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DaY 75 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/14/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
What to say? What to say. We were leaving Boot Key Harbor today with 10-15 kts forecasted. We were going to run the Hawk Channel (Ocean side) rather than the ICW which is really the Gulf Of Mexico and has lots more open water and it's realy shallow. 7 1/2' in the channel. The wind forecast changed yesterday afternoon late and forecast went to 15-20knot until TUESDAY! So, we are staying on our mooring.
DaY 72 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURESusan Smith
01/14/2012, Key West
The day started out early for us with the alarm going off at 6AM. Today we're headed for Key West by bus to meet Wanda and Windy Chandler, our neighbors from back home. They were going to be in Key West on a cruise ship. After dinghying to shore and stopping by the "STUFFED PIG RESTAURANT" for a 'home made that morning cinnamon bun' and coffee, we hopped aboard the bus for our two hour ride to Key West. It's only 50 miles, but this 'local' bus stops often. We had a nice chat on the bus with a couple, also on their boat in our harbor, waiting for a good crossing day to the Bahamas. Exchanging tips with other cruisers is always fun. Key West was pretty much still asleep at 9:30 in the morning. As we walked toward the cruise ship docked near Mallory Square, roosters were crowing! It was not long before we met up with Wanda & Windy! It was really great to see familiar faces and we started talking just like we were back home! We walked a bit down Duval St and popped into Sloppy Joe's as they have a webcam. We sat at a table, ordered Bloody Mary's and e-mailed and called people to look at us on the webcam. Jonathan called from NY and we all got a laugh waving at the webcam. Carter, Wanda & Windy's daughter, emailed us that she had seen us too. After walking, talking and shopping much more, it was time to eat, again, this time at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. Nice yellowtail snapper and fish tacos. W & W re-boarded Enchantment of the Seas around 1:30, we walked around, and found a Wells Fargo ATM! Then we headed for a tour of the Ernest Hemmingway House. That was fun, even with the power going off, stormy, and six-toed cats running all around. Very enthusiastic, 21 yr old docent! We were able to make the 4:06 bus back to Marathon. It was dark and VERY windy! Much of our bus ride Brooke was checking Sombrero Light weather station, 5 miles off shore, directly out from our mooring ball and it showed steady 40 knots, gusting to 50! YIKES!!! We were just at Sombrero several days before to try and snorkel! Too many jelly fish. When we reached our dinghy, wind was blowing so hard, we decided to put on life jackets to go in the dark, the 200+ yards to Liquid Therapy. After Captain Brooke got us headed in the right direction,we made it safely to our swim platform!! Both of us got totally drenched from salt water coming from the waves into the dinghy. Oddest thing was this squall with such high winds was not predicted!! All in all, a fun day!
DaY 70 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/10/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Day 70 january 9, 2012
DaY 68 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/08/2012, Sombrero Light
Liquid Therapy had been sitting too long on the mooring ball and we decided to go out to Sombrero Light ( http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=701 ) for a snorkel. The weather was forecast to be good today but worse tomorrow. So we tied the dinghy to the mooring ball and left the harbor. A very nice trip to the lighthouse about 5 miles off shore. There were a few jellyfish to watch out for but the view from the boat to the bottom was great. Fish were swimming by. We picked up a morring ball proided for divers and the boat was rolling a bit. Not really calm out there although the winds had died down to less than 10 kt, it was still rolling from the days before. I got in the water and then jellyfish started coming by by and I hung around the ladder so I could re-board fast . I shot many underwater pictures and we stayed a bit, but decided to head on back in at a leisurely pace to enjoy the cruise.
DaY 67 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/06/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Another day in the Boot Key Harbor. Today Susan cleaned the hull and waterline of what is know as the ICW mustache. The ICW has lots of brackish water tht stains the bow as it plows though the water. My lazy idea was that when we go across the Atlantic to the Bahamas that the crystal clear water would erase the mustache. Most say that will not happen. So, while Suz scrubbed the waterline from the dinghy, she exclaimed that we had grass growing on the sides of the boat. Now we all know that grass doesn't grow on a rolling stone and usually the same can be said of a boat that has proper bottom paint and is on the move. So, I guess we have been sitting still too long. Tomorrow we are going to leave our mooring ball for a while ago out to the Sombrero Reef Light about 4 miles off shore. Im gonna run Liquid Therapy hard to see if the grass will ablate away the way the paint is supposed to work.
DaY 66 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/05/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Well today the wind starting calming down and I did a little brightwork. We discovered that the two doors were both leaking when we had a terrible rainstorm somewhere in North Carolina. So, fixing them has been on my mind since then. It doesn't seem to rain here in the keys. Cold front brings strong wind but no rain. So, anyhow it was a nice day in the mid 60s to work outside. I quit at lunchtime and we were supposed meet some people to go on a dinghy trip if they were not tied up with a new watermaker that they were having installed. When we dropped by their boat it was locked so we set out on our dinghy trip by ourselves to Sombrero Beach. It was a nice trip and we pulled the dinghy up on the beach and went ashore for a while. Really pretty water out there, but still too chilly for snorkeling. We hoped back in the dinghy and went up some canals looking at the homes. Nice vantage point from the dinghy. After retuning back into the harbor we motored down to the local watering hole ( Dockside Bar and Grill ) What a cast of characters. We had a drink and took in the conversations and headed back to the boat for sunset and dinner. And as announced on our cruisers net this morning, the International Space Station flew overhead at 6:37PM.