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S/V Blue Bay
Dry Tortugas Visit
Dick and Nancy
03/29/2012, Marathon

Day 1 & 2
After spending a long time on a mooring buoy in Marathon harbor, we finally headed out to visit the Dry Tortugas, about 100 nautical miles west of Marathon. The only way to visit the park is to take your own boat, get a ride on a small float plane, or take a ferry which runs every day. There is limited camping but otherwise all visitors come and go the same day. The ferry makes the trip from Key West in about 2 hours but for us to get there from Marathon it takes two days with a stop over night. We chose to anchor near Boca Grande Key.
On our second day the wind was light and we motor-sailed. We saw large, green sea turtles, dolphins, many sooty terns and several frigate birds. We also caught one fish, a king mackerel about 30 inches long. We cooked up some filets for dinner when we arrived at the anchorage at the park. While anchoring we noticed two very massive fish which we were told were jewfish under our boat. Thousands of sooty terns were nesting at the island nearby and kept up a constant cry, day and night. We understand that there are many, many other species that nest here, and we did see several during our visit.

Still in Marathon, FL
Nancy
03/14/2012, Marathon, FL



Today we took our friend Bonnie to the bus stop so she could head to the airport in Key West and return home after a week-long of kayaking, visiting Key West and the Butterfly Conservatory, Sloppy Joe's, and Mel Fisher's Treasures, going to Happy Hour on Blue Angel, enjoying the local cuisine at several great seafood restaurants, walking around town and the Seafood Festival, and having Happy Hour aboard Blue Bay. It was great getting caught up on all the news from home and to have a good friend to enjoy our time here where it is warm and sunny (most days)! Back home we hear it is 73 degrees today. So much for warm and sunny here in Florida.
We are planning to leave Marathon and head south to the Dry Tortugas for a visit before we head north to Ft. Pierce to store Blue Bay for the summer, and then head for home. This winter has sure gone fast!

update
Nancy
02/14/2012, Marathon


Waiting for weather windows and watching weather are often cruisers' busiest past-times. We have been waiting for a good weather opportunity to go lobstering and finally decided we would just do it! The winds were expected to pick up in the afternoon and so we decided, along with Jim on Blue Angel, to head out to a nearby location, to do some lobstering. Luckily, Jim decided to come along or we might have had chicken for dinner! Instead we had six lobster! Jim and Sharon came over for dinner and she brought her great recipe of Bahamian baked mac and cheese. What a great addition to lobster and broccoli slaw. We plan to get more gear and go again soon. We have had a lot of fun fishing and lobstering with our great mentors and friends from Blue Angel.
Dick is working on replacing various gauges which have been going on the blink. Today he is working on the stainless, which frequently needs de-rusting and corrosion block applied. I am studying some info, recipes, and regulations on Florida fishing. Also I am taking a class on pine needle basket-making from a local live aboard with questionable results!

02/24/2012 | Nancy
Oh how exciting catching lobster it must be fun and eating it even better. My grandmother use to make pine needle baskets, I wish I knew how to do that. I still have the ones she gave me they must be forty years old.

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