Still breezy, and a bit choppy, the waters were much calmer than yesterday. We did a little tacking to minimize the beam seas at the beginning, but when we headed southward, with a following sea, the ride was very smooth.
Three of the four hours of travel were on the bay. The last hour was on the Intracoastal Waterways, or the ICW. Been a long time since we'd traveled on it. It felt a little like coming home, even though we'd never been on it this far north before. Dolphins even welcomed us, traveling with our boat for a while. We've missed them!
|The dolphins are back!
Docking, however, was not quite so easy. The slip they assigned us was down some narrow, twisty fairways, where maneuvering was taxing and tedious with the wind. We scoped it out, and I did try once, but I felt real uncomfortable. See, the thing is you win no money or award for nailing that tricky docking stunt, but you risk a whole lot if things go badly. I've come to trust some things just aren't worth pushing if you have other options (wished I had enough experience to make that call in St. Augustine). I spun the boat around and parked Cat-n-Dogs easily on a t-head.
The marina guy shrugged, and they let us stay there.