Sea Base: Day by Day
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Here's a rough breakdown of our trip...
 
Saturday
Aug 4th
2012
Left homes at 3:30am to catch 6:00 flight out of Syracuse. That didn't work out. In vans and riding to LaGuardia by 9:00am. Arrived LGA at 2:00pm.  Pizza at airport.  7:45 flight. Arrived at hotel 11:30pm. Ian an Brendan worked out at hotel gym. Most folks asleep by 12:30. Long day.
Sunday Breakfast and morning swims at hotel. 10:30am shuttle combo to take us to Sea Base. Greeted by Stephanie. EASY check-in process. Swim test.  Snorkel training. Pulled pork for dinner. Mr. Pratt dominated at table tennis. Goonies shown in the rec area.  Lights out by 10:00. Great weather.
Monday Big rains during the night.  Awake by 7:00.  Breakfast.  Loaded food and gear into trailor.  Began driving (two vans) at 10:00.  Terrifying storm en route. Rain was on/off/on/off. One hour to load the boat. Lunch courtesy of boat next to us on dock. 3:00 left the dock. Great winds, so started sailing right away.  Went swimming at 5:45.  Used rope and gang plank. 8:00 dinner (chicken fajitas).  In "bed" on deck by 10:00.
Tuesday Slight rain at 4:30am; people moved around. Most awake by 7:00. Breakfast burritos. Back at Key West dock by 9:20 to pick up bait. 10:15 - back to sea.  Approx 5 hour ride to Boca Grande; very exciting waters.  Grilled chicken sandwiches for lunch. Saw dolphins.  Snorkeled next to shore. Saw stingray, jellyfish, and crabs. Cast away from island 5:30.  Dinner of Salisbury steaks, mashed taters, and vegs. Fished for more bait.  Used bait for sharks. Watched "Around Cape Horn".  First night of anchor watches. Very windy night... all used cover of some sort.
Wednesday Up around 7:00. Some slept great... some not so much. Cereal, pop-tarts & fruit for breakfast.  Motored back to Key West; hit port by 11:00. Some showered.  Into town by 12:30 or so as 3-4 groups.  Saw any/all of the following: shipwreck museum / Mel Fischer museum / toy shop & magic show / Harry Truman's "little whitehouse" / Pepe's for key lime pie / the beach (with "the view") / chocolate covered key lime pie on a stick.  Rejoined to have sea food dinner at Raw Half Shell.  Went into town for evening sunset show at Mallory Square.  Watched spray pain artist.  Gave him money.  Saw insane man with trained house cats(!) and other street performers.  Watched 3 Stooges.  Mostly in bed by 12:00.
Thursday Awoke at dock around 7:00am. French toast and sausage for breakfast. Set sail. Snorkled at reef. Cold cut sandwiches and mac&cheese for lunch. Sailed to new location.  Snorkeled at ship wreck and random swimming. Cannon fight with Lady, Adirondack III, and Yankee from Sea Base. Anchored for night. Burgers & salad & leftovers for dinner. Slight rain, twice. Watched Little Rascals and Fawlty Towers. Surrounded by storms, but none hit us. Fished for more shark bait.
Friday 2:30 am catch of shark(!).  JK had morning staring contest with a sea gull.  Everybody up by 7.  Pancakes & eggs, ham, & cheese.  Sailed back near first reef spot for more snorkeling.  Much better view.  Saw shark, jellfish, yellowtail, barracuda, Christmas tree worms, lobster, etc.  Mac&cheese with toasted cheese sandwiches for lunch. Caught barracuda while trawling.  Joined 100 Fathom Club.  Sailed to anchor spot over another shipwreck! Swam and snorkeled in rain with visible lightning. Big thunderstorm for 45 minutes, then double rainbow!  Steak & taters with mushrooms & gravy for dinner.  Watched The Bounty.
Saturday Late start; up around 8.  Dry breakfast.  Back at dock by 9:30.  Cleaned and unloaded boat.  Done by 10:30.  Said good bye to captains Rhon and Jenny.  Shore leave until 12:15.  Back at Sea Base by 3:00.  Showers, re-packing, re-organizing.  Flags at 5:45.  Skits.  Luau with crab cakes, mahi-mahi, pulled pork, etc.  Mr. Pratt dominated again at ping-pong; sea base record of 23-1.  Various games (tug of war, wrestling, v-ball, silly can game with no apparent rules).  "Captain Ron" shown in rec area.  Lights out by 10:15.
Sunday
August 12
2012
Up at 5:30. Quick breakfast & tearful good byes to Kelly and Stephanie.  Shuttle van to FLL.  Travel without issue all the way back.  Arrived at our respective homes by 5:15.

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