"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 16, 2014

April 15 - Welaka, FL

Bryant's Wharf/Public Dock

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” —Ghandi

We knew a cold front was going to move through the area today, bringing high winds and rain, so we left our beautiful anchorage in good time this morning. We decided we’d move over to the free dock in Welaka. Our cruise today was only eight miles…these long days are getting rough! Most of Welaka's dock space is for shorter day boats. A lot of people on the river have pontoon or bass boats. The only spot larger enough for us was on the end of the pier. Three thick pilings cabled together, which is called a dolphin, stood at the edge of the dock. Docking wasn’t too hard, but getting fenders adjusted to protect the boat from the large clusters of thick pilings was a bit more challenging and getting off the boat meant stepping across about 24” of water. Once we were tired up we took a quick walk around this little town and talked to a few people fishing on the pier. They told us about a few creeks and springs we should explore in our dinghy…we love getting local advise. We didn’t know about any of the places they talked about, so we have added them to our list things to do.

We spent most of the afternoon on the boat…watching it rain and rocking in the wind. It was a good day to get caught up on reading, paper work and photo editing. Sometimes it’s nice to have a slow day. We were looking forward to eating at a little restaurant above the dock, called CafĂ© Bleu, but we found out they’re only open Thursday through Sunday. Hopefully we can try it on our return trip. We decided to go to another favorite place we’d heard about called Shrimp R Us…it was very good, but just your basic seafood restaurant. We spent the rest of the evening just relaxing on the boat. 

One of the little streets in Welaka
Bryant's Wharf - Welaka Public Dock 
Watching it rain

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