary and Nick & Holly.

The boys getting ready for a paddle
The boys getting ready for a paddle
The boys returning from their beach paddle
The boys returning from their beach paddle
Blue Turtle and Sea Crazy
Blue Turtle and Sea Crazy
Motoring through the Love Canal
Motoring through the Love Canal
Corey pushes his Grandpa's dinghy through the small canal
Corey pushes his Grandpa’s dinghy through the small canal
Randy offers some help to his dad and offers to tow them through
Randy offers some help to his dad and offers to tow them through
Corey skim boarding
Corey skim boarding
Love birds Johnny and April
Love birds Johnny and April
Lunch at Cabbage Key
Lunch at Cabbage Key
Randy and the boys at the top of the Cabbage Key water tower
Randy and the boys at the top of the Cabbage Key water tower
Nick and Holly on their boat Tail Chasin'
Nick and Holly on their boat Tail Chasin’
Waving goodbye to Nick and Holly
Waving goodbye to Nick and Holly
Sam flips off Blue Turtle
Sam flips off Blue Turtle
Waving goodbye to Sea Crazy
Waving goodbye to Sea Crazy

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