It was way back in 1980 but we had a wonderful cruise
, Tx to the FL Keys in our 23-ft twin-keel Westerly. I was surprised to read the warnings about the LA ICW
, which we fond the barge traffic interesting, even getting invited to tie alongside a potato barge for about 100-miles, enjoying our first taste of authentic red beans and rice by the captain
and crew, which we were very impressed with their seamanship. They were very curious of us from San Francisco
and, as it was just after Christmas
and with alongside, delighted in telling the bridge & lock operators of "what Santa Clause brought them"! Enjoy the adventure.