Monday, May 18, 2015

Moving to Key Largo

Glory Days has a new home: Key Largo!

The trip was FANTASTIC!!!!
We did Miami to Ocean Reef on Saturday afternoon.
Departed Key Biscayne at 4pm and arrived in Ocean Reef at 7:45pm.
PERFECT NIGHT sleep.
Another Mainship followed us there hoping we had some "local knowledge"...ha!
Key Largo is a VERY LONG island and the nicest surprise was that the water actually changes from clear green to a beautiful blue as soon as you reach the area closest to the marina.
Lots of little islands and clear blue waters with white sandy bottom: Paradise!
Here is a quick photo log of the trip:

Leaving Miami

Into the shallow green yonder!


That's US1 going into Key Largo

Under US1 - Arriving at Gilberts

Famous Gilberts!

Leaving Blackwater Sound - Passing our FURTHEST TRIP SOUTH
New record for MP and FP!!!

Local racers

Buttonwood Sound

Leaving Buttonwood Sound - See the water color change ahead??

Look at this!

Highway in the Ocean - The ICW

The water on our new sailing area!

Off to some exploration - windy but beautiful!


Hello my little friends!

Not fancy, but very nice people and very comfortable!
Glory's new home!




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Manatee in the Marina

We hired Fettuccini (yes - that's his name) to scrape the barnacles off the bottom of the boat.  While he was in the water a young manatee came over to play.  The manatee let Fettuccini scratch his back. 




Return to Hoffman's Cay

We went back to Hoffman's on a calm day to anchor for a couple of days.  We had to go in on a rising tide. On our way there, we were 15 minutes early and got stuck momentarily. 

 
JR walked around to find the deeper water, using his body as the unit of measurement.  Chest high was deep enough
 

 
Then he pushed the boat out of the sand towards the deeper water LIKE THE SUPERHERO HE IS!!!
 
 

  
 

 
Anchorage at Hoffman's Cay
 
Can you see the dolphin?
 


Dinner at Carriearl

There is one hotel here, the Carriearl.  A bunch of us had dinner and drinks there.  The setting is gorgeous!  www.carriearl.com  JR had the pizza, I had the fish.





Sunday, March 8, 2015

Around the marina and island



The difference between low and high tide is 2 1/2 to 3 feet.  At low tide, it can be easier for us to climb on the flybridge from the dock rather than the deck, as JR demonstrates. 
 
Calm winds mean a beach day!  Here is John apricating.
 

 
This is the grocery store we ride our bikes to.
 

Which one is the plantain?
 
 



Epic trip to Hoffman's Cay and Little Harbour

Yesterday we rented a Boston Whaler with the Texans (see previous posts) and spent the day exploring small cays. 



Click on this link to see where we went:  https://share.delorme.com/JohnRyan

 
I didn't bring a camera, so I'll post Sandra's excellent pics.  We swam in the Blue Hole on Hoffman's Cay. 

 
We'd never seen anything like it! John jumped from this high ledge 15 feet above the water.  I jumped from a lower rock to avoid any "swimsuit malfunctions".  The water had a high salt content, which made us float almost on top of the water, and was so deep we couldn't see the bottom.
 


Then we went snorkeling near Devil's Cay
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Discarded conch shells at Little Harbour Cay
Nurse Shark
 
We saw a giant turtle, a couple of sharks, a sting ray, and lots of conch shells.  John caught a small fish from the boat and kept it on the line as bait.  A giant shark took the fish, the lure, and the line weight!

When we got back to the marina, Olive came over and spied on us through the hatches.