3-15-2014: Anchored out in the beautiful, clear blue water by Manjack Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday, December 17,2010

Outside Treasure Island Marina
Treasure Island pool
 We finally got relief from the wind and were able to leave Clearwater on Wednesday, December 15, 2010; we were ready to leave after 12 days. It was a beautiful sunny warm day without a cloud in the sky. We had a smooth ride down the GIWW, through the narrows and into Boca Ciega Bay and then into Treasure Island. The Club at Treasure Island Marina is a very nice place; it has a tennis court, work out room and a large heated pool with propane fireplaces at the tables around the pool as well as a Tiki Bar out by the pool.  We have been spending quit a bit of time there enjoying the warm weather. We walked to the grocery store on Thursday and then I went to Walmart in the afternoon; got some Christmas decorations.  We are all decorated (at least a little) and we are trying real hard to get into the Christmas spirit.  It's hard with no snow.  They have 2 courtesy cars available here but they drive you instead of us driving.

N27 46.144
W82 45.406

CO's comments:  Unlike the Mississippi and the Tenn-Tom, the intracoastal waterway is very narrow and very shallow in many places.  I don't believe the government is mandated to keep a certain depth since there are no commercial barges.

Leaving Clearwater Beach-
Clearwater Pass

Sunset at The Club Treasure Island Marina


Coming back to the boat
after buying groceries

Treasure Island pool

The Club at Treasure Island Marina
The Tiki Bar

GIWW from top of Treasure Island Causeway bridge

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fog down south
Record snow fall in Wisconsin

22" of snow

Snow up north-my sister Susie
Fog can be beautiful at times
if you don't have to travel in in
More fog
We are still at Clearwater Municipal Marina. The wind these past few days has been horrific.  We have had  gale force winds of 36 knots, gusting to 40 with seas above 15 feet. It is a good time to stay put. Looks like tomorrow will be good enough to go the next 17 miles to Treasure Island. 

We are just thankful we are not up north.  They have had record breaking snowfall and that's a lot of shoveling!

CO's comments:  Time to wash the boat.  After all the high winds, the boat is covered from top to bottom with a film of salt.