Sunday, December 30, 2007

Greetings from the Isle of Bones

Yes folks, we are here in "Cayo Hueso" (The Isle of Bones) - better known as Key West!
We sailed from Naples on Wednesday. We were able to sail most of the day, but about sundown the wind died out and we ended up using the motor. We did get some practice using our new spinnaker. The 100 mile crossing (our longest to date) took 25 hours. We arrived at the outer mark in the northwest channel about 8 AM, but it took us until 11:00 to fight the current coming in from the Atlantic. We set our anchor in Flemming Cut about 11:30. Our marina reservation was for Saturday, so we just waited at the anchorage. As it turned out, that was a good plan. Coming off a 25 hour crossing we needed the extra time to relax and rest before hitting the town.
We got into our slip at the marina about 10:00 yesterday, took a shower and walked the entire length of Duval St. For those who've never been here, that is a TRIP, in several senses of the word. For one thing, walking the length of Duval takes you from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. It also takes you past some of the most colorful characters you are likely to meet anywhere. Mimes, drag queens, hippies and hillbillies - they're all here. There are also the thousands of cruise ship passengers who come ashore here for a few hours and really don't have a clue as to what they are seeing.
We had lunch at the original "Margaritaville." We saw the sunset over Mallory Square. We had a few Key West Sunset Ales at the Schooner Wharf Bar (one of the most famous bars in the world.) We also ran into Jim, our former dockmaster at South Pasadena! Key West is one of those places where, if you stay long enough, you'll run into everyone you know.
Happy Birthday Julie! And thanks to you and Tim for all you've done for us. (Now get your butts down here.)
Today, after a bit of reprovisioning, we hope to see the Pirate Museum and a few of the other interesting historical sites. Tomorrow, we need to take a nap so we can stay up, tip a few at the Schooner Wharf, and watch the "Dropping of the Wench" from the top of the mast of a schooner at midnight.
The weather is predicted to change starting Wednesday, so we may have to juggle our plans about leaving, but there's a couple of days for the forecast to change.
Oh, speaking of weather - to all you folks up north - it's 78 to 82 for a high during the day, and 68 to 72 for a low at night. And the only "white stuff" around is the sand on the beach. Yuck, Yuck.

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