June Boat-A-Cade 2014
The 2014 Boat-A-Cade began at Hidden Acres Mobile Home Park on the Kissimmee River. On Friday 5 vessels arrived and two "ride a longs" hereafter referred to as my "Bow Bunnies" (Valerie Crandall & Anna Baro). We had our Captains Meeting that evening and enjoyed a cookout prepared by residents of Hidden Acres. Penny Loafer arrived late and had to stay over but followed us Sunday to join up in Ft Myers Beach.
On Saturday morning Half Fast (our one go-fast boat) left early, and later Angler, Nauti Dog, Nauti Nan, & Pam’s Paycheck left for Clewiston and Roland Martin Marina. We all arrived after a beautiful run across Lake Okeechobee in mid-afternoon. After checking in, we all headed to the pool until a thunderstorm ran us off. We enjoyed dinner & music at the Tiki Bar that evening.
Sunday AM we all headed around the rim to our first of three locks in Moorehaven to access the Caloosahatchee River. After locking through, Half Fast had a temporary motor issue which was addressed and we all proceeded on toward Fort Myers Beach. We experienced a rather lengthy wait at the Franklin locks due to a reduced opening schedule. After finally passing through the lock, we continued on and arrived at the beautiful Pink Shell Resort & Marina at Ft Myers Beach.
There, we were joined by Tiki Hut, and several drive ins. We spent the next three days there "languishing" on the beach, dining and partying. On Thursday we left and headed for Legacy Harbor Marina in downtown Fort Myers. We used the pool and dined in Fort Myers.
Friday AM we all left and went back to Clewiston and Roland Martin Marina for more fun.
Saturday morning we left and went back across Lake Okeechobee in three small groups. We used the pool at Hidden Acres and then had our banquet beginning with handing out door prizes, the Bent Prop award won by Nauti Dog, and naming our king & queen of the trip. These are two people chosen by a committee composed of last year’s king & queen and two or three boaters. They are recognized for their helpfulness, friendliness and support on the trip. This year’s king was Tom Zinsmeister and queen Pam Zinsmeister from Pam’s Paycheck. We finished with another delicious meal prepared for us by Hidden Acres and enjoyed music from the "old days" until about 11:00 PM by a very good duo.
Unfortunately, it was time to call it a trip. So, Sunday morning we all packed up and headed home on the trailers.
Pam’s Paycheck said they had the best crew of all twenty continuous trips since 1995. The "Bow Bunny" crew was a great help in the locks, tying up at the marina, and catering food & drink!
Although this was a relative short trip mileage wise, it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable trips KBAC has planned.
Thanks to everyone who participated in any way!