Continuing up the ICW the first obstacle was a very low swing bridge, only twelve feet. No gettin' under that. To make matters a bit frustrating, the bridge only opens every half hour. You have to tell the bridge operator that you're there, and he won't hold it for anyone. We arrived with a twenty minute wait to go, first ones there. By the time he opened, there were eight boats clustered, all heading northward.
|Sunset at Mile Hammock Bay anchorage|
At the end we caught up with a boat we knew from Isle of Hope, R Time. I hailed her, asked how they were doing, and told them we didn't want to pass because we were heading to a nearby marina. Turns out they, too, were going to that marina. That meant we'd have to stay put and wait while they got docked first, but that's good practice for bridges (like we did today) and locks.
R Time hailed the marina. We listened to their chatter, assuming we'd get similar instructions on where to dock. They were being put on a wall. We were told we too would be there, right in front of them.
After a five or ten minutes the marina hailed us, ready for us to come in. But he changed our docking location, since we were going to stay a couple of days. He put us on a t-head.
|Just go straight.|
Nevermind that sunken shrimpboat on the left...
|Just some pretty pastel boats.|
These things are fast and wake like crazy.
Nobody likes them. But they are pretty.
I'm also glad we were behind R Time. I would have hated for those folks to wait for all that.