A Cruise in June
June is right at the edge of the hurricane season but already warm enough to get lots of sun, or so we thought. It turned out to be lots of "June Gloom" and thunderstorms, and little wind. Still, we had very good friends along with us and set off on our first long adventure on our own. The goal was to get to St Pete Beach then follow our noses from there. The run down the coast from Tampa is always a bit unnerving because there are no places to put in if weather should get bad and the weather was definitely trying to form enormous thunder storm systems. But we had a great night run down, arrived in St. Pete Beach, found a ball there, and went to explore the town. Our friends had a sudden family emergency and headed for home, so Jennifer and I cruised back up the ICW then out at Boca Grande to power home. We found the "Miserable Mile" is not all that horrible. We found the Caya Costa State Park, amazing wilderness with only 3000 visitors a year. We found wind-against-current in the Boca Grande pass. We found thunderstorms in the dark. We found that it all worked just as advertised and got home to our slip tired and much more comfortable with the boat and ourselves as sailors.
A few snaps