Finally, We got out on the boat for a trip to Bahia Honda and Little Palm Island. The was a ton of damage to both of our favorite places and things are moving ahead in both places to get them back into operation.
|Beautiful day on the Water|
For our "Camper" Lil Sanity, this is the first time back on the water since Irma. The waters were off limits for a couple of weeks or so after Irma and it took a while for the marina to get its fork lifts going again and have the buildings checked for security by the structural engineers. The wait is over and Marta and I and our friends Don and Patti made a day of being on the water.
|South Shoreline of Big Pine|
Seeing the devastation from Sugarloaf to Bahia Honda was very sad. The houses, trees, plants all gone where just 6 weeks ago was lush vegetation and beautiful homes. The brown bushes and trees where the leaves were striped by the monstrous winds and tornado's that lashed through this area.
|Little Bahia Honda Before|
|Little Bahia Honda After|
The little island to the south of the Bahia Honda Bridge is virtually gone, there is just one little stick of a tree left on it.
|Captain Run Aground's Boat|
|Bahia Honda Marina Entrence|
The park is bald, with the exception of a few palm trees and other odd trees. They say that the park
|Little Palm Island Docks|
will reopen by the end of October, and the marina hopefully by Thanksgiving. A captain had brought his boat into the marina just as the storm was hitting and ended up on the sidewalk next to the moorings in the marina.
|Little Palm Island Resort|
Little Palm Island is in a similar state of devastation. The buildings, docks and the grounds were a mess, but like Bahia Honda they were being restored. There were workers cleaning up the mess and starting to rebuild the resort.