07 Feb Everglades Day 1 continued
The Ten Thousands Islands on the west coast of Florida are remote awe inspiring and buggy. After leaving Rabbit Key Pass I traveled south to Pavilion Key. The shelling was great and the weather was perfect. I decided to take a nap under one of my favorite trees, the Buttonwood. After a brief catnap, I planned where I would anchor the boat for the evening. The deepest water around was up the Huston River. I anchored close to shore at first, then after a debate with my common sense. I anchored at the mouth of the river in 9 feet of water and watched the moon rise and the sun go to sleep in the gulf of Mexico. The silence was deafening. I heard double crested cormorant’s wings flap as they flew inland for the night. What a sound, a moment I will not forget. The sunset light was superb. The mosquitoes were less superb. I put up the tent on the front of the boat, because without the zipper closure on the tent, the bugs would have carried me, and my common sense away. The beauty of the Everglades is as inspiring as the bugs are bad. Over all a great night under the moon.