HEADING TO THE DRY TORTUGAS TOMORROW
27 April 2011 | Key West, FL
Cheryl - Hot and windy
We were in Newfound Harbor for 5 days, waiting for the winds to die down. We only made it off the boat twice while there. We took the dinghy across the harbor to a canal on Ramrod Key that leads to Looe Key Tiki Bar. Definitely a wet dinghy ride coming back to the boat.
The last night there we saw bioluminescence in the water. Best way to describe it is like seeing Fire Flies in the water – very bright green dots floating by in the water. It was probably squid or jellyfish. Bill saw a very large turtle (Loggerhead Turtle?) around the boat. Can’t describe how great it is seeing things like this, never gets boring.
We arrived in Key West yesterday, back in the mooring field and plan on heading out early tomorrow to go to the Dry Tortugas. It is about 70 miles from here so we may stop and anchor out at Boca Grande Key, only about 20 miles from here tomorrow night. NOAA only predicts weather through next Monday so hope weather will be good for coming back to Key West middle of next week.
We went to Publix today to stock up on a few things. There are no services at all in the Dry Tortugas so we need to be totally self-sufficient while there. Sure is nice having the Engel freezer - we have steaks, pork chops, chicken, Brats and even 2 flavors of ice cream!
I am downloading a couple of audio books from Audible.com so we will have plenty of listening material while gone. Much to Bill’s dismay he has discovered that even though he is not one to sit and read a book he does enjoy listening to books.
Hope to get in some diving or at least snorkeling while in the Dry Tortugas. When we get back to Marathon we need to get our tanks recertified – no dive shops in Key West do the hydrostatic testing (required every 5 years). Dive shops will not fill our tanks until they are recertified. If we do any diving before heading back to Marathon we will need to rent tanks.
Dan, Pam & Craig - maybe we will even try and sail to the Dry Tortugas!!