It turns out that we have one small window of good wind. Today! If we miss our window today, it will be a week or so before we can leave. Therefore, we had to cut our visit short by one day with Dave’s parents. We drove them to a hotel in Ft Lauderdale that has shuttle service to the airport and said our goodbyes. We hated dropping them off early, but our decisions are based on the wind now. It broke our hearts to see them go, as we thoroughly enjoyed having them onboard for the past few weeks. John helped Dave fix any and all last items on the boat that needed repairing and Angie colored our days with her great company and by being a great sport when Dave teased her during our card games. We truly hope they will join us again somewhere in the Caribbean.
With the change of plans, there was some rushing around to get things done. Mom and I went to the laundromat and suffered with the task as we feasted on Sicilian-style pizza and Yeungling beer. Every laundry day should be so tough! Meanwhile, Dave topped off our water, washed down the boat, installed a new bilge pump, and restrung the trampoline.
Along the drive on Collier Blvd from Marco Island to the I75, we kept seeing these signs: Panther Traffic. We’ve never seen a sign like that before and thought it was pretty cool. It would be even cooler to see a Florida panther, which looks like a California mountain lion. But, alas, they are rare and sightings are even rarer. Conservation efforts are trying to increase the population numbers, but lack of adequate habitat is an issue.