Monday, October 31, 2016

Day 28 - Titusville to Vero Beach

October 31, Halloween

We shoved off relatively early, just after 0800. 

Titusville Sunrise
Today's float plan is very straightforward, due South down the Indian River. It was another beautiful day to be on the water but a somewhat boring run due to it being a straight shot, "in the ditch" on the well-marked ICW. 

Leaving Titusville, we passed Port St. John, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, Sebastian and then down to Vero Beach. 

After about five and a half hours, we were getting pretty bored.  
Well, just near Sebastian, we spotted a school of dolphins ahead. The first mate got her camera ready as we approached them. We'd seen so many by now but these guys looked like a school of aggressive playmates. Well, they gave us quite a show. 
Darting to port

Diving under the stern

For several minutes they were dancing, twirling and frolicking in our wake. Darting under the boat, then backing off in order to dart into the back thrust  once again. Something about the sound of the engine combined with the wooden resonator?

Literally within just a few feet of the boat.  

VERY exciting. Dolphin obviously like swimming at about a 10 knot pace. 

Darting to starboard

We got to Vero with enough time for some real exercise, a brisk walk around town and back in time to freshen up before dinner.

Tomorrow's plan is to get to the Stuart area, a convenient stop before the beginning of the Okeechobee Waterway. which takes us over to the west coast, exiting into the Gulf of Mexico in Ft. Myers, just north of Naples.

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