With good memories in hand, we hauled up the anchor one last time in Oleta River Park and bid it a fond farewell. Our plan for today is to transit the busy Miami area, and take a slip in Dinner Key Marina in South Miami. Originally, we were going to anchor in No Name Harbor in Bill Baggs State Park on Cape Florida, but the logistics of being sure we could get a final pumpout before leaving in the middle of the night convinced us to take a slip instead. This way, we can pumpout when we get there, and then use the marina's facilities until we leave. The extra trip across Biscane Bay will only add about an hour to our time. The weather window is holding, and our target departure time is between midnight and 3 am Wed Night/Thurs morning.
Once again, we entered the queue of boats lining up for the first bridge of the day. I noticed that the engine temp was back to normal (for reasons unknown), so it looked like we would have no trouble keeping up the 5 1/2 - 6 knot pace that is needed to stay "on the pattern" and make each bridge with a minimum amount of waiting.
|Lining up for the Next Bridge|
|A Fleet of Lasers|
|Derelict Boat Anchored Just Outside the Mooring Field|
|The Old Pan Am Clipper Terminal|
|Beautiful, Palm-Lined Seawalls|
|Our Last Sunset in the USA|