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Cedar Key and Anclote Key

Posted by on November 25, 2013

Thank You for making it to our new site.

Brian is still working on all of the fine tuning so please be patient while we work out any kinks. It is our own domain (yea!) and will eventually be the only place that we post. ***

Hello all, sorry it’s taken us so long to get something posted. Not sure if it is writers block or just pure laziness but I’ve just not been able to sit down and write. We left Apalachicola and headed out to Cedar Key, not much wind to start but ending out the night with about 20+ knts and in pure darkness. Lots of fun sailing in the dark abyss with no visibility, (yea right!) and of course we have no radar so we were so to say flying blind, moving along pretty good too averaging about 8 to 9 knots.

Lots of pelicans on the jetties as we leave Appalach, just like PCB

Lots of pelicans on the jetties as we leave Appalach, just like PCB

In the daytime hours we were entertained by America’s finest….there were fighter jets above us practicing dog fights…flares raining down from the planes and all…it was pretty cool! Lots of dolphins swimming off of the bow and our auto pilot doing all of the work…it was great. Night sail like I said was more work with the wind picking up but it was nice for a change.

Sunrise as we leave Cedar Key

Sunrise as we leave Cedar Key

Cedar Key was a haven for a couple of days as we sat out a cold front that was passing through in our protected harbor. We’ve been to Cedar a few times so we did not explore other than hitting the grocery store for a few fresh veggies.

Early morning out after our second day and we were on our way to Anclote Key. Navigating just a few miles off shore we did our best to avoid all of the damn crab traps…these thing are such a hazard. We did manage to dislodge a couple and take them for a ride having to cut them off of our prop with minimal cursing, no not really…there was a lot of cursing!! Damn things are all over the place and not always in a row and are a pain in the ass to avoid.

Moon anchored just off of Anclote Key

Moon anchored just off of Anclote Key

Anclote Lighthouse

Anclote Lighthouse

Ok enough of that rant. We arrived at Anclote in the afternoon and it was as beautiful as we remembered. Lots of beach combing. Brian had to go under the boat and remove some line out of the prop from the crab traps that we had run over. Good thing that I did not find the tigers sharks teeth on the beach until the next day or he might have been a bit hesitant to go into the water to get that chore done.

Sharks teethSharks teeth 2

Sponges found on beach

Sponges found on beach

Sponge-a-rama boat delivering tourists to the Island

Sponge-a-rama boat delivering tourists to the Island

Boy let me tell my PCB friends…Shell Island has nothing on Anclote…you know when people think that Shell Island is covered in shells and sand dollars… well Anclote is what they have in mind…the beach is literally covered in big beautiful shells and sand dollars all over the place…surprising too because they have tourist boats that drop people off there and they have pontoon rentals too just like us. I even saw a jet ski tour buzz past. Anyhow we had a great time at the island.

Check out this page it has lots interesting info about Anclote: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=596

Proof that the waters are shallow around Anclote

Proof that the waters are shallow around Anclote

 Sunk boat Anclote 2

Listening to the weather there was a strong cold front moving through with winds predicted to be at 30+ with higher gusts so we headed out to St. Pete to spend some time with family. We’re now tucked in a very protected bay (very shallow too at just about 3 to 4 feet) rudder up and snug as a bug. Loving it here with my Mom and eating lots of homemade cooking…nothing like Mom’s food!! Maybe that’s what held me back from writing…I’m too comfortable 🙂

We’re here through Thanksgiving and then heading down further south to Cayo Costa and then to Ft. Myers area to see more family for the Holidays.

Thinking of being thankful, we just want to thank all of our friends and family for everything that you have done for us. Each of you in someway or another has made a impact in our lives and this has helped us to discover who we are.

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Jennifer and Brian

One Response to Cedar Key and Anclote Key

  1. Ron Angle

    We are so happy you shared Thanksgiving with us. Have a wonderful time on your new adventure to the tropics. God Bless and be safe.

    Love you guys

    Mom & Ron

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