Our month in the Fort Myers Beach mooring field was up on Tuesday. We knew that we were going to need to extend by at least a week because we had friends coming to stay with us a few days. Unfortunately, we get a couple of nice days, sunny and in the 70’s, and then another cold front comes in. The daytime temperatures drop to the upper 50’s or 60’s (okay, I admit, warm by Michigan standards) and it blows like hell. Since our 3 severe storms in 8 days, it seems that cold fronts now are mostly wind storms. It’s not a time we want to go cruising. First, it’s the wind: we don’t know enough anchorages we can sit in for days and be (somewhat) protected and comfortable in these shifting winds. Second, it’s the cold. We don’t have much in the way of heat on board Prairie Dog. She’s not near as well insulated as her living space is above the water line. The mooring field at Fort Myers Beach may not offer more warmth, but it does offer protection and familiarity, and we feel safe on their mooring. And so we decided to extend our stay by another month. We are hoping that by March we may begin seeing more settled weather. It may be too much to ask this season!