We have seen dolphins all along the ICW as it shifts from densely populated narrow canals, where we can see into houses, to people-free and bird filled islands along shallow shoals. We keep a diligent watch on our depth meter.
|Motoring past one of the canal homes|
As we pulled into our anchorage at Melbourne, we brushed an uncharted shoal and were therefore careful the next morning to avoid it although another anchored boat narrowed our route. We were close to the Kennedy Space Center and I had hoped we would see the much publicized flight of the space shuttle Discovery being ferried on a 747 to Washington. At dawn and just I was taking us between the other boat and shoal, I saw the 747 and her military escort heading straight towards us. I yelled at Craig who had just raised the anchor and he scrambled back to the helm as I promptly deserted it for a photo. She turned right ahead of us and flew up the waterway.
We anchored overnight along the way at Titusville and Daytona and are waiting out some severe storms for a few days at St. Augustine. Although the city is filled with great historical buildings and excellent restaurants, our favourite site is the Alligator Farm. We wanted to learn more about the alligators we've seen along the way...
|American Alligator (Mississippiensis) we watched in a lagoon at Cape Canaveral|
|This is how alligators spend their days: perfectly still to try to retain heat.|
|Feeding of a magnificent Salt Water Crocodile|
|Mugger Crocodile (Asia)|
|Flap at the back of the throat enabling it to eat underwater|
|Roseatte Spoonbill and young|
Having said all that, Craig has the last word. "I wonder if it matters if my kayak smells like fish."