Cedar Keys and on to Dunedin

18 Apr

Cedar Keys

We left Steinhatchee and braved the Gulf of Mexico once again (although, we were never that far from the coast, so it probably doesn’t count as harrowing or intrepid). We weren’t rained on, tossed about (well, maybe a little bit), or even blown off course, but it was a pretty cool trip. We were visited by a huge sea turtle, who erupted out of the water and gave us the evil eye (really, his shell must have been at least 4 feet long…and he was a turtle, so this doesn’t count as a ‘fish story’), and Boyd swears he saw a stingray jump out of the water (do stingrays jump…well Boyd says he saw it, so it must be true!). It did get a bit exciting as we wound our way through all the buoys to get to our anchorage – that’s a skinny, shallow channel! But, we’re here now, so it’s time for a celebratory cup of tea…

…huh!…no internet!…fine, I’ll post this tomorrow…

So, it’s tomorrow and we’re on our way back to civilization. We’re Dunedin bound, and have been playing hide-and-seek with crab pots all day…

2 crab pots

…fishermen drop these buoys attached to wire cages all over the Gulf, and it’s up to us boaters to avoid them. They are not marked on any map, or lighted, or transmitting; they’re just sitting there (sometimes just below the water!) waiting to get tangled up in some unsuspecting boat’s propeller. I’ve got to say, it would be a lot easier to avoid them if they weren’t covered in mold!

one crab pot

Ya’ weave and turn avoiding one line (they drop them in long lines) only to find a new line going in a different direction. Come on, Dunedin; we are soooooo ready for a beer!

8 Responses to “Cedar Keys and on to Dunedin”

  1. Alex Ertz April 19, 2015 at 06:36 #

    Welcome to the Florida Suncoast. Looking forward to seeing you before we resume the Loop from Chesapeake Bay soon.

  2. ME and the Boss April 19, 2015 at 09:49 #

    Unlike many of the towns in Florida, Dunedin has a really neat
    main street,. walkable from the city dock. Heading East, the last place
    on the left, just before the RR tracks, now the bicycle path,
    is our favorite restaurant in Dunedin. The Mexican restaurant,
    cattycornered across the street is also very good.
    Enjoy the Sun Coast … ME

  3. Chris April 19, 2015 at 11:53 #

    I always wondered why there isn’t some sort of wire cage that would fit around the propeller (larger than the prop, of course) that would keep it from tangling in lines and weed and such. Would it reduce the flow of water to the prop too much? As a kid, I spent many hours pulling grasses and weeds from propellers and that is NOT a fond childhood memory. I can’t imagine it would be any more fun with a crab pot line.

  4. Lucy Turner April 19, 2015 at 12:32 #

    Keep writing your journal and sending it out. I am having a good time traveling along with you. You are such a good journalist that I feel I am there with you.

    Lucy Turner Gregg’s mother

    • ACRES Webmaster April 19, 2015 at 14:40 #

      Hi Lucy! Welcome to the Bushranger blog! I’m so glad to hear from you. Thanks for the encouragement!

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