Okay, it has been a while since the last blog post. There has been a lot going on…..Let’s catch up, we hate it when they leave the good guy hanging on the side of a building and you have to watch 12 minutes of commercials to review that the hero is still stuck on the building for another week!
Our route that we would try to take to Key West! We headed out of Ft. Lauderdale through the inlet. 3 miles offshore of Miami! Exciting to get Bikini Bottom out in the ocean for the first time in about 6 years! Our hero, Ginger…notice we added jacklines to clip into so we wouldn’t fall overboard by accident. 50 miles later, (in your best Frenchman accent, i.e. Spongebob) We arrived in “No Name harbor”. Yep, that’s the name! It is a very well protected cove and had everything but water and electricity. The sunsets were great and the rangers are awesome. (Captain Adam empathizes, not the hockey team) We managed to get our AIS tracking system working after a few bugs. Now we are less likely to run over by a container ship! There were lots of mangroves and shallow paths to get to Islamorada and then Marathon. Hard at work from my office. The lighthouse at No Name Harbor, the beach has a nice mat to drag your wagon over to get there. We spent 4 days here. Definitely worth the trip. Got diesel fuel and water because we didn’t know when we could get more. The rainstorms came and made life difficult. Bruno is our only barometer, check out our Amazon wishlist for stuff we need. *HINT* So, we anchored near Pumpkin Key for a couple of nights and checked out a few of the local restaurants via our Jet Dinghy. Did more work and checked in on friends and family We did spend a week in Boot Key Harbor for a week. It doesn’t look like this. Nice staff, but…since Irma destroyed half the boats in the marina….they have some work to do. We made it to the 7 mile Bridge! The water was a nice color if teal. (Better than the color of Mike Wolf’s Duster that burned to the ground a few years ago. Sorry Mike, this is a great color! “Are we there yet? I haven’t pooped on land in a month!” One of the many great sunsets…. The only really nice photo from Boot Key Harbor. Patiently waiting, watching for sharks too, we saw one! And, like Bigfoot….not fast enough to get a good photo! The crab and lobster traps lined Hawkes Channel and we couldn’t sail in a straight line. We had to zigzag the whole way. We complained on Twitter about this and got a call from Fish and Wildlife. Hopefully they can resolve this. Getting closer! Freakin’ giant storms! We sailed through like Truman Burbank would! Hoping to find the door at the end! Captain Adam sailed close to shore and used the wind to fly faster than the storm! Bees! More bees! We made to to our anchorage and were inundated by lots of honeybees. We used microfiber towels to bring them into the cockpit and rescue them from the rainstorms. We later watched the Marines playing with their helicopters, and dropping perfectly good soldiers into the water for some reason. The dinghy docks in key West are crowded and you need to buy parking stickers or they will impound your dinghy and crush it if you don’t pay up. Our magnet board is growing new magnets as we travel. “Double rainbow all the way!!!!” We finally made it after 250 miles of sailing. Definitely the brightest rainbows that we have ever seen! Our first sunset from Mallory Square. We had to jump over the crowd to get the photo. Our friends at West Marine sold us a new propane bottle to upgrade over what we previously had. Bikini Bottom is fast! We did almost 9 knots in some places on a beam reach. Remnants of the devastation of the hurricanes can be seen everywhere. Surprise! Our sink pump broke. Adam had a spare onboard and used every fitting we had to fix it. The rainstorms have been crazy. We are hoping that the weather gets calmer soon. Our new 75 pound Rocna anchor has been great! No more dragging! One more sunset, did we mention that we are going to do a sunset calendar. Get ready Darrell! We made it!!!!! So, we will be doing some Key west blogs and videos for a bit. Hooray!!!!
Hope this keeps you interested for a bit longer….thanks for watching, and reading! Most people don’t do that anymore!
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