March 8th was a day loaded with administrivia at the dock with N basically spending all day on the computer and phone taking care of various things related to our compromised Visa card and other family matters.
March 9th dawned bright albeit breezy, but after a few days at the same dock it was time to go. When you’re on a multi-thousand-mile boat trip you find yourself looking for ways to entertain yourself en route beyond the usual. Yesterday was such a day! We had ordered some parts to be delivered to our friends Kendall and Laura, but the parts arrived after we’d left. What to do? How about meeting up about eight miles off-shore for a handoff. Cool project! Kendall and Laura were going fishing so we agreed to rendezvous by boat. Kendall radioed coordinates and we found Kendall and Laura way out there. How cool is that? The seas were really bad so absolutely no hope of getting close in mammoth waves.
Kendall first tossed us a bag of key limes from his garden for practice and then he threw us our package which Barb caught in our fish net. Truth be told, B was a little pissed about the whole thing saying it was dangerous, blah, blah, blah because it WAS pretty rough. We did take a lot of spray over the boat, but nothing “dangerous”. Speaking of tossin’, B and Z blew chow again, but that’s boatin’ with this team.
After our exhilarating off shore adventure we headed to a calm little anchorage to relax before deciding we’d fuel up at the Ocean Reef Club!
Let’s face it, they don’t get many Bayliner’s in there! Didn’t matter…we’re burnin’ gas and they’re sellin’ it so we were welcomed in by a young gas dock attendant wearing crisp khaki shorts, and a white collared shirt with epaulettes with three gold bars. You don’t see gas dock attendants like that in the northwest!
After gassing up we headed a bit further north to Adams Key to anchor for the night. It was a cool spot and we were the only ones there, but maybe that was because the current was ripping. Didn’t matter to us. We have our anchor oversized for the boat so drop it in and swing!
Today we had to head back south to where’d we’d left the day before. We had to pick up another package. This time it was a new credit card to replace the one shutdown by the bank for weird charges a few days ago. Major hassle, but it’s amazing how you can get basically anything sent to you anywhere within a couple of days!
Not sure what our float plan is now. We have to tread water until March 23rd when we fly home for a week. Bimini is close, but we can’t take a chance of the weather stranding us over there and forcing us to miss our flight. We’ll probably head back down the Keys and just goof around before stopping in Miami to get some work done and fly home.