My friends Bob and Darrick are both weather junkies. Every morning they check multiple source of weather reports. I'm different. I spend the same time scouring 8-12 news sources for articles that interest me. I only look at the weather when I am thinking of departing. I did that yesterday, thinking we would depart on Sunday. Whoops, there will be too strong unfavorable winds Sunday-Wednesday next week. There is not enough time to get to Marathon before that.
So, the next question is where to hang out for that 4 day window. Vero? Nah, we did our stuff in Vero (including a delightful afternoon and dinner with dear friends Walt and Pat). Miami/Dinner Key? Nah. There is no place in the Lauderdale/Miami/Coconut Grove area that interests us. Both of those options include a sail in the Hawk Channel which is a best-of-the-best sailing passages in the world. Then I thought of a very different strategy. We could cross Lake Okeechobee and spend a couple of night in Labelle, and two more in Fort Meyers. The unfavorable winds are forecast for offshore only; the interior of Florida will have fine weather.
So, that's what we are going to do. Yet again, cruisers make drastic changes in plans at the last moment; because of weather. That is why cruisers are so reluctant to commit to any promise of future plans to other people.