If you were proned to be a worrier, (that's not me, but I have Susie) we were in a target rich environment for that. Most of the things, though, were out of our control (like sea state and weather) and for the others we hoped our experience and planning would get us through.
|Art Deco in Miami|
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|The old becomes new again|
|South Beach Speed or Age Limit?|
My summary of South Beach is "Old Buildings and Young People". The Art Deco style buildings were everywhere, and most of them were in tip top shape, painted in playful colors and adorned with the art of the times. So were the people. I noticed that the speed limit and the age limit were about the same. I promise, I didn't see anyone, ANYONE, over 30.
|South Beach business attire|
|Our first stop in the Keys........food|
|Susie at Snappers in Key Largo|
|Lazy Days waterfront restraurant in Marathon|
1. install pad-eye on mast
2. install spinnaker pole holder
3. clean and wash boat in and out
4. work on holding tank problem
5. change both fuel filters & purge lines
6. get groceries and supplies
7. clean bottom and prop
8. install L.E.D. navigation lights
When we turned in the rental car, symbolically, we realized that we were sailors again. Marathon is like a retirement village of sailors. The Municipal Marina has about 300 mooring balls that are full of boats from all over the world, and not a soul was under 30. I didn't see ANYONE under 30!
However, Marathon has lots of good restaurants 'cause old folks love to eat. Side note: we have spent more on food than on diesel fuel, and we started in Lake Erie. We have eaten our way South.
|Quinn killing a burger at Burdines in Marathon|
3/26/2012 0600. Up and at 'um. Depart Marathon, Burdines Marina, at 0700. We see the sunrise at 0728 as we are entering Hawk Channel.
|Leaving Burdines at daybreak|
|Sunrise over the East Atlantic|
|Susie enjoying perfect sailing day|
to Key West
|The Pennant clinging on to the mast |
after it came off the PigStick
|Hard at work|
Now, for those of you who think that sailing is a lot of work, it is, and I have captured a picture of Quinn hard at work sailing the boat to Key West.
|OneEighty at anchor|
|OneEighty docked at Westin Hotel Marina, Key West|
|Arriving Key West,|
6000 passengers ahead of us
|Westin Hotel and Museum, Duvall Street|
| Quiet slip at A&B Marina, |
close to waterfront restaurants
The A&B Marina has all of the facilities we wanted, nice clean showers, close restaurants, good WiFi, and of course, great sunsets. This harbor is well protected and we had no waves in the marina for 4 nights. Now that we had the boat secure as our floating hotel, we could hit the streets and explore. Key West has lots to see, and of course we see much from the water's perspective since we don't have a car. We cruised the harbor's perimeter and saw the hotels, shops, the Navy and Coast Guard stations, and got a fix on where the best restaurants were.....that were in walking distance.
|Key West Sunset.|
|Quinn and Helen at sunset |
at Mallory Square
Of course we have pictures of the Key West Sunset from Mallory Square, but we also took walking tours down Duvall and Whitehall streets seeing many of the famous sites, museums and chickens. We really enjoyed the Mel Fisher muesuem and saw many of the artifacts of the wreck of the Atocha. For anyone who ever dreamed of finding a sunken treasure, this is a story that you would find very exciting. The Atocha was a Spanish galleon headed from Cuba to Spain with a "motherlode" of gold and silver, and was caught in the hurricane of 1622. Susie has a coin necklace made from the silver that was found in that wreck.
|Silver Bars from the Atocha that were used as ballast|
|Key West Hotel and restaurant|
|Banyon Tree Hotel|
|Ernest Hemingway's House|
We stayed in Key West about a week, then on Friday evening Susie and Helen rented a car and drove to Miami and flew home Saturday morning. Quinn and I stayed one more night at the marina, and on Saturday morning we fueled up, paid the slip rental, loaded supplies and filled our water tanks before we headed West to the Dry Tortugas, an island 70 miles to the West of Key West.