We left Stuart on Tuesday and, after an overnight in Vero Beach, we are comfortably in Cocoa Fla near Cape Canaveral. Shame we were not here for last weeks' shuttle launch. We did see it from the Lake Okeechobee Waterway but it was less dramatic than had we been this close. Our trip so far has been uneventful with the exception of swarms of Lovebugs.
Lovebugs live for a year as larvae and each year at this time they morph, grow wings and take flight. Their main purpose is to reproduce by attaching to each others abdomen . The male dies shortly thereafter and the female lays her eggs which hatch in about two weeks. She then dies. We have been the unfortunate (as were others) of thousands of the lusting bugs. It has been a real challenge. They were all over everything outside making quite a mess. Hopefully this will end soon and we can walk around with out as much trouble.
Tomorrow we are off again for Daytona. We had considered an outside run from Canaveral to locations north but the weather window is closing and the wind direction will change to the N/NE with increasing waves. It looks more likely that an inside run to Fernandina in the most likely and will reconsider an offshore run then.