Sailing Adventure (Wednesday 5th April-Sunday 9th April 2017)

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To finish my last days on my 3 month adventure around America I spent it at sea!

I would have never imagined I would get an opportunity to sail from Key West up towards Orlando and it is all thanks to a great couple I met in Key West. The same couple I went snorkelling with with my couchsurf host. They invited me to sail with them to save me having to leave Key West early to get a greyhound bus and to stay in Orlando. What an amazing thing for them to do for someone they had only just met. This made my last days just definitely one to remember.

The sail boat was so different to what I had stayed on during my stay in Key West, it was so low to the water that I felt very sea sick the first day, but after a can of ginger beer I was absolutely fine. The boat itself was pretty big, it had a toilet, a small bedroom where my new friends slept in and I slept on the pull out sofa. The top deck had alot of seating so we had plenty of room. They had even bought an England flag to put up on the top of the boat alongside their one from Maine they already had. What a lovely thing for them to do for me.

I was taught how to help with the sails of the boat, which was so much fun, at night they took it in turn to sleep and to sail as we sailed at night. Some nights we stayed in ports which was great because we could then get off the boat and explore the stops, and also get a shower and some food.

To be on the sail boat and have nothing around us but water just felt like a dream. I even spotted a huge sea turtle in the water. We kept our eyes open for any dolphins and other animals. The sunsets were just incredible at sea, with no lights from anything it really made the sunsets even more amazing. To be out on the top of the boat at night to see the stars and the moon was so unbelievable it really was just so peaceful going along the water. Sunrises were just as incredible as the sunsets.

Another great thing about being on the boat was that I could just chill and relax for my last days. I was able to top the tan up really well, the weather was just so nice.

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The sail boat I lived in for 4 days

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Our flags

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Miami

We sailed past Miami which was so nice to see the skyline, it really was great to just sail along and be able to see Miami from that view.

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Fort Largo

We stayed a night at a port in Fort Largo, had some lovely food and was able to get a lovely shower. Sailing from Fort Largo we sailed down the canal with houses along each side, this was just beautiful. The houses are just incredible, something you would only imagine seeing on films. It took a long time to get from Fort Largo to our next stop due to the number of bridges that you have to wait to be opened. We had to use walkies talkies to call the bridge operators to get them to let us through on the next bridge openings.

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Sunbathing on the top of the boat

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Del Ray Beach

We arrived in Del Ray Beach and managed to find a port to stay in for the night. We had a walk around Del Ray and found a nice English pub which we went for a drink for and then had a wonder around the shops and found a restaurant with a shark tank in. I liked Del Ray Beach, it looks like a good place to spend a longer amount of time at.

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West Palm Beach

We set off from Del Ray Beach to head to West Palm Beach. On the way we had to wait for a while at a bridge near Donald Trumps house as he was wanting to cross the bridge. The Coast Guards actually came right up to our boat, holding guns asking us where we were heading and that we would have to wait. In the end Trump did not actually go over the bridge so we were able to carry on with our journey. The Coast Guards even sailed alongside us to make sure we did not go in the restricted areas.

When we got to West Palm Beach we did not have a port to stay at so we anchored up out in the water, so when we got off the boat we had to go out in the dingy to get to the shore which was pretty cool. West Palm Beach is really nice, We went to a tapas bar for some drinks and some snacks, had a walk around and then got a local bus to the food shop as that night we had planned to cook steaks on the boat.

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View of West Palm Beach from the boat

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Steaks on the boat

What an incredible way to finish my 3 month adventure. I would definitely recommend Couchsurfing while travelling and this exact blog is the reason why. You get so many more opportunities and make such good friends along the way.

That’s it for my blog of my 3 months in America, 24 states in 3 months and I will never forget everything I was able to do, and all the friends I made along the way. Couchsurfing is definitely the right was to travel.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Miss Coddiwomple

 

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