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Dunnellon Trail

First of all, I am way behind on posting.
On May 17th we took off to the Dunellen Trail. This was a nice, but short (about 2.5 miles) ride; worth the trip. I took some great pictures and this is what I wanted to share today. What better subjects than what we see on our journeys.

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The Marquesas Keys

English: Map of Marquesas Keys, Florida.
English: Map of Marquesas Keys, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After leaving Key West we headed to the Marquesas Keys.  This gem of an island is worth the day trip.  It was a little unnerving at first due to getting around the shallows (also known as the quicksands).  We came upon the west side which was absolutely beautiful, however it was so shallow that anchorage would have been impossible.  The water was so crystal clear that you could watch the blades of grass sway with the current.  A turtle was spotted not far from our boat, a sight always worth seeing.  Unfortunately we had to move to the south side of the island.  I say unfortunately but truthfully that side was just as gorgeous.  Again it was somewhat shallow but not as bad as the west side.  There was another boat (a power boat) anchored near the shore.  A bunch of young guys were enjoying the clear water and the cool evening.  After they left we were the only humans there.  Jim figured it was a good spot to anchor.

The boat floated just at the surface of the grass, rocking gently on the soft ground.  Jim was not concerned because once we were ready to leave he would simply bring up the center board,start the motor and go.  ( It did work by the way.)  The gentle rocking was a different feeling then we normally feel and made for great sleep.

The scenery was amazing.  It surprised us with its size.  Much bigger than we expected.  Also we call it a Key or an Island but it is made up of many little and bigger islands or land masses. Because it was late we didn’t dinghy to shore, but dreamed of meandering through the many channels.  One day perhaps.  We contented ourselves with watching the fish in the grasses below, the birds above,  and enjoying the immense quiet.  This is not a key like Key West but a tropical solitude.  This is where civilization ended for us and was not missed.

Rain, Rain, Rain

Its raining. Its still raining. Its still raining and is continuing to rain. When its not raining it is threatening to rain. (Can you tell we’re getting a lot of rain?)

We are stuck here in Marathon, waiting to see what the weather is going to do. apparently, there is a low front over Mexico’s Yucatan (sp?) and another over the lower Florida peninsula that they are watching to see if they combine into a tropical depression. In the mean time we are in the middle of both and the weather doesn’t know what it wants to do. Occasionally a small patch of blue sky forms just long enough to give us hope, but then disappears like a bad joke leaving rain.

One of the nice things about a sailboat is that its like a cocoon, in that the weather can be nasty outside but inside you are safe and warm steamy hot. It slowly cooks you until you finally don’t care if its raining, frustrated you go outside anyway to get cooled off. (Oops, Cabin fever must be setting in!) We have decided to hangout here until we get a couple of good days and can head to Key West.  Kaelin has been having a good time. yesterday we visited the Turtle Hospital and he got to see the turtles up close and feed them. Today we ventured to Tilden’s Dive shop where I purchased a new dive mask and fins. While we were out, the Hurricane Bar and Restaurant seemed an apropos location to have lunch and wait out ….more rain.  Lunch ws pretty good and it rained like crazy. Lesa and I figured the weather gods must have decided to live up to the Hurricane name since we were in the Hurricane Bar.

When we returned to the dinghy to go to the boat, the Dinky Dan had gallons of water in him, so he had to be bailed out. It may not sound like much of a job, but you try emptying your bathtub one cupfull at a time and see how it feels!

Wish us luck, and please do a rain dance where ever you are (hopefully it will pull the rain clouds away from here!) 

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