Cape Haze Anchorage
|Sure didn't expect these girls. They looked so cool...
|Better than average digs for a bird...
|There was a bit of boat traffic zooming about.
|Waterfront Trailer Park Property????
|Anchor down at Cape Haze. Time to explore the dinghy!
|Sliver of a Smiley Moon
I studied the tide charts for our destination, Pelican Bay… a mere eleven miles away. We could leave early and be there in time to spend the whole day exploring. But the guide books and Active Captain describe a tricky entry which would be better attempted at high tide with our 5’3” draft. There is a good deep hole to anchor in once inside, but entry is a problem. The tide should be high in Pelican Bay at around 2:00 pm. That means we really shouldn’t leave here before 11:30 am for the two and a half hour passage.
Add to that equation…the incoming tide current through the Gulf Inlet to Charlotte Harbor (which we cross just before reaching Pelican Bay) would be running at 2+ knots incoming. So our choice is cross the tidal current or suffer greater risk of going aground. What to do?… We chose to brave the current. So we wait...
|We crossed the ICW and went adventuring.
|We spotted the dock and the welcome sign.
As it turns out, we had entered by an alternate route and when we left, we followed a marked channel out to the ICW which has a sign designating the proper park entrance. I think it was more fun our way though...
|The lizard posed for the photo op... the snake did NOT!
|Moment of discovery!
|Leaping for JOY! Shark's Teeth!!!
|Time in my hand...
We happened upon a fellow tooth hunter and spoke for a bit. He has been making table tops with them, how fabulous would it be to have one of THOSE! Hmmm… He had been collecting for years and they just keep washing ashore. He told us of the millions of years it takes, and of the exact set of circumstances it takes to create one, and mused about the mass numbers of prehistoric sharks that must have once roamed these waters… It is mind blowing to think of it, and it makes each of these tiny artifacts seem all the more amazing to me as I rest my eyes upon them.
Just think… We could have missed this. We were ready to pull up our anchor and move on without even giving this spot a moment of our time… but we didn’t… and today I held time in my hand.
|I found a live Lettered Olive
|The real #1 Beach in America (so far)