Spent three days anchored in Little Shark River in Everglades National Park with Bob and Stephanie aboard September Song and Rick and Lynnie aboard Rickshaw. See the chart on the left of SE Florida and the inlet. The one on the right is a closer-up shot of our anchorage. Very remote area – it’s just us, the birds, the mangroves, and the river running about 4 knots. (No kayaking in that current.) Spectacular stars. We anchored upriver a bit away from where other boats typically anchor. It was remote enough to give us a tiny feel of unease. We saw the occasional fishing boat and a herd of teenage Outward Bound canoeists who were on the 14th day of a 20 day journey. Yikes! Bob and Stephanie led us on a dingy expedition. We explored some of the inner-reaches of the rivers and streams in this Everglades paradise. Did not see any alligators, but did see tons of birds.
Norm decided to try his luck fishing. He caught several small catfish with the squid from the freezer. (It’s there for bait – we don’t actually dine on squid.) He was trying to hook mangrove snapper, or river trout, or the little black shark that sister Joyce and Steve used to catch here. Released the catfish. Decided to try a different bait. Tried meatballs and pepperoni, but either the fish are vegetarian or they don’t like Italian food.
We dinghied four miles into Everglades City . They really shouldn't’t call it a ‘city’. Got bait there (frozen shrimp – hope the catfish don’t like it), but couldn't get a Sunday paper. The reason for the trip to Everglades City was to lunch at the Rod and Gun Club – a very “old Florida” experience. It opened in the late 1800s and was one of the first winter destinations for the well-heeled from up north.
Got to Marco Island yesterday. We’re anchored in Factory Bay. Dingied into "town" and got some much needed exercise. Stopped by some outside cafe's and all we saw were olde people, hence, "Geezer" Florida. Of course, I'm (Norm) a geezer, so I fit right in. Tomorrow we'll be meeting up with some friends that Norm captained with at the Sea Ray dealership near Annapolis. (They're not geezers.) Should be fun..