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DaY 82 through 84 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/24/2012, Anchored off Pumpkin Key
Catching up a few days this morning before we pull anchor. We returned to Islamorada World Wide Sportsman Marina Saturday morning after being moored overnight at Lignumvitae Key. My friend, Max Guzman, and his wife Donna drove over from Englewood on the west cost of Florida to visit. It had only been about 15 years since I had seen Max. He and Donna are both sailors up in the Great Lakes and Canada. I followed their blog this summer aboard their 34' Tartan Sin Sal. They wanted to see our Liquid Therapy and met us about lunchtime at the marina. TALK, TALK TALK you bet. We had lots to catch up on from the Phone Companies, ( Max and I had worked at C&P / Bell Atlantic / Verizon) and Donna at Cincinnati Bell. Max transferred to Cincinnati Bell ) We also talked a little skiing, as we both were snow skiers in the past. And of course boating. Their boat is all fixed up and ours needs LOTS of beautification. So, ideas were given to us about restoration. We ate at good places and of course were to Lorelei's for happy hour and the sunset celebration..Max and Donna left about noon on Sunday and Susan and I just didn't feel like getting underway for a few hours and elected to stay one more night. We got underway about 10AM after pump out and saying goodbye to the staff at the marina. We had contemplated going on the outside, but the wind dictated an inside passage. The winds are MUCH better. But they were forecast to reach 20kts off shore. We had a nice ride up the ICW and decided on Pumpkin Key for the evening anchor. A very pleasant breeze and sunset don't you know..
DaY 81 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/20/2012, Mooring off Lignumvitae Key
Today we left World Wide Sportsman Marina for a nice trip to a Florida state park on a close by key called Lignumvitae. The trip tried my navigation skills as alway around the lower keys with very little water in any channel. We were leaving the "Little Basin with only about 4' of water on an outgoing tide. It was only because the low was supposed to be higher than normal by about 6". I felt the boat touch from time to time until I got to the deeper water of Yellow Shark Channel. The channel led to an intersection channel again with not much water until we felt our way into the dock at Lignumvitae. Ranger Robbin Tangen met us and welcomed us to the island. It has been sort of protected since 1919 and finally turned over to the state parks and recreation. Lignumvitae is a tree that grows very slowly. We saw one that could not have bee 15' tall and it was estimated to be 400-500 years old. There were several rare trees there. Iron wood that was used on the decks of submarines in WWII as if a piece came off it sank. I thought all wood would float. There was a very interesting house built out of quarried coral from the island. The island had been a coral reef thousands of years ago and was submerged at that time and now is 14' above sea level.
DaY 78 & 79 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/19/2012, Islamorada, Upper Matecumbe Key, FL
"You can check in anytime you want, but you can never leave" That's the way we were starting to feel about Marathon. But finally the Wednesday forecast was for light winds!! Yes folks we were going to leave on Wednesday. We took Liquid Therapy off the mooring to the dock and took on water and got one more holding tank pump out so we would be ready for tomorrows departure. We celebrated in sorts by going to happy hour at our favorite dinghy dock bar named "DOCKSIDE" and had a sunset margarita. Then we went back to the boat and got our clothes and bath supplies for one more bath ashore and then to the "HOOK LINE AND DRINKER" restaurant right across route 1 from the marina. We had their famous lobster mac and cheese a dozen stone crab claws and a Florida Sushi roll. That really was a treat. It was then back to the boat for our early morning departure from our mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor City Marina..
DaY 77 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/18/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
So, I awake to the howling wind. Which just keeps me in a semiconscious state at night when I'm trying to sleep. Things run though my mind. And all of a sudden WAY back in time the sound of the wind reminds me of something I've not thought of in years.
DaY 76 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTUREBrooke Smith
01/16/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
SUSAN'S BIRTHDAY! So we took it easy all day. NO WORK. NO PROJECTS.
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.