• Mile Marker 1094, on a buoy in the mooring field at the Dinner Key Marina, in Biscayne Bay, Miami FLA
Weather: Low 80’s
• Better than Marriage (that’s Warwick)
• Grumbellina (that’s me)
• Sea Riosly
• Pain Killer
• Knot IV Sail
We’re getting very comfortable with the ‘mooring’ life – as we have now been on a mooring at the Dinner Key Marina since Dec 30! This one isn’t quite as nice as Vero Beach, but it gives us easy access to shore with all that Miami has to offer (not to mention much warmer weather than most of you are experiencing). For a week we shared that with daughter, Naomi, son-in –law, Jesse, and granddaughter, Amaia. It was a wonderful visit and we miss them.
The trip from Vero to Miami was marked by over 27 bridges and a highly developed 40+ mile stretch of the ICW that is lined with concrete walls and non-stop luxury. Maybe this is where the people in the ‘richest country on earth’ live; or perhaps these are just their second homes? We cruised past West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale gawking at the magnificent buildings, home and yachts. What fascinated me was the $10 million yachts parked right outside the mansions just like we park our cars in front of our homes.
Now that the kids are gone – after exploring several of the beautiful Miami beaches – we are faced with the decision of where to go. East to the Bahamas? West/south to the Keys and then up the west coast of Florida? North, as we begin to make our way slowly home, stopping to visit the many places we missed on the trip south? Or staying put in Miami for awhile. There are plusses and minuses to each, so we’ll be doing some thinking.
In the meantime, I am learning more about wind and fetch. Biscayne Bay, where we are moored, is quite large and open (not much land, except Miami on one side), so when it gets breezy (or worse yet downright gusty) AND the wind is coming from anywhere except the land side, the waves are big and rolly. This is fetch, the horizontal distance over which wave-generating winds blow. If that distance is large, the waves are larger. So if the wind is blowing from the east (out to sea) and there is no land to block them, the waves roll in from a very long distance away, making for lots of rocking and rolling on the boat.