Near the end of March, Corey had his spring break so we decided to get off the dock and spend some time at anchor at Keewaydin. The trip there was perfect and we had amazing weather the first part of the week. On our way there we were passed by a group of friends from Snookbight who were out for a day cruise on their new boat, Lucky Us. They anchored near Keeywaydin beach and once we’d anchored, we dinghy’ed over to visit with Bill and Dorothy and Ned and Beth. Afterward, Randy and I were talking about how cool it is to have this great little boating community of friends and how even though none of us are still at Snookbight we still manage to see our friends out on the water.
Before heading over to visit with Lucky Us crew, Corey was picked up by a wake board boat. Nick Cankar, who owns a wake boarding business which operates seasonally out of Naples, has been giving Corey lessons behind his boat. Randy and Corey met him at Revolution cable Park where they wake board via cable. Since Nick’s based in Naples, he offered to pick Corey up most days during our spring break stay at Keewaydin. Talk about a lucky kid!
Early in the week we were visited by Randy’s friend from high school, Amber, and her husband and two sons. They had been staying on Marco the previous week for spring break and we luckily got to catch up with them while they were in town. The house they were staying at had a boat for them to use at their disposal so they came to visit us on anchor. Once they were gone, our social festivities were over. It was time to work some and chill some as well.
Mid-week we had a cold front push through which brought us some high winds and and a small storm, followed by cooler temps. The evening the storm was supposed to come through, the three of us sat on the bow of Blue Turtle and were treated to an amazing lightening show. The next day, it was so windy that Blue Turtle pretty much surfed the waves all day in the backwaters behind Keewaydin. Corey was planning to be out of town that upcoming weekend with his mom so Randy had to take him to Marco by dinghy to be picked up. Needless to say, they said it was an eventful and wet ride. After a full day spent on a rocking boat, I was ready to head to shore the following day. Even though it was still windy, we enjoyed having the place mostly to ourselves.
Thankfully, the winds died down enough for Randy and I to head home. On the way to Keewayin in the back waters, we had noticed that it must have been Osprey mating season because just about every osprey nest we saw had babies in it. I didn’t have my camera out in time to capture any on the way there and so I was determined to take a few photos as we left the area. Unfortunately, it was lower tide when we left and I couldn’t quite get as close as I wanted but I did manage to get a couple shots.
Once we went through Gordon Pass, things were a little lumpy and Windy on the Gulf. Fortunately, the seas smoothed out some but it was still quite windy and cold. Kudos to Captain Randy for bearing through the weather and getting us back home safely.