The winds calmed down some in the mooring field, so we decided to take the dinghy to Key West. As long as Dave was careful, we didn’t get sprayed much with sea water.
We passed some great sights, such as a boat some really nice people left for the cormorants to roost on.
The entrance to the Key West City Marina and Dinghy Dock was beautiful.
And, while we waited for Dave to register us for the mooring field and dinghy dock, I noticed that most of the fishing charter boats were docked to considerately provide pelican roosts. What a bird-friendly community, huh?
After going from boat to dinghy to bus and then walking along Duval Street, of course our first stop was at Jimmy Buffett’s first Margaritaville location. Dave had a stowaway in his backpack and Red joined us on our adventures through town. We learned that Jimmy Buffett was in town a couple days earlier and he stopped in to Margaritaville for lunch. He didn’t perform, though, and hasn’t performed there in 8 years. I think he’s overdue and should comply while Dave is in town.
Red did get a little carried away after her third margarita.
And finally, Red rocks out at Willie T’s, where we saw the dollar pictured at the top of the page.
Anyway, while we listened to one of the band members synthesizing his voice to a Peter Frampton song, it started to rain and we tucked in tight under an umbrella. The band was good and fun to listen to, but there are so many great places in Key West to visit.
We only skimmed by Sloppy Joe’s. We’ll have to go in there and Hog’s Breath next time we go ashore. Last time we visited Key West, we had a blast at Hog’s breath. Of course, we had been drinking all day and Dave decided to perform some of his crazy antics. I’ll have to take a video if we get a repeat performance! This picture shows the sky turning gray and, indeed, the rain was picking up.
Key West is famous for all the chickens roaming freely about the island. They were brought over by the Cubans and have obviously flourished. Most people like them and want them protected but there are always haters. Roosters, like this colorful guy, can be very noisy. It was getting near sunset, so we walked to the pier to see the Cat Man, but by the time we arrived, the wind kicked up and the rain was coming down in earnest. We figured there would be no show involving cats in these conditions. Not only that but we started to worry about our dinghy ride back to the boat. It was a long trip and likely to be wet. By the time we arrived at the dinghy, the wind was blowing steady and the rain was constant. We knew the ride would be wet, but as we rounded the corner out of the channel, we realized the entire ride was head into the wind and waves. We got drenched beyond drenched, froze in the wind and wet, and swallowed enough salt water to think very hard before leaving the boat again. We all stripped out of our sopping clothes and headed straight to the showers.
Today is windy, blowing 18 knots steady plus gusts. We aren’t going anywhere! Dave decided it is a video game kind of day. Mom decided to start a crochet project. I am going to do some clean up and baking, probably chocolate chip cookies and Heath bar cookies. I’d love to give some to the nice man who came out in the rough water in his dinghy to help us tie up to the mooring! The wind looks like it is going to be bad for the next week. We are not sure when we are going to be able to proceed to the Bahamas. Jeff and Jean at Two Can Sail informed us that the swells and waves in the Gulf Stream were insane and not crossable. Polar vortex affecting Florida? Apparently.