Around 5:30 this morning, the wind finally kicked in (Just when we could no longer use it!). Cindy and I quickly dropped the sails to prepare to enter San Carlos Bay. We watched the sun rise over Ft. Myers Beach before passing under the Sanibel Causeway and making our way past Punta Rassa. Soon we found the beginning of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and took a hard turn to Port, passing the Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge.
We were planning to anchor at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. However, with the anchorage being exposed to north winds and a heavy chop on San Carlos Bay we decided that might be uncomfortable and decided to anchor on the other side of the channel near St. James City. After an uneventful anchoring exercise in 8-9 ft of water, Cindy and I had some cereal for breakfast and took a short nap before the girls awoke.
After grilling burgers for dinner, we gathered to play a few games. Barry was victorious in Bananagram, Julie won at Golf (the card game), and Cindy won at 10-down (another card game). Tracy received the good sportsmanship award! We fired up the generator for the while to run the heat in order to take the chill off and enjoyed a peaceful night at anchor.