Parking: Lake Monroe Park
This is a great park. The bathrooms are all private and very clean with plenty of hot water. The cycling/walking path has a lovely wooden boardwalk and leads to two other parks, and the sites had privacy vegetation.
Although we got the new Porta-bote in Carrabelle, we never got around to actually putting it in the water, so we decided to try it out and scout out the lake for sailing. It rides remarkable well for a foldable boat. It’s a strange feeling standing on the floor; it’s like standing on a water bed. We went out with the electric outboard (~3hp), and it pushed it pretty well although with two of us in it, we couldn’t get it on a plane, but it will probably work when we try it with the gas outboard (6hp).
We wanted to put the sailboat into some freshwater before going back into salt, and this was a good location to it. The boat ramps and docks are very nice, but once again, we had to deal with power lines across the ramps, so we had to raise/lower the mast on the water. Fortunately, we’re getting almost as quick on the water as we are on land. Sailing was fantastic – the weather finally turned a little cooler, and it was nearly perfect for our Pacific Northwest adjusted bodies (the rest of central Florida is pulling out the jackets).
One negative: we had our very first theft. One of the wheel chocks on the boat trailer was stolen. They weren’t fancy, but I had modified them to be exactly what I wanted, so I was fairly miffed. Who steals a wheel chock?