To Hole in the Wall

To Hole in the Wall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It seem the second I want to take a birds picture, it will immediately start to preen or get an itch, this heron sitting on a dredger line -  no different
 
 
Much as we could have stayed among the friendly people of Stuart, Florida. It was time to move on - I guess our livers are pleased with that plan.  We missed Uncle Dave as he is in New Jersey having recently lost his father-in-law, we do hope to see him when we get nearer. We cannot thank Dirty Al enough for all his kindness and hospitality.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We left at nine forty on a rising tide and it wasn't too long before we had left Manatee Pocket for the ICW, Chaps en route.
 
 
 
 
On we went, spending a peaceful thirty five miles in glorious sunshine, taking in the scenery and bridges.
 
 
 
 
 
A couple of interesting girls on the way
 
 
 
 
 
At this point the ICW was over four miles wide. We spotted many anchorages just off the main channel.
 
 
 
 
 
Perched on a mile marker, this chap was having a good scratch - just how far could he stretch his neck
 
 
 
 
 
 
It makes us laugh one minute looking at a sea bird, the next a land lover and back again
 
 
 
 
A regional meeting of allsorts
 
 
 
 
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Our last wide expanse before the ICW narrowed to a medium river width  
 
 
 
 The Hole in the Wall, pretty houses to our right, mangroves away to our left
 
 
 
 
We literally pulled sixty feet off the main channel to anchor a little way from this pair of motor cruisers
 
 
 
 
 
A handsome chap did a couple of fly-bys
 
 
 
 
A family of dolphins came over to welcome us
 
 
 
 
A huge thrill when the national bird himself - the Bald Eagle - did just the one sweep past
 
 
 
 
If the children and grandchildren were here with us - this would be truly perfect
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL PRETTY IDYLLIC