Happy to be back to the Intercoastal Waterway

Friday, August 5th – Clearwater, FL
We could not have asked for smoother Gulf water than what we were in today. It was almost glassy…seas were probably one foot or less. Like every other day this week, the day started with gray skies, looking like we could get some significant rains. Radar showed thunderstorms off the coast. So, we waited it out again…left Crystal River about 10:30. Traveled 88 miles today. Instead of stopping at Tarpon Springs, once we got in the ICW, we traveled a few more miles to Clearwater. The run from Carrabelle down to about Tarpon Springs requires that you go out in the Gulf. There is no inside route. So, we are glad to have had such a smooth passage these last three days. From here on, until we get home, we will now have the option of an inside or outside route.
As we entered the channel off the Gulf, we saw dolphins several different times flipping around right outside the channel. Did not see as many single family homes, but instead tall boxy condominiums lining the waterway. We pulled into the Clearwater Municipal Marina about 4 hours after leaving Crystal River. We are starting to see more boat traffic. Here at the marina, there’s a large charter boat fleet, lots of fishing and tour boats docked. But, the marina is also very transient friendly…it’s just a short stroll over to the beach from here. We’re going to get some dinner and make it over to the pier for the sunset festival. Apparently, it’s like a mini Key West sunset celebration.

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