Posted by Bill
Today we took a break from boat projects and took our dinghy over to Boot Key to explore the mangrove tunnels. Our Harbour Cay friends Jim and Lanny led a flotilla of dinghys under the 7 mile bridge, through Boot Key harbor and into the mangroves. The tunnels are very narrow paths through the mangroves and are marked by private buoys and orange painted branches. You really have to know where they are. Most of them are accessible only by kayak, and we encountered areas that were just wide and tall enough to let us get through. It was great fun!
Path we took to where the tunnels were:
Lanny pouring mimosas to toast our departure:
Dinghys getting ready to depart:
And we are off:
Motoring through the canals and creeks of Boot Key:
Entering the tunnels:
Working our way through the mangroves. Most of the areas where very narrow and low, and we had to frequently duck down and pull ourselves through:
After several hours…making it out:
And then we motored to a local bar on the water, Dockside:
On the way back, we stopped at Sunset Grill for a few happy hour cocktails:
And then we had happy hour and watched the sun set at the tiki hut at Harbour Cay Club:
A great day! Thanks to Lanny and Jim for leading us there and through the tunnels. We would never have found them on our own.