Harbortown Marina – Merritt Island, FL (Saturday, 11/4)
Before leaving, Denise wanted to get a run in along the beach. But she had a hard time getting up due to insomnia during the night (excited to finally being home?). When she finally woke up at 6:15, there was not really time to run, and Mark had woken up a bit earlier than usual. We had targeted a 7:00 – 7:15 departure and when we left NSB City Marina at 7:15, we were right on schedule.
Just before we left we had a chance to see the awesome moon from last night set over the western sky, and shortly thereafter we were graced with an awesome sunrise. Surely we will miss this after today.
We headed south along the ICW and here again we found houses to have damaged docks and sunk boats.
We cruised past the Boston Whaler Plant in Edgewater and through Mosquito Lagoon where we finally got to glimpse the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center. This is our landmark to tell us we are almost home.
Almost the entire time we were underway, Denise began packing up things on the boat. All the clothes, linens, food, medicines & cosmetics, books and other personal items had to come off the boat. On Tuesday the boat will be hauled out for some annual maintenance as well as cleaning and polishing of the hull. While she was doing this, Mark steered our Island Office around the fishing boats, slower cruisers and around the bridges.
We cruised through the Haulover Canal and by the city of Titusville passing boats along the way. It was a beautiful day and there were lots of watercraft on the water. Then soon afterwards we turned east into the barge canal and towards Harbortown Marina.
The usual dolphins were frolicking about, almost as if to say “welcome back”. And then we turned into the marina and parked our Island Office into its newest slip. We were safely home sweet home!