We left the shores of Marathon at 8 am on the dot. Traveled back under the 7 mile bridge and continued through crystal clear blue green waters to our anchorage for the day and night at
Johnston Key, instead of going straight to Key West. Shaun fished, I painted, did some housework and took a swim. We had grilled shrimp, had a bottle of wine, counted the stars and fell into bed at 9. It was a gorgeous anchorage and as per usual (and what we truly love) is we were all alone underneath the midnight sky.
We left at around 9 for Key West. We could literally see it through the islands from where we were anchored, but had to go the long way around through the channel to get there which takes about 3 or 4 hours. We plan to be on the ball in the City Marina here so that we can see to our dinghy repair and we are expecting very high winds over the next few days. Better to be safely tucked up on the inside. We tied up with difficulty as the mooring ball loop was at sea level. Shaun had to come down from the helm (and leave the boat unmanned) to help me launch my light little dinghy over the side. I had to climb down into it, boat still running and walked my way along Happy Wife holding onto the side of the hull to the ball at the bow to put our ropes through by hand. It was a bit hair raising but we got it done, fortunately without mishap.
We immediately made our way to shore to meet the guy who would fix the dinghy holes while we went to the Conch Republic for a late lunch. With 3 sides open, 2 to the marina, it's the best place to sit and watch the world go by. We found an ATM to draw cash to pay for the repairs and made our way to West Marine for parts for Shaun to change out the water pump which will work more effectively than the one have. The dinghy repair was soon complete and we came back to Happy Wife for the evening. Key West has some of the most spectacular sunsets but we figured we'd leave Mallory Square for tomorrow night (the best place for viewing that holds a celebration of the suns leaving every day) After all, we have some stellar ones ourselves when out all alone!
After a relaxed and slow morning onboard, we took our bikes to shore to make our way around the island. We will be stuck here for a few days because we are expecting high winds for quite some time.
We strolled around taking pictures, stopped at West Marine for another small part and had lunch at Schooner Wharf Bar. Cycled up to Winn Dixie for some groceries and back on board before the winds got up even more.