Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Off the Dock at Fort Lauderdale
Georgia laying on the south side of the New River shore in downtown Ft Lauderdale. The building behind is the Nu River Landing, one of the many high-rise condos. We didn’t make it far off the dock today, just down the New River to Lake Sylvia, which is a small lake just off the Intracostal Waterway near Bahia Mar that makes a good place to anchor for the night – and it’s free. We’ll leave early to sail past Miami to Key Biscayne in the morning. Getting off the river wall was a little on the challenging side. We were just east of the draw bridge, the current was pushing east and the wind blowing west. The river looks pretty small when you are trying to get the boat turned around before some monster mega yacht comes by to center punch you. Fortunately I had Chris on board to take care of the stressing out.
We had some good visits with my Dad and sister in Ft Lauderdale. Here’s Dad taking a look at the boat and no doubt making some wise remarks.
Las Olas Blvd is a short walk from the docks. This is an old shopping district that went way down hill when I lived in Florida. It has been revived and is full of high-end shops, restaurants and tourists from all over the world. Here’s a group of Euros taking it easy on the boulevard.