Archive of Florida Keys

Rendezvouing with Sea Gator in Marathon

on April 4th, 2012 in EAST COAST:, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

When I was in the planning stages of putting together our book, Women On Board Cruising, an acquaintance introduced me via email to Pat Erhman, a long-distance cruiser, along with her husband Rick on their boat, Sea Gator. I was so happy for the introduction because Pat and I corresponded…

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The Route Less Taken – Key West to Marathon

on April 1st, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

When leaving Key West by water, heading east to Marathon, there are two Intracoastal Waterways (ICW) route choices. There is the un-obstructed, direct route of Hawk Channel which runs parallel to the Keys and cuts into Florida Bay at Marathon. Hawk Channel is somewhat protected from the coral reefs that…

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Goodbye to Stock Island

on March 29th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Time to move on, but we were a little sad to leave Key West Harbour and Stock Island. It was a great month, we met a lot of neat people, met up with some friends we hadn’t seen in awhile and had good weather. What more could anyone ask for?…

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Last Walk Around – Key West

on March 29th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

One last walk around Key West before we start heading north up the Keys, through Florida and finally home to Michigan. Key West is a visual delight… We met Anne and Hank, Queen Anne’s Revenge, on our second Great Loop boat trip. We were happy to see them again and…

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Stock Island Stay

on March 28th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

We can’t say enough good things about Key West Harbour, on Stock Island. Our second stay here, for the month of March, was ideal. Great slip right by the tiki hut on the outer rim, open air showers under the hut and a spot to enjoy happy hour under the…

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Mission Foiled – Marquesas Keys

on March 25th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Just for you Rob! We left Key West Harbour early in the morning – with calmer waters and clear skies forecasted, we thought it was time for a little excursion to the Marquesas Keys. The Marquesas sit 18 nautical miles west of Key West and are uninhabited. Our thoughts were that it…

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Better Than Sex?

on March 21st, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

On this particular day we had had a huge lunch a our favorite Cuban restaurant, El Caney, on Stock Island, later that afternoon, we drove to downtown Key West to take a long walk and watch the sunset. We really weren’t hungry for a dinner, but we thought maybe we’d…

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Bringing Home the Shrimp – Stock Island

on March 20th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Not only did the fishermen “bring home the shrimp,” but we also brought it home, to the boat that is. Freshly caught shrimp for dinner tonight, what could be nicer? Fresh seafood all within a mile of the marina. Fishbusterz usually has a full array of fish and shellfish available….

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The Charlevoix Gang Converges on Key West

on March 19th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

We’re all dock mates from our long-time homeport of Charlevoix, Michigan (the only people missing is our dear harbormaster, Hal and his wife Mary Ann). Although we have not been back to Charlevoix by boat for many years the friendships have endured. Our first get-together this winter was hosted by…

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A Favorite Haunt – Stock Island Lobster Co.

on March 16th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

One of our favorite haunts this winter was the Stock Island Lobster Co., just a short walk from our marina. Unfortunately the whole month of March was very windy and the boats did not get out to get their catch like they, and we, would have liked. Some days they…

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Tropical & Eccentric Key West

on March 14th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Not only does it boast a colorful, tropical splendor but Key West is a little unconventional with its kooky signs and unusual, creatively painted or put together, bikes and vehicles. Here is something new we saw in Key West this year. Not sure what to call it but doesn’t it…

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Dock Fever – Visiting the “Flats”

on March 9th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Ever since we arrived for our month-long stay, it’s been very windy and this has inhibited our plans to explore the surrounding area of Key West by boat; we were getting itchy to push away from the dock. We’re usually not interested in taking random boat rides, so when we…

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Another Turtle is Born

on March 7th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TURTLES by | Comments

We met up with our friend Rick at A & B Marina, in Key West and a few days later we inducted him into the Turtle club.      

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Unloading Shrimp

on March 6th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

During our walk to the fish market ,on Stock Island this morning, we watched a shrimp boat unloading its fresh catch. From the looks of it they made a good haul.

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Mother Nature’s Tropical Artwork

on March 2nd, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys by | Comments

Our first walk in Key West produced these beautiful tropical flowers (they had fallen below the tree just as you see them here). Apparently they are from a Pink Bombax, Shaving-Brush Tree, this deciduous tree is native to tropical Mexico. The tree is mostly leafless this time of year, better to see…

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United States’ Most Southern Destination, Key West, Florida

on March 1st, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

After three grueling days in the boat yard, we arrived at our most southern destination for our winter 2012 boating season, Key West; well, Stock Island actually, one island up from KW. We’ll be docked for a month at Key West Harbour. Stock Island is close enough to Key West…

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Boat Yard Blues – Part Two

on February 29th, 2012 in Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, MODIFICATIONS & UPGRADES TO KISMET, Ranger Tug, TRAILERABLE TRAWLERS :, TWEETS: by | Comments

I am truly in the swing of things on day two in the boat yard. The good news is the On & Off product helped de-wax the hull, one of the steps needed to properly prepare the hull for bottom paint. Next, and it was probably overkill, I applied acetone…

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Mah Jongg Crazy

on February 26th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

After the AGLCA Sunset Celebration came to a close, Cheryll (above-left) and Jess (above-right) and I decided we still had plenty of evening left to play a few games of Mah Jongg in the boater’s lounge while the guys watched TV. I always carry a miniature game on board in…

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2012 Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration”

on February 26th, 2012 in AGLCA – Great Loop Group, BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

The 2012, Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration” was a huge success with over 120 in attendance. It was a little windy (not a problem for Loopers) – lots of good food was shared along with a chance to reacquaint ourselves with old friends. Thanks Patricia & George Hospodar for organizing the…

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Tug Nuts Reunite in Marathon

on February 25th, 2012 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

Just a few days before our week-long visit at the Harbour Cay Club in Marathon came to an end, Mike and Jess (below-middle), on Illusions (shown above) and Rich and Cheryll (below-right), on Roam (both couples own Ranger Tugs) joined us and before we knew it, we were having a mini Ranger Tug…

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Bridge Walk – Seven-Mile Bridge

on February 24th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

We got up early this morning to do a four-mile walk on the Seven-Mile Bridge, two miles out and two back. It’s a fun walk, we almost always see some aquatic life in the water below while walking. Today we saw several stingrays. The Seven-Mile Bridge is a famous bridge…

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Happy Hour Special – Stone Crabs at Keys Fisheries

on February 24th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Amazing as it seems, Jim and I have never tried stone crab claws, so, off we go for the well known happy hour at Keys Fisheries Restaurant in Marathon. This is a good way to try this seafood special at a great price and we love the atmosphere. We’ve been…

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Dining in the Keys with Crew of Chip Ahoy

on February 22nd, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Dinner in the marina tonight with friends Scott and Cyndi Perkins, on Chip Ahoy. It’s always a pleasure to bump into this couple whom we met on our first Great Loop boat trip in 2006. Also from Michigan, Scott and Cyndi sail down Florida’s West Coast to the Keys every…

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2012 MTOA Gathering in Marathon

on February 22nd, 2012 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, EAST COAST:, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, MTOA – Marine Trawler Owners' Assoc., TWEETS: by | Comments

Another fun party in Marathon. Ken Chumley, on Mosey, organized the 2012 MTOA Gathering on the docks of Sombrero Dockside Marina (same spot as our Tuesday night pot luck a few days ago). It was a good time with lots of food and conversation. Lorenzo (Little David), Lisa, Ellen and…

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Tuesday Night Pot Luck – 1 Palm Tree Court

on February 21st, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Tuesday night was the first of three boat parties this week in Marathon. It will be followed by an MTOA get-together on Wednesday night (same spot as tonight – on the docks at Sombrero Dockside Marina) and a Looper Sunset Celebration at Banana Bay Marina on Sunday night. The 1…

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Initiating More Turtles

on February 17th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

Jim couldn’t wait to initiate Louis and Robert into the Turtle Club (below). Remember the post we made while in Tarpon Springs, when Ed initiated us into the club, Turtles Inc.? So if you happen to see Louis or Robert don’t forget to ask them, “Are you a turtle?” We…

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Arriving at Harbour Cay Club

on February 16th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA: by | Comments

We are ultimately on our way to Key West but we’re stopping in Marathon for a week to visit with a group of Looper friends who are staying at Sombrero Dockside. Last year when we brought a friend’s boat down to Key West for him we found out about this…

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