We dropped anchor after a short 2 hour 9nm trip to Taverier. We thought we might stay here for the new stronger winds coming but the anchorage was going to be too far offshore and there really was not much of anywhere for us to go to shore fun for up to a week.
We were near to Toilet Basin however. Interesting place.
I'm sure pre Irma there were allot more thrones to see. the pass is just a few feet deep, maybe a 1/2 mile long and the 'flats' boats sure to speed thru there. It was slightly uncomfortable sitting at water level in the kayak.
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We moved to Key Largo and anchored in Tarpon Basin on Sunday the 18th of February. This descriptions of the bay varied and holding might be a problem. We took our time anchoring in 6' of water a couple hundred yards off the shore. The anchor held and we spent the first two days here aboard while the winds started to build into the 20's. At least there was only small chop on the water and not the big rollers that we'd experienced at Boot Key.
The trip up the Intercoastal on the Inside in the bay is in shallow water. The winds have been blowing out of the east strongly for a couple weeks now. And like Charlotte Harbor when there are north winds, the water leaves the area. Several times we only saw 5'3" which is a bit unnerving since we draw 4'6". We only traveled at high tide. Tides don't make a huge difference but 6" to 12" of tide change can make all the difference.
Key Largo is ok. We found two dinghy landings. One is at the government dock and the other is at the end of Kay Street. The government dock is crowded with local liveaboards and a few transients like us. There are stories of theft on line and its rather difficult to find a good way to lock the kayak at the docks. The
other landing is better suited for our needs and we can get the kayak completely out of the water, which we like, and lock it to the mangroves. The grocery is near this landing but the restaurants are closer to the docks.
Eileen at the street corner with our weekly groceries. We do get our exercise!
Florida State Parks are the best and John Pennecamp State Park and Reefs are great. We'd planned to be tourists and take a trip on the glass bottom boat but it was not running due to the high winds. It was fun walking around and seeing the beaches and landscape and learning a few things about the area anyway.
This is a Gumbo Limbo tree. The locals call it a Tourist tree since it has flaking bark.
We tried the CATCH, a locals bar and restaurant. It's kinda like Indy's Pawn Shop. This was THE happy hour deal! Raw Oysters on the half shell $.75 ea, meals under $10 and $2.50 bottle beers. You can't beat that in the keys...
We just received our weekly pumpout and have a sticker on our mast proving it.
The entire area is a NO DISCHARGE ZONE. We'll stay here the rest o f today due to the winds (Fri, 2/23) and hopefully move tomorrow during high tide to navigate the 'skinny' waters to our next stop, another anchorage off Key Largo in Barnes sound. This portion of the trip takes us under US 1 where the highway comes onto the keys from the mainland.
Made another excursion to the CATCH for happy hour today. Oysters, Shrimp, Mahi...more. YUM!