18 Jun Key West, let the land adventures begin
Key West: the land of perpetual fun. I am not even sure where to begin here as there is so much to go over in terms of sea and land adventures. We have been to this part of the country back in 2010 and 2011 and now in 2016, still haven’t managed to visit all the fun spots we hit up back then. But lets talk about the sail into Key West. First, June equals no wind. So a straight 24 hour motor from Venice to KW. No wind and no fish, so it was a hot and challenging trip. And entering Key West channel is no easy feat, this was probably the most confusing channel we have entered on this adventure so a phone call to local marinas asking about which channel and depths, ect, is always a good idea.
We went straight to the Garrison Bight Mooring Field. The mooring balls are 18/night and honestly we didn’t see the value in these. The field is far away from downtown (a solid 10 min bus ride), it is a long and hot dingy ride to get to the dock. So upon landing Sunday, we got showered and changed, waited at the bus stop for 30 minutes and were soaking wet again. But the ride in the air conditioned bus to Duval Street to Lazy Geko was all worth it. Wings and nachos for 5.00 each, and 2 freezing cold beers, yes please! We decided to go ahead and get a weekly unlimited bus pass for 8.00/each. That came helpful again when we needed to hit up the store.
We have now been here one week and can’t believe its been a week. We do live and operate a boat, so there are always some things going on. We are trying to figure out which of the four components of auto pilot needs fixing, we are waiting on a solenoid for the Winlass anchor-it goes up thank goodness but not down, and we are going to go ahead and rebuild the front head while we have access to many hardware stores here on land and a Key West literally at our fingertips. So the first week has been much exploring and projects, projects, projects. Also we are at anchor near Flemming Cut, so luckily land is 1 min away for us to take Bax too morning and night to do his business.
Each day we have been heading to shore around 8:30-9 to get stuff done. That may be laundry, online research in the library or at Dantes, or some exploring. While we were doing some research, Randy found a part time job captaining a dive and fishing boat. We have trips Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. That will keep us busy and gaining valuable experience down here before we eventually head North to Marathon.
Highlights of Key West so far:
- Don’t miss out on Lazy Geko’s happy hour and really any other happy hour for that reason. Caroline’s is fabulous for lunch but shoot us an email if you need any advice in the eating out department if you plan to visit Key West
- Glazed for doughnuts. I don’t care if we end up like houses, but this place is not to be missed
- Hot, hotter, and hottest during the day here in June. That means hit up the beaches (Smathers) or Dantes and get stuff done on shore
- Free wifi in town when on Duval or surrounding streets
- Our monster 35 lb tuna we caught 11 miles offshore in 212 ft of water. Reeling in time of 30 mins on a piece of Ballyhoo. Sushi was way better and more gratifying when you catch it yourself. Avocado, jalapeño, and tuna over sushi rice
- Some work and boat projects will consume our days until we are ready for our next adventure
We miss both of our fathers this fathers day weekend so get out and give your pops a hug if he is nearby. We are thinking and missing you, Bill and Wes:)
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