We're actually located just east of Ft Myers at the Franklin Lock and Dam. The Okeechobee Waterway includes 5 locks and dams run by the Army Corps of Engineers. These locks and dams keep the water levels where they want them. Some years, when there has not been much rain, this waterway is closed to boating traffic. But, no problems this year, or last year when we traversed it eastbound. Now, on with the stories.
There were so many people aboard at the dinning table, Di and Steve relegated themselves to the kids table. Is that wine there at the kids table? Thanks Di and Steve. The party was fantastic!
Stephanie Moralesaklin and Roberto Rodriquesjechte hosted about 20 of us aboard September Song for Roberto's famous Enchilada's. They were at least a pound a piece and were prefaced by tons of mexican apps. Thanks guys. Everything was awesome. (Sorry, I forgot the camera.)
Of course we could not forget the Rendezvous' formal dinner at the Yacht Club. We had to get dressed up, which meant jackets for the men (tie not necessary) and our dusty funeral shoes.
Chuck and Pat Berry hosted a bunch for bourbon slushes and apps before the Club's happy hour and roast beef sliders. I admit, I had 4 slushes--they were quite refreshing. Ganks Tuys.
Vicki and I hosted about 23 folks for an old fashioned weenie roast dock party. Vicki russled up some baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw. Norm grilled the dogs, italian sausage, kielbasa and similar tubesteaks. Folks brought a lot of extra apps and trimmings. And our new friends from Quebec, Louie and Danielle, brought drunken grapes. (Grapes marinating in port wine for 24 hours--Merci guys to everyone).
Starboard side crowd at the weenie roast.
That's Aurora out there. They just left the Port Myacka Lock and are entering Lake Okeechobee. We're right behind them. As you can see the water levels on this part of the waterway are such that the Corps of Engineers has both lock doors open and we only had to pass through. Not so at the other locks. We had to either lift or fall about 8 feet in each.
All the conveniences of home and on the waterfront. Let's sell the boat and be squatters here. Whatta ya say?
We wondered if our davit (crane) could lift this wonderful looking "meat on the hoof". Too bad it's a hangin offense down here.
Upon arriving at the Franklin Locks we spotted a couple of friends we met here last year. They were in the same camping spot. It was John and Nel from Indiana. (That's them on the far side of the pic). What are the odds? It was great fun getting re-acquainted and sharing laughs again.