Mar Vista to Gulfport

We had two winged visitors this morning who came to perch on our dinghy. The first one was a great blue heron and the second a white egret.

 
 
Both were hunting for the bait fish that were swimming around our boat.

 
 
We prepped ourselves to leave and pulled anchor at 9:15. Bob made a few calls to acquire some spare parts for the generator in case his repair failed. They would deliver them to our next destination of Gulfport. We were pretty much all alone on the water this morning. It was hazy and warm. They are calling for a chance of thunderstorms later today and tonight….but scattered so you never know if your area will be lucky enough to get the rain. We’ll see. Crossing lower Tampa Bay was easy with only a light breeze from the south. 

 
 
Passing under the bridge into Boca Ciega Bay, we passed 6 very small power boats on a Speed Boat Adventure. It looked like it would be fun!

 
 
“Little Toot” passed us on his way to Clearwater.

 
 
We arrived in Gulfport Marina for fuel ($4.49) and a pumpout at 11:30. By 12:45 we were tied up and resting comfortably in the AC. We took a spot at the end of the transient dock where it would be quiet and peaceful.

 
 
After cooling off, I did some boat maintenance—polishing the rails. I cranked up the tunes, put on my swimsuit, and proceeded to polish. It took me about 2 hours, but I took my time. Bob flushed water through the water tank twice to get rid of some skunky water we picked up somewhere and then refilled the tank. It looked like rain, so we would hold off on washing the boat until tomorrow. We finished up our work and did a Skype call with Kaya for his birthday tomorrow. It was great to visit with Kaya and to see Izzy! We had dinner and Bob walked Auggie. Rain was still expected overnight and it will be welcome. We watched some TV and turned in early.

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