Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ft Myers Beach to lake Okeechobee

Ft Myers beach to Lake Okeechobee
We picked up a mooring ball in Ft Myers Beach.  Took Buddy to town and he got a chance to plant his feet on terra firma.  He sure loves to ride ashore… he gets pretty excited.  When on board, he falls right into a routine—up on the bridge in the morning and he hangs out with us there until we drop anchor. 
Oh yeah – Rick falls right into routine with Buddy.. “caught nappin”
We ate at the new sports bar at Salty Sams marina. They had been open only three days and Rick was able to give the manager a few tips after we ate. 
Our next day took us up the Caloosahatchee river  to Labelle.  We went through a few small locks that picked us up a foot or two.  We also saw some interesting bridges. Labelle is a very nice small town that is generous to boaters.  The dock is free to tie up and they have electric and water free also.  The city library is next to the dock and they have free wi fi that reaches to the dock.  We went into town and walked Buddy around and bought a hose for the shower discharge.  It has decided to leak.  We ate at a local pub and it was friendly and tasty.  Pot Roast sandwich – their special.
Going through the locks we hold onto two ropes to stay in place

One of the cool swing bridges they opened for us

They open the“high water” door slowly to raise the boat to the new level
Sure hope this bridge stays up –see the counterweights holdin it up?

Very boat friendly town,, Thank you for your hospitality!

At Labelle you back into the dock with our anchor out in front

Go ahead – turn your computer upside down

 Docked at Labelle

We headed for Clewiston next. The waterway is lined with farms and nice homes on large lots and acerage. When we got to Clewiston we found the lock is to enter Clewiston and so all we had to do is turn left and go out on Lake Okeechobee. The lake was super calm and glassy. It is 30 miles across and we headed over to anchor in the discharge canal past the lock. We finally saw some wildlife on this portion of the journey. We saw a lot of birds and alligators around the lake. We woke up to a big gator eyeing Buddy on the swim platform .. Buddy wasn’t impressed .. he lifted his leg and marked the anchorage his…… 

Moore Haven

Hooty whooo

gonna getcha
Albert -- Buddy's Buddy

Lake okeechobee

Denny and Buddy

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