Saturday, March 24, 2018

Key West - An Art Tour and Barry in the Evening

What the tourists see off the boat in Key West - just like any Caribbean town
We do take the weekends off from all boat work and just spend more time enjoying Key West. For today's adventure, we went to the local art gallery that only accepts works from local artists. Some were okay, most were not but Ann still enjoyed seeing their works. I wasn't able to take photos, they were forbidden as they are in most galleries.

Buy a pretty trinket - cheap
So we spent an hour or so browsing. Our next stop was to the tourist section of Key West. It's the area right by where the cruise ships come in. We've talked to friends who frequent cruise ships who complained about stops at Key West. They related that it was just crowded and full of cheap, tourist shops. Well, yeah, that's the case right by the cruise ship docking area. They display what sells which says more about the tourists than Key West. Plus, those on the cruise ships never sample the fine cuisine that Key West has to offer, they all eat on board.

We found an artist in his own shop, beautiful work in metal - Native Colors is the name of the shop
We browsed through the tourist shell shop with shells never seen within a 1000 miles of Key West. Enough of that, we just enjoyed the 78 degree weather with full sun, it was great.

He had dozens of works on display
Our next stop was in a small shop, Native Colors, where we never expected to see anything of value but found a man who made his own sculptures in metal. He burnished the metal surface to show a range of colors. The effects were very beautiful. He doesn't even have a website but does have a Facebook page. They were reasonably priced too.

We wound up with an hour of Barry at BO's Fishwagon, the best way to end the day in Key West
Ann bought a seahorse sculpture for our back porch in New York. We walked back to the boat and had leftovers from our outing at Bien but then found out that Barry Cuda was back from his European trip and playing at BO's Fishwagon tonight. That was a treat we didn't want to miss so Ann and I found a stool and listens to good piano playing for about an hour. What a perfect day in paradise.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dawho River Shallows - An 8 ft MLLW Path

Tonight is a break from my usual Key West posts to focus on one of the shallow areas we will be transiting on our way north in the spring. There are a number of these area but most don't offer an alternative route. It appears that Dawho River does offer a deeper path around the shallows. The article below was posted on the Active Captain Facebook page and is also under "ICW Tips" at the left. As the saying goes, "We'll return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow..."

In the analysis below, I proposed an 8 ft MLLW path through the Dawho River east entrance. Note that I have not personally tested the route for depth so proceed with great caution, preferably at high tide. Let us know your results since an 8 ft MLLW route would be a great benefit to all those transiting the ICW in that area.  I will personally be taking this route in the spring trip northward. Now, let’s look at the analysis supporting the new route.

The east entrance to the Dawho River has a very narrow, shallow channel with current depths down to 5 MLLW in places. The charted channel cannot be followed and to get the 5 MLLW you have to avoid G115 by 450 ft. On March of 2017, the Charleston USACE did a depth survey of the entire area around the channel and it showed an 8 ft MLLW path through the area but it’s far outside the charted channel. The survey is shown below:

USACE survey of 3/16/2017 with grid lines drawn in

Let's look at two detail cutouts of the above chart. The first one is the detail on the eastern end (the entrance when going south) showing the 3 ft MLLW spot right in the middle of the channel! Look at the nice, deep water northward.

Here's the 3 ft spot right in the middle of the channel you would like to avoid
Look at the deep water north  of the channel!
Here's the second detail showing 8 ft MLLW crossing from the deep water (in blue) to the channel following the red line shown in the top most chart with the black lines. Just follow along from the deep blue to the channel in a southwest direction, always staying in the survey area.

Just stay south of the edge of the survey for 8 MLLW, according to the survey chart

The full survey by USACE is linked here, In the chart at the top, I’ve drawn black lines to form a grid connecting the xy coordinates of the chart. They are slanted since the chart is not positioned exactly north up. I drew in an ideal route shown as a red line in the chart. Using the grid, I interpolated the xy coordinates and then used a conversion routine from Earthpoint to convert the xy readings to Lat/Long, which I plotted in Aqua Map. I checked the conversions against several Lat/Long readings along the edge of the USACE chart and they matched so they ought to be correct. Feeling brave? Note that it takes you over land according to the chart below. It’s just like how the red side route first appeared at Fernandina. That route also took you over “land” according to the charts until the charts were later updated

The 8 MLLW route plotted in Aqua Map

 Here’s the same Aqua Map view (see below) but with the same route plotted but with a satellite overlay. You can see that there’s no “land” at waypoint 3 and it looks more like the USACE survey.

Same route, same Aqua Map but with satellite view overlay ( really nice feature of Aqua Map

How about SonarChart? The problem is that the readings revert to chart readings if no one has been through an area. The early Fernandina SonarChart had the same problem and it also showed shallow water where we now pass through with 14 MLLW after the USACE survey.

I didn't plot the route since SonarChart does not import routes but you get the idea
So, what to do? Obviously, we need someone to try out the route, preferably at high tide and with a shallow draft vessel just in case the USACE is all messed up in their readings – but I think they are correct and an 8 MLLW path is there just waiting to be confirmed and taking a load off boaters with deep drafts trying to get through at low tide.

The route can be downloaded at BDawhoX. Let us know if you try it out.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Key West - Scallops tonight

Oh the choices...
There's a fish market nearby that we frequent as often as we can. It's located in Half Shell Raw Bar restaurant. They supply fresh seafood to five local restaurants and we periodically take advantage of their market. Tonight we bought their sea scallops, six apiece but we could have been done with only four each, they were huge. Ann cooked them in a casserole using the recipe, "Awesome Baked Sea Scallops/" and they came out great!

We'll take one of each... Well, just the scallops for tonight
We're taking it easy until next week when we'll swing into action (as much action as we ever do down  here) to get ready for the trip north. First, we have to think about all the things we need to do before we actually do anything. This week was the thinking part. Next week is the doing part. We'll enjoy our time in Key West as long as we can.

It's also the time of starting to watching the weather for a good window to head north. The winds are usually out of the east at this latitude so we look for a reversal of the usual winds and that may take several days to materialize. The route to Marathon, our next stop, is due east, we rather not buck a head wind with the accompanying seas. Now it's wait and watch.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Key West - Cooler days

$450/night if they have a room
Our temperature topped out at 80 yesterday and now we're in for cooler weather, the lower 70's. Ann is enjoying doing her painting while I'm down below doing boat planning stuff for our upcoming trip north. I think I've found a 8 MLLW path through the east entrance to Dawho River where there's only 5 MLLW if you follow the buoyed route. The route is from the survey by USACE of Charleston. As far as I know, no one has ever taken that particular route. It's outside the buoyed channel. When we go north, we'll give it a try. If anyone else wants to try their luck at it, send me a comment below and I'll forward the waypoints. An extra three feet would be a great benefit to those transiting that shallow passage.

Totems? Hotels like these always seem to have this sort of thing around.
Key West is always changing. I snapped a photo of the Marker hotel It's sitting on what used to be a vacant lot when we first starting coming to Key West. The rooms, I'm told, are very nice but they go for $450/night. The hotel occupies most of a city block and it's right next to Schooner Wharf so it's in an ideal location for marina action.

Yesterday I bought 300 ft of 5/8 inch line from West Marine at 40% off their usual list price. They've announced a new policy of not being undersold by anyone, including internet sellers. I guess they've gotten religion because they were losing customers right and left. Now they have a price matching policy which is long overdue. Maybe with that they will become a useful supply store for mariners. They were just too overpriced in the past.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Key West - Cycles and chains

I guess I don't understand, if you're going to buy a motorcycle this elaborate, why not just get a car?
We heard a rumor that there was snow up north and we received regular reports on the progress of the winter storm. We watched the progress on our house cam of the front driveway. It's a good way to watch winter weather, from a distance! We have a friend that keeps the driveway plowed and I think the bill is going to be rather larger than normal with all the storms.

Not to say anything negative, but the heavier the chain the better
for locking down a bike
So we took it all in as we basked in 80 degree weather. March is the dry season down in Key West. There's no bugs in the harbor and not much rain aside from an occasional shower. Key West does an amazing job of keeping the insects at bay. It's the only place we've been down south where you can sit on the back of your boat in the evening and never see even one flying insect. I hear they have a very aggressive policy on enforcing a rule on no standing water. Bird baths are a big no-no around here. The enforcement officers have the freedom to come on your property to make sure there's no breeding area for mosquitoes.

Mallory Square from afar
We still get out in the morning before the heat and take a walk in the afternoon on the shady side of the streets. It's a beautiful place with all the tropical plants. I didn't get over to Mallory Square tonight but the sunset was still pretty.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Key West - A potpourri of performers at Mallory Square

This guy could play that piamo!
With the onset of daylight savings time, I now have time to get over to Mallory Square before the sun sets when take Hoolie out for his evening walk. In addition to watching the sunset, Mallory Square is also famous for its performers. They lay a rope around an area where they perform to mark out a sort of a stage. There's always the ceremonial pot for collecting excess change from the tourists strategically placed for easy accessibility.

Care for a coconut?
Then there's the "patter" to go along with the performance, it wouldn't be the same without it. The acts vary from sword swallowing to fortune telling to just playing a piano some dance to. There's lots of stuff to eat as you would expect but I didn't see alcoholic beverages being served.

I first say this guy 8 years ago!
The big attraction, of course, is the sunset. All the performances halt when that draws near. Everyone looks out to see the sun sink into the ocean. After that, everything starts up again for those that stay around.

Sword Swallowing anyone?
Taking Hoolie through this sea of humanity is an exercise in frustration. He's looking everywhere for his next meal and especially any other dog around, of which there are plenty. So it's a constant tug in all directions, but then he's a dog.It was 80 today, hot weather has arrived. 
Finally, the sun nears the horizon and all activity stops!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Key West - A calm day

Just a walk down a street two blocks away
We decided to take the day off from any boat chores to rest up for the following week. We have two more weeks to go on our Key West adventure. It hardly seems possible that time flies by so quickly! Now I have to start thinking about the things I have to do to get the boat ready for the trip north. However, today was a rest day and we took full advantage of the 79 degree day with full sun and little wind.

Old Town Bakery is the place to go for pastries or just a quick breakfast. We visit them every Sunday morning. They also have excellent breads and we have one in the pantry now that we cut a slice off for lunch everyday. The place is another one of those Key West institutions, it's been there forever.

Orchids in full bloom on the same street, stunning when in person
Our afternoon walks have shifted over from being in the sun for warmth to seeking the shady side of the street due to the sun. Once you're away from the water and the breezes, the southern sun can heat you up in a hurry. The walks are always picturesque with many plants in full bloom, we never tire of the scenery of the walks. Monday is a work day in Key West, such as it is, maybe 1/2 a day, oh drat.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Key West - Matthew leaves for cold weathyer

BO's Fishwagon, unusual as usual. 
Sadly, the time had come for Matthew to return home to the cold north country. He's due back at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island on Monday. We rented a car today for one last tour of Key West with Matt before he had to leave. It was a vintage Key West day with light winds and temps in the high 70's with full sun.

Typical Key West chick magnet
For his last meal in Key West, we went to BO's Fishwagon for one of their famous Grouper sandwiches. They really are excellent but the Grouper is expensive since they don't catch Grouper anymore near Key West. Of course, we had the conch fritters to go with the sandwich, an absolute must in BO's.

Spongers tend to make these things

After dropping Matt off at the airport, we provisioned for the trip north and now we're all set. I have a lot of boat projects to do to get the boat ready, nothing major, just the usual stuff of oil changes, etc. I've already updated my GPX routes with the latest waypoints through the shallows but I'll check the spots again before I leave. Meanwhile, we're just going to enjoy our last two weeks before heading to Marathon where we hope there will finally be an empty mooring.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Key West - No sail today but we visit Mallory Square

Matt was holding Hoolie so he wouldn't get excited but then the boy led his dog over to say "Hi", chaos..
Ahoy! It is I Matt, on day five of Camp Fleetwing. Due to the wind deciding to pack up and quit today I was not able to go out and sail but believe it or not it was still a great day. After waking up at the unthinkable time of 9 but not actually getting out of bed until 12ish, I made myself a corned beef melt for lunch. A corned beef melt is corned beef, cabbage, cheese, and some mayo between two pieces of bread, grilled. This afternoon consisted of a series of drawing and showing music to Nana. I drew a seagull and began drawing a rocky shore. Nana was surprised at how eclectic my musical tastes are, ranging from heavy metal to smooth indie rock. 

Somehow we finished the entire plate, mostly Matt
After some more doodling I went down below and made nachos for dinner. My monster tray of nachos consists of a huge pile of several layers of chips, cheese, and salsa. One tray can feed 5 easily. We managed to clear the whole tray. After a spot of ice cream we hooked Hoolie up and went for a stroll to Mallory Square to watch the sun go down. No green flash tonight but it was still beautiful. Hoolie was a regular old superstar with every other girl in a sundress having to stop to pet him. The sun went down and we meandered back towards the boat stopping to see the sword swallower. Today marks my last day on the boat. Tomorrow I leave to return to the snow up north. Grandpa will be renting a car for us to tool around in until it’s time to go to the airport where I’ll catch a flight to Newark and then to Providence. Here’s Matt, Veteran Crew, signing off for the last time this week. Until next time! Happy sailing and strong winds from Camp Fleetwing!

The weather went from too much wind to no wind in the course of 24 hours. We barely had a breeze today, about 5 to 8 kts tops. With that we decided not to take Fleetwing out since it would just be motoring and not sailing. Matt kept Ann company up in the cockpit with drawing and music and I paid bills down below. However, the weather was perfect with a high of 78 with full sun. Matt made his signature dish of nachos for lunch which we polished off with no leftovers.

The water in the harbor is pretty clear, here you can see a tarpon hoping for a handout
It was such a good day that we walked over to Mallory Square to see the sunset activities. When you walking in that direction near sundown, it's like being in a river of people. Everyone's going in the same direction. Even if you didn't know where Mallory Square was located, all you needed to do was go with the flow. The usual array of performers were there. One guys playing a piano that people were dancing to, a fortune teller, an acrobat climbing a pole, a woman pretending to be a statue, a juggler and more. One little known fact is that the performers have to audition to be allowed into Mallory Square, not just anyone can claim a splot.

The trip to Mallory Square was worth it to see this sunset!
The sun did its thing with all the sunset cruise ships in full array and we returned to Fleetwing to plan Saturday. Matt has to catch a plane in the afternoon so we'll catch a fish sandwich at noon and drive him over to the airport in a rental car we'll pick up in the morning. We will be sad to see Matthew leave. In this stay in Key West, we've had everyone of our kids down here for a stay. All five grandkids and both families of Caroline's and Philip's. There's just nothing better than family with you for a stay, especially in Key West during the winter!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Key West - Corned Beef and Cabbage

Fish flipping in Key West - see the fish flying to the pail - headed for the cooker
Ahoy! Today marks the 4th day in Key West. Today was an exploration day. I walked a way down Caroline Street and rented a big\ke for ten bucks and proceeded to explore the island. First stop was the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor. the entrance has been repaved and decked out with brand new sidewalks and a guard house. After a quick nap on the beach which led to the frying of my arms, I moved on to stroll through Fort Zachary. It looked as if there were preparations for a war reenactment with authentic tents and rifles set up in the courtyard. After exploring Fort Zachary, I set out again on my rental. I went as far as the southernmost point where a church group was singing to the tourists waiting in line on the sidewalk to take a picture with the monument. From there I headed back in the direction of the boat. Down Duval Street I went with a quick detour to Mallory Square. The sidewalks and streets were packed with tourists and a cruise ship's worth of folks. On my return to the boat I lounged in the cockpit with Nana and shared some of my musical tastes with her while reading my book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. For dinner we had corned beef and cabbage. boy was it great. Soon we will be off to Schooner to see our neighbors play in their Irish band Blarney Rabble. Here's Matt signing off from Camp Fleetwing.

A look overhead at our table at Schooner Wharf, cover those drinks!
We've not been able to get good corned beef and cabbage in Key West so we've taken to cooking it ourselves during Irish Week. We bought the standard package with included spices and Ann follows her own directions for cooking. I got the last cabbage at a local store and we were all set. The only problem is that we have four to feed: myself, Ann and two more counting Matt. All went well and we had a great meal.

Our next door neighbors play in a band so we're going over to Schooner Wharf to listen for a bit tonight. We'll cheer them on. They are breaking into the big time in Key West when Schooner Wharf has them for night's stand.

Our neighbor is at the far right in the picture - he broke into the big time playing at Schooner Wharf!
On Friday it's predicted to be much calmer than the last few days. If that holds up we may go out for a sail with Matthew. It's also supposed to be much warmer with a high of 78 which is more like normal for this time of the year and with the usual east wind. It is also Matthew's last full day. He leaves for school up north on Saturday afternoon, so sad.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Key West - Navigation App Review and a sunset

A typical Key West bike, meant for long distance traveling
Ahoy! Day 3 on the Fleetwing was probably the least laziest so far. I actually got up at a reasonable time today and proceeded to have a nice breakfast. Nana then dredged up memories of the yellow bag of death by putting me to work on finding information on an internship this summer for school. Something I have been putting off due to a very busy semester. After digging through the interwebs and the almost helpful school website, it was time for lunch. I heated up the last of the chicken alfredo from last night and had that with a few Easy Macs. I found Finn’s stash of Easy Mac tucked away in the aft cabin.  Nana and I switched gears to more artistic outlets. Nana has been working on some new pastels while I doodled a mountain range. Nana and Grandpa went out for a walk while I fell into the old habit of hunkering down in the aft cabin and watching movies. They returned and Nana started in on cooking up some shrimp for tonight’s dinner. Should be delicious. Tomorrow will be an exploration day. I plan to rent a bike and explore the island in style. Here’s Matt signing off from Camp Fleetwing

The iPad navigation app review was finally published today on Waterway Guide. It was months in the making and now it's out for the world to see. You can read it here. The evaluation is meant to be neutral based on features I think are valuable. Furthermore, I've included a spreadsheet of all the features of all the 14 apps I evaluated so you can make up your own lists of apps you like based on your own feature list that you think is important. I've also included screenshots of Charleston Harbor taken on most of the apps so you can compare how the charts look from app to app. Take a look. If you see mistakes, don't hesitate to give me a note back so I can make corrections.

We're starting to get sunsets again
The winds continue to howl and the temps continue to be in the 60's. It's the longest cool spell we've experienced but as soon as Matthew leaves, it's due to return to the high 70's with little wind. I wonder if there's a connection there? If the good weather returns on Friday, then we'll take a sail and Matthew's challenge is to top the 8.3 kts posted by his Aunt Caroline last month. We'll see.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Key West - Focus on Food

Willie-T's specializes in dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling
Ahoy! Day 2 on the Fleetwing was a lazy one for sure. I did some catching up on sleep and didn’t start my day until one thirty. Most of the day has been lounging around with a quick walk with Hoolie. The island is hopping for sure. Nana and I sat across from a Conch Train stop and people watched. A mini van passed us with a series of shells and paintings on it. There was a series of motorcycles and small scooters littering the streets with an assortment of convertibles. I don’t think I seen so many Ford Mustangs in one place before. Nana is cooking up some chicken alfredo for dinner. Can’t wait to have some proper alfredo, the school’s cafeteria isn’t exactly the best at making alfredo. As the day winds down and the party boats roll out, there is bound to be more laziness to come. Here’s Matt signing off for day two of Camp Fleetwing. 

Yes, they are real $1 bills, just signed and drawn on
One thing you have to do above all else for someone just beyond their teenage years is to feed the furnace. Our cooking recipes are simple, we just double whatever we would have made for ourselves. It may not satisfy the need for late night snacks but it satisfies the moment, at least for a couple of hours. 

The house may not look like much but the flowers are beautiful.
By the way, it's hard to find a house in Key West for less than $1,000,000, this one included
The winds are starting to moderate down to the 10 to 15 area but it's still cool at less than 70 degrees for a high. Early in the morning with our walks and running, we see a lot of parkas with hoods pulled tight. We haven't run our air conditioning for several days now. However, it's nice walking weather.

My review of navigation apps is finally getting published this Wednesday on Waterway Guide. After that passes, I'll post the review on this site too. I'm sure it will generate some controversy. Captains like their anchors, propellers and their nav apps! There's a little logic in there but a lot of emotional attachment. The review comes with an Excel spreadsheet of all features vs apps, a slideshow of screenshots, an how-to on using GPX files, a description of features offered  by each app, and my own recommendations. See Wednesday's edition of the Waterway Guide Newsletter for the evaluation. 

Note:  I just looked up that house shown above with the flowers, it's valued at $1.675,861

Monday, March 12, 2018

Key West - The return of Matthew

Early Matthew
AHOY! The Return of Matt is upon the Fleetwing. After an early morning and a day of travel, not only have I returned to the Fleetwing but also to Key West. It has been close to 3 years since I last step foot in the Conch Republic. What better place than Key West to spend my spring break? In true Fleetwing fashion, the day started early. I was probably up before the captain and first mate. Five thirty I left home to catch a nine o’clock flight out of Providence to Newark, New Jersey. Had a great window seat right on the wing. The pilot made good time coming in twenty-five minutes early. After having a turkey salad wrap for lunch I caught a flight straight from Newark to Key West. Surprisingly enough, it was far from a sold out flight. Half the plane was empty so I ended up with a whole row to myself. Four hours and a couple hundred pages of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy later, and I arrived at the Key West airport. 

The now Matt
My flight ended up missing the thunderstorms that hit Key West earlier in the day. Those same storms kept several planes grounded here in Key West that was planning to go up to Miami. The delayed flights left my flight stuck on the runway with no parking spot. An extra hour was tacked on waiting for a spot to open. Once the plane got a spot, I caught a taxi just outside the airport that took me the rest of the way to the Fleetwing. The driver moved down to Key West from Wisconsin. He said it was a four-day trip by bus. The other patron of the cab was a Thai chief out of Boston that had just spent five days by bus traveling down to Key West with five hundred pounds of cook wear for the restaurant. Once I was dropped off, it was a quick two-block walk to the boat. Nana and Grandpa met me next to the new hotel that replaced the dirt lot next to BO’s. It was built in the time since I was last on the island. They walked with me the rest of the way to the boat where Hoolie greeted us. We got Cuban sandwiches from the Cuban Coffee Queen for dinner while a front of clouds rolled in. Hopefully the weather will stay in our favor for the rest of the week. Its good to be back on the boat, especially down on Key West. Here’s Matt, veteran crew, signing off. I’ll be here all week don’t miss the new Blog posts.

The feed me Matt
Matthew first joined us on Fleetwing for an extended trip in 2007. He was several sizes smaller then! Wow, has he grown. He's now a junior in college at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island majoring in Architecture. It's a five year effort to get a degree in that field.

He's now ensconced in the aft cabin and I think he's mainly just going to chill-out for five days. Key West is not a bad place for that strategy. However, our string of 78 degree days has come to an end with the temperatures forecast to only be in the high 60's the rest of the week with winds around 20 kts. That's certainly warmer than where he spent the winter so far and I don't think it will deter him very much. We're looking forward to having Matt around for awhile.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Key West - The Green Parrot Bar

The famous Green Parrot Bar
In dedicating my stay to exploring the institutions of Key West, I thought it time to pay a visit to one of the most famous - The Green Parrot Bar.  True to Key West form, it is open-air which is shorthand for saying there's no air conditioning. It's been around forever and has a reputation for the best music in Key West which is saying something given all the venues available.

The Jazz band played on
This afternoon was jazz time with a band playing from 1:00 til 4:30. We arrived around 2:30 which was just in time for their break! So we sat around for 40 minutes waiting for the next set. Of course, there's a bar and I got a beer for $6 and then partook of the free popcorn which was kept fresh from the constant popping. We listened for about an hour before leaving to return home. We took the free Duval Loop bus both ways, very convenient.

The lead singer put i a great performance (worded so I didn't have to commit as to gender - this is Key West!)
The seating in the bar is mostly on bar stools, there's no back support unless you lean up against the bar - but, hey, this is Key West. Even without air conditioning the bar was cool inside. There are no windows to close, everything is open to the breezes.

There's also a peanut gallery, a hard to get spot - it's always crowded
It's a place unique to Key West, yet another institution you should be sure not to miss if you're ever in town.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Key West - To BO's Fishwagon for sandwhiches!

The free bus is pictured behind the tourist train. I can't think they're too happy about the free bus.
We do our walking and running on the weekdays but save the weekend for just relaxing and a full breakfast. It's still warm but the rain is coming later tonight. We missed seeing Barry Cuda play last weekend so we made it a point of setting aside Saturday night for BO's Fishwagon.

We have a good view of the band. You can see the fine decor of the place
Alas, when we arrived we discovered that Barry was in Europe! There was a substitute band that wasn't bad but it wasn't Barry. However, the fish sandwiches were just as good as ever and we topped it off with conch fritters. When I went up to order the sandwiches, the counter guy thought I was a local and gave me the local order which was the same but with french fries at no additional charge. I guess he's seen me around so much for so long that he thought I belonged? This is a common practice that's not advertised in Key West - specials for locals, either a reduced price or something extra.

This is in jest for Key West but it was meant for
somebody somewhere
So we had a fine dinner and returned to Fleetwing to await the arrival of storms through the night. We are so far into the harbor that nothing can really touch us. We have the seawall and all the other boats between us and the entrance, one of the advantages of being on E dock. Of course, the big disadvantage for some it having to get off the bow of the boat, especially when there's a high tide. We like the privacy it affords and watching the comings and goings of boats in the fairway.