Crossing the Gulf Stream and sailing to lands beyond has always been the plan, but there have been so many little steps to get us to this one that it has always seemed too distant to actually be our reality. However, the wind is changing early this week, so that means the elusive opportunity is now coming upon us rapidly and our die is being cast… so the Gulf Stream is quite a bit deeper than the Rubicon, but it is none the less a decision that commits us to foreign waters and disconnects us from the security that we have enjoyed thus far down the coast. There have been a few descriptions regarding what we should be expecting, so I thought would share with you some of what we’ve been reading.
The Gulf Stream pretty much is channeled down from a hundred miles to thirty between the Bahamas and Florida. The distance between the last sea buoy and the Stream where we are crossing (Lighthouse Point, FL to West End, Bahamas: 60m) ranges from a little more than mile to ten, where the ‘west wall’ is indicated by a change in the ocean color to an indigo blue. Apparently the fish are abundant and Travis will be trawling a line, hopefully we’ll get lucky as we have yet to catch anything (besides jellyfish). The water temp is reportedly five to ten degrees warmer and cumulus cloud formation results directly from the warmer temps.
The ocean geography pretty much is described as we’re traveling between two great ocean shelves… with a huge river underneath us… quite interesting 🙂
We’ve had a great time visiting with family here Boca, resupplying our goodies and fuel, fine tuning some boat systems and between the rain fall, we even got to see some of the local flora and fauna. Here’s some pics of our southern Florida experience:
We’re looking forward to Crossing Our Rubicon early this week, we’ll let you know how things went at our next wifi location and hopefully we get to enjoy a Bahamian Thanksgiving!