After our usual morning routine, we left Bahia Honda to continue southwesterly along the non-Gulf (ie Atlantic side) of the islands toward the bottom of the Keys. We spontaneously stopped at a really cute tiny little island that had about 20 boats most of which were anchored in 3 feet of water just off the shore—clearly there for some beach fun in the water and sun. We couldn’t resist.
We left our unartistic/nearly illegible mark among others’ marks…but it’s there so if you make it to Picnic Island, take a picture of it and let us know!
We encountered our roughest seas yet with wind and big waves off the southern tip of the Keys—in fact, the worst we’ve encountered. No picture does that roughness justice…and besides…we were too busy in the critical moments to try and snap…BUT happy to say no “tossin’ cookies” on this trip—probably because we only hung in there for an hour before deciding to modify the float plan: skipped a night at anchor at a sought after sand bar (Snipe Point) and headed straight in to Key West and found another high-end dockage at A and B Marina in the heart of town:
We spent a couple of nights in Key West in fine company:
See::: Christopher Peterson as Lucy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIPb1OMTZ0Q
A bike ride the next day to the farther side of the Key got us:
And a few blocks further on the bikes got us to….:
Really bad weather approaching in the next few days so got up early to try to beat the start of the wind and waves for our 70 mile trek northward to Marathon….but, alas, Mother Nature woke up earlier than we did:
Made it to Blue Fin Marina in Marathon by noon. Best gas mileage yet! Yay! Not sure if it is the additive we dumped in at the last fill-up or the ‘following’ seas we had that gave us some helpful pushes…or both? Ok, off for a stroll and a swim….