Sea Base: Food!
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Packing away the massive amount of food into bins and into the trailers took a couple of hours!  It was also the boy's first exposure to the effective leadership style of Stephanie and Kelly.  Above are copies of the provisions list, showing what we brought along with us.  We certainly were not left wanting!  Everybody chipped in, and things could not have gone smoother.
 




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After getting everything packed onto the Jolly II Rover, we were about to make lunch when the crew of the Fury (next to us at the dock) called over. They explained that they'd cancelled their afternoon cruise, and offered us all of their food at no cost. They certainly didn't have to ask twice.

  We filled ourselves with fried chicken, cold cut sandwiches, and salads.  Great people, and the 2nd time strangers were generous to the scouts for food (the first being at LaGuardia with pizza).

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Cooking on the ship was pretty straight forward.  The meals were already planned out, and Evan had written up a roster of assignments before we left Sea Base.

On the upper rear deck, one set of seats would raise up to provide access to propane stoves, suitable for nearly all of our cooking needs.  And if that wasn't enough, there was also a gas grill we could use to cook the burgers, grilled chicken, and steaks.

Mr. Mojave had the honor of serving as the ship's chaplain, and gave grace before every meal (and a dandy job he did).






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Wednesday we had shore leave on Key West.  After spending an afternoon poking around town in various groups, we re-gathered at the Half Shell Raw Bar where we had reservations for the 19 of us.

In addition to whatever everybody ordered on their own, we also shared 3-4 buckets of steamed clams!

Life is good!

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"Happy Spoon" is the term for eating the final few bites of a meal so there is less to clean up.  Remember, a scout is thrifty.  :-)

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  Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sat At home Sandwiches on the road, courtesy of Delta Pizza at LaGuardia airport
Sun Free breakfast at the Marriott Stuff from gas station along the route Pulled pork & vegs with chocolate cake
Mon Eggs, etc Fried chicken and cold cuts aboard the Fury Chicken fajitas
Tue Breakfast burritos Grilled chicken sandwiches Salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy
Wed Cereal, pop tarts, fruit Sandwiches, etc, on the dock at Key West Sea food dinner at Raw Half Shell
Thu French toast and sausage Cold cut sandwiches and mac & cheese Burgers & salad & leftovers
Fri Pancakes & ham & cheese scrambled eggs Toasted cheese sandwiches and more mac & cheese Big steak dinner with mashed taters & vegs
Sat Dry breakfast with fruit Lunch in town during shore leave (most ate key lime pie) Luau: crab cakes, mahi-mahi- pulled pork, key lime pie
Sun Cereal and fruit at Sea Base Everybody on their own at LaGuardia At home (at last!)

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I almost forgot.  It turns out that the week immediately prior to our trip, one of the T14 Alumni scouts (who shall remain nameless) had his 21st birthday.  So, on Wednesday after leaving the scouts in the good hands of the crew, some of us went back into Key West to visit a quiet little place to enjoy some peanuts.