Thursday, January 17, 2013

On The Move South - Peck Lake

We had two successful nights of anchoring under our belt outside the Marina in Ft Pierce. We finally decided that listening to the traffic going over the bridge which continually opened and closed for boat traffic in the Intra Coastal Waterway (ICW) and being surrounded by city lights it was time to move on in search of another type of exotic surrounding.

The anchorage did have its fun times though. There was a constant battle between the wind and the opposing strong currents deciding which way the boat would face. We called it the amusement park because we felt like we were on a Tilt-A-Whirl. One minute we were facing North and a few minutes later the boat would swing to face South while all the other boats at anchor were facing random directions. You could get seasick just sitting there. There was another amusement ride there called Bumper Boats. The second afternoon one boat dragged anchor and drifted into the bow sprit of another boat. Other than a bent bimini pole on the drifter's boat there was no damage. After he unhooked himself and got his anchor up he took off and disappeared down the channel.

Yesterday morning we took off and headed South to a place called Peck Lake which came highly recommended over another place in Stuart, Florida that we were originally headed to. The first thing we did was to go under the fixed bridge just South of our anchorage, This was a first for Gayleen and she swore we missed hitting it by a couple of inches. If you never went under a bridge you would swear you are going to hit it even if you have 6 feet of clearance.



We are so glad that we were told to go to Peck Lake. It is a very nice wide section in the ICW that is next to a thin strip of land separating it from the ocean. The land is a Preserve and has several miles of beautiful undeveloped beach. We left Pearl at her new anchorage to venture on shore.


A short path separates the anchorage from the beach.






The sand is white, the water is blue and you have the beach almost to yourself.





I am writing this post late on our second night here for two reasons. One is that I found a wifi connection to hook up to that allowed me to upload the pictures and the second is that a cold front is moving in and the wind is howling. It is going to take a while for me to trust the anchor so tonight will be spent looking at the boats around us to make sure were are not dragging. It was blowing very hard earlier and we held fine. So far so good. Its about 55 degrees out now headed down to the 40's and a cup of hot coffee will keep me warm and awake for a while.

Tomorrow we will decide whether we want to continue South or wait another day.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! What a move beach! Hopr it doesn't get too cold tonight . Sounds chilly for Florida. Bob Hall

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  2. Nice beach, looks relaxing. Hope things warm up for you, if it makes you feel any better it was sitting below 10 last week :)

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