I have to admit I
have been struggling to make the mental switch to cruising mode. I can’t
pinpoint exactly why that is, maybe it’s because everything seems so laborious.
Even the simplest of tasks can take on mammoth proportions when cruising. One of
the downsides of having stowed so much ‘stuff’ is getting access to it.
We have made
meticulous inventories of where things are stowed (those of you who know me will
not be surprised by that fact) that in itself is not the problem. No, it’s more
a problem of the amount of stuff you have to take out to get to what you want,
then when you have used it, take it all out again out to put it back. So it does
not motivate you to cook……well that’s my excuse.
Whatever the reason I
have been struggling, a fact which was exacerbated when the auto helm belt broke
and we had to hand steer all the way from Fort
Pierce to Miami, including overnight (I know I’m such a
whimp!!!). Oh, did I mention we were motor sailing, again?
surprisingly little ship traffic on the way down to Miami, unlike last year at Fort Lauderdale.
We sailed into the
harbour and round to Marine Stadium Marina anchorage just before the
Rickenbacker Bridge and were treated to a wonderful view of downtown Miami
(better at night).
The next day we
dinghied ashore, grabbed a taxi and $25 later, we were on Ocean Drive Miami
Beach!!!! This is where all the Art Deco style hotels are. They didn’t
disappoint, with stunning architecture and accent lighting. It was just as I
hoped it would be. There were some nice art galleries, but apart from that it
was all eating and drinking.
Coconut Grove was the
other district we visited, only $16 taxi this time. Lots of nice restaurants and
shops, but very little else.
2 nights in the
stadium anchorage was enough for us. Great for shelter but that was all so we
upped anchor and headed round to Key Biscayne in another part of Miami. We were
going to No Name Harbour.
This was a lovely
little anchorage in a State Nature Park, very protected, quiet and even had its
own little Grill, The Boaters Grill. From there it was about a mile to the
We would recommend it
to anyone. Well worth the $15 overnight anchoring fee. It is run on an honesty
system. Let me tell you, those rich folk with those big mega yacht ain’t as
honest as the rest of us folks….if you y’all know what I
Have to say, Miami
was disappointing, all front and nothing of real substance. But that’s just my
opinion and maybe a little unfair.