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Feb 9, 2016 - Key West
Key West is the southernmost point in the Continental United States. I had only been to Key West once, back in 1975. The population has grown enormously but otherwise the area hasn't changed in the last forty years. Key West was settled back in 1922 but was a tiny island. It was connected to the mainland by rail in 1912. It wasn't until 1938 that the Keys were connected by roads and bridges. The Overseas Highway, also known as Route 1, is still the only road connecting the Keys. Driving alone the Overseas Highway felt much like driving...Jump to full entry
Feb 7, 2016 - Great visi with Pamela and H!
Pamela and H Shaw arrived in Key West midday on February 1. We were thrilled to have friends from home join us on Southerly and we were pleased that their arrival ushered in some of the best weather days we have had on this entire trip. We had a drink aboard Southerly and then walked to Schooner’s for rum drinks and lunch (Dariene says that Schooner’s must be the first stop in Key West!). We sat in the open air, under a tree for the shade, ate and listened to the live entertainment. We walked around the Bight to give Pamela and H an idea of...Jump to full entry
Feb 1, 2016 - Still in Key West guests on the way.
We spent a total of 11 nights moored in Garrison Bight. We went through two episodes of stormy days with lots of rain and high winds. Other than some physical discomfort, we came through both with no problems. Our days of rain or really cold (62 deg. with a cool north wind), we stayed aboard and did small chores and read a lot. On the good days we took the dinghy ashore to shopping, or haircuts, or restaurants. For those of you who aren’t cruising boaters, I am going to explain a little about the electrical systems on the boat. We have a...Jump to full entry
Jan 24, 2016 - We came through the high winds unscathed!
We made it through the storms and high winds with no ill effects. The winds picked up overnight two nights ago. On Saturday, the winds were predicted for 20-25 knots out of the south to southwest. What actually occurred was that in storms the wind picked up to 35-40 knots. And the storms rolled through until late afternoon. The water was pretty stirred up and Southerly danced around a good bit (there was a fairly long fetch of open water with the wind from that direction). Early in the day, several boats came into the mooring field and...Jump to full entry
Jan 22, 2016 - We're in Key West!
We anchored outside of Boot Key Harbor for two nights and were well-protected from the winds mostly from the northeast and east. The forecast was showing more of the same for a few days and by the end of the week it was showing 30 knot winds from the south to west for 2-3 days. We decided it would be prudent to head to Key West, pick up a mooring and ride out the winds. We had a lovely sail and then motor/sail to the harbor of Key West. Arriving near the harbor, we had quite a panoramic view of the three race courses for Key West race week,...Jump to full entry
Jan 1, 2016 - Miami & Key West
During our 2 months in Miami, we planned to see a number of things that our previous visit didn't leave us time to explore. This year the dry winter season was late in coming, so most of our time here, we experienced an extension of summer, with heat, humidity, and rain. In fact, the monthly average rain for December is 1.7 inches, and we got 17 inches of rain the first week in December. That slowed us down some, as a lot of our planned activities had us outside, but we still managed to see a lot of the area. Following are some high points...Jump to full entry
Aug 19, 2015 - Key West
Yesterday we went over to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. We had been there before I enjoy snorkeling right off the different beachs although it dosn't seem to be as good as in the past. I saw different kinds of colorful fish and different types of jelly fish and also a couple of Iguana's. One of them swam across the lagoon. If I had seen it while I was in the water I would have come out running and sceaming like a little girl. The last time here we went out on a snorkel tour but the current was so strong you had to fight to stay...Jump to full entry
Apr 25, 2015 - Two days till we board the boat to Europe
In two days we will be setting sail for Copenhagen. I will start the next phase of the regular blog postings once we reach the WIFI of our airbnb host. When I last posted our news, we were in New Jersey and Tom and my dad had taken the train to NYC to attend the NYC auto show. I am happy to report that they had a wonderful time testing all the cars, and nothing was bought except lunch. While they enjoyed the cars, Geri and I spent the afternoon at Costco filling the cart with many exciting finds. We remained in New Jersey until Saturday...Jump to full entry
Apr 6, 2015 - Key West, Florida
4-6-15 Cruise Day 3, Key West, FL We landed at Key West around 9AM. I watched the dock crew of four grab the lines from the ship pulling progressively larger rope until they tied off two six or eight inch ropes to giant cleats on the landing pier. Pretty cool. I went and got Julie out of bed to get some breakfast before going ashore. We had secured a shore excursion called the “Key West Old Town Trolley” which is an open air bus that takes you on a talking tour of the island with knowledgeable and entertaining drivers. You are able to hop...Jump to full entry
Mar 31, 2015 - Florida Keys
The Florida Keys We arrived Sunday afternoon after taking the only road to the Keys, U.S. Highway 1 also known as the Overseas Highway. It's 105 miles total to Key West and we're 35 miles shy of there. We're are camping on Big Pine Key 75 miles in at the Big Pine Key Fishing Camp. We have a 200' foot walk to the water. Nice sites but narrow lanes to get into the sites, but Mary did it first time in. She impressed the other trailer campers who paid $15 to have the campground use their equipment to back them in. Way to go Mary! Sand beaches...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2015 - Key West - Latitudes on Sunset key
We were told about Sunset Key and the Latitudes Restaurant, our friends said the food was delicious, well they were not wrong, we split a Grouper sandwich and it was the best we have had since being in the Keys, the view was outstanding. Latitudes and the guest cottages are owned by the Westin Resort on Mallory Square. The rest of the key is populated with private homes, the lots went for $1million and Madonna has a home here.Jump to full entry
Feb 24, 2015 - Key West - Mallory Square
We walked around Mallory Square and saw some very nice sculptures and like the last time we were here in 2009, we had a cigar and Mojito at El Mason De Pepe's Cigar bar and restaurant. We enjoyed watching the street performers (two guys balancing themselves on a very tall ladder, jugglers who tossed sharp swords between them will balancing themselves on a board on a roller and while playing a song on a harmonica and a woman who did a hula-hop that was on fire.Jump to full entry