|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.
||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.
||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
||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
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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
|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