Gary and I have a lot to be thankful for this year with the most recent being good weather and calm seas for our arrival in Key West. While we never sail to a schedule, there were several reasons we needed to be here by November 25th a little earlier than planned. We had a lot of miles still to cover after Ft Pierce to make that happen so we needed to get moving. After getting delayed a day to fix the generator which stopped working again, we navigated through the craziness of Ft Lauderdale and Miami, sailed through the calm waters of Key Biscayne and stopped off in Key Largo for the night.
At the crack of dawn the next morning we were off for Marathon 50 nm away. We were worried about a few shallow spots along the ICW, but we had plenty of water the whole time. After almost eight hours we pulled into Marathon hungry but as usual Gary found us a nice local spot with good food and cold beer. Just like traveling by car, I’m driving while he is figuring out where we will eat and drink when we arrive. This bar actually had a track of hard ice where you could set your drink of choice to keep it cold. I kid you not.
The winds were up a bit the next morning so we delayed leaving for an hour to let them calm a bit since we would be going from the bay side of the keys to the ocean side for our trip to Key West. It ended up to be a beautiful day on the water with calm seas and a gentle breeze. I had forgotten how blue the water is here in the keys and our sail brought us back to our days sailing in open water on Sereno.
We are going to hang in the keys until at least mid January before starting to head north again at a much slower pace. No reason to rush back to the cold, right!