Ft. Lauderdale-Okeechobee Waterway-Captiva Island-Cabbage Key-Longboat Key-Cabbage Key again-Sanibel-Marco Island-Key West-Marathon-Miami-Ft Lauderdale

P1060863 P1060871 P1060941 P1060944 P1060975 P1060981P1050554 P1070099 P1070115 P1070128 P1070134 P1070146 P1070156 P1070167I have always wanted to take the waterway across the State of Florida, and finally did that. I started on the east coast and entered the canal at Stuart, FL. Great things to see and it gets you into the heartland of Old Florida. Roland Martin Marina was bustling with bass fishermen busy by day that are thirsty by night. Then the trip took us to Ft. Meyers, Sanibel Island, Cabbage Key, and Useppa Island.

I just LOVE Cabbage Key, so get over there and visit sometime. I wrote a trip advisor post, but there is nothing much to do there and by the end of the day you don’t get that done, so great place to disappear from the grid and enjoy nature. www.cabbagekey.com.

The next leg of the journey was to the southern part of Sanibel Island, to Marco Island, Marathon, Key West, Marathon, Miami, and then to Ft Lauderdale.  We stopped for fuel and a visit with friends in Coral Gables and I noticed both bildge pumps were running…..not a good sign.  We raced to get out of the marina as we were taking on water RAPIDLY from a blown shaft seal.  I called my office and we found a lift that was waiting for us and all was well.

I highly recommend you take this circumnavigation yourself over a few months if necessary.  You’ll have a blast!

Day 14-16: Mackinaw Island

What a fantastic port to enjoy.  Part caribbean like, part Mediterranean. Fantastic for sure.   The Grand Hotel is and horses power the taxi’s. My guests and I have had a blast.  Met nice people and all that!  I must say it is much nicer after the day trippers leave and the night begins.

Days 6, 7, 8: Alexndr Bay, Kingston, Cobourg, Toronto

After touring the Boldt and Singer Castles we cruised into Canadian waters.  We arrived in Kingston for Canada Day and had a great time seeing the town and watching fireworks.  A morning cruise to a small town called Cobourg was nice.  Guests leave and arrive and yesterday afternoon we cruised the beautiful Lake Ontario, ate a delicious casserole I brought from Betsy at Cassaroles Inc, Atlanta.  Amazing sunset and pulled into Toronto harbor to all the big city lights.  About to go ashore now!!

ESS-KAY Marina, Brewerton NY. Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse.

Kim and her family welcomed us with open arms (and a load of fuel) as Captain Jim and her go back 20 years.  Brewerton, NY sits on west end of Lake Oneida and has transient boats, colorful locals and some relics!!  Not only old boats but A 91 yo woman making transit and a 1942 Mack Truck that is still in service!!  Syracuse grew from 250 people to about 12,000 between 1820-1830 as the canal construction began to transform the area. All loans to build the canal were paid off by 1845.  A very successful project.  We need a modern day version to get our economy moving and help us pay our debts. The commerce the canal created put NYC ahead of other ports and really made it what it is today. On to Oswego, NY today!