Day Three of the rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park was steeped in cruising information about getting around Florida including going to Key West, which is definitely on our agenda. We spent a week there last November and had a blast. So much so it became a mandatory stopping point for our Great Loop Cruise. I guess the way it works is that the information from the rendezvous in Norfolk is about getting from Norfolk to St. Louis-ish. The rendezvous in Alabama is about getting from St. Louis-ish to Norfolk. Some of the most useful information was about making way down the gulf coast of Florida. The presenter made many great references to terrific locales. As we spent a bunch of time there last year we're anxious to see it all from the water. Also helpful was finding out what the best jumping off point from the mainland to Marathon (The Keys) is, and that there is a fully marked route inside the islands back up towards Miami.
Many of the attendees went to a hootennanny (my word, not theirs) in Rogersville, AL. Music and smores for all. But I didn't go. Kind of pricey for my tastes but I am sure everyone had a rip-roaring time. I hung out in my hotel room and watched more tv. (Remember how enthused I was about watching a TV program yesterday morning? Well the shininess of that experience has rubbed off. Man, TV stinks.)
One more day here then back to St. Louis, Lisa and Why Knot. Then just a few more days until we are back out on the water heading south catching up with of all our friends.