Monday, August 15th – Daytona, FL
The weather on Sunday was great for cruising. Water was smooth and familiar! We pulled out of Ft. Pierce right as the sun was rising and enjoyed a cool ride up the ICW to Merritt Island. Tied up at our friends dock on Merritt Island about 10:00. We were sadden to see that the long standing landmark, the dragon, was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, which hit last fall. It now just lays as broken green concrete on the tip of the island. Several of the homes on the end of the island were also damaged from the hurricane and are still being put back together. We enjoyed a visit with Donna…hearing about how she had escaped from the hurricane and spent 14 days without electricity. She is currently in the process of installing a big generator.
After we left Merritt Island, the boat traffic seemed to really pick up…there were some crazies out there. We prefer not to travel on the weekend, but…
Several slow zones between New Smyrna and Daytona. Lots less fun traveling at 7 miles per hour…in the heat…there’s very little breeze and it gets hot. Saw both manatees and dolphins along our way playing in the water. We pulled into the Halifax Marina about 3:00. The Daytona crew, Dave & Mary and Gary & Suzanne that we traveled part of the loop with were at the dock. They took us to dinner and then we came back to the boat and enjoyed swapping stories about our adventures. This morning we are all heading out to breakfast together before we travel the final leg to the house.