Saturday, January 30, 2016

Key West at last! - At our usual dock, E14

We arrived!!
We finally had a day where the weather was tolerable for going west! With winds coming in as predicted at 10 to 15 out of the NE, we set out for Key West. Hauling anchor I could see why we hadn't moved for the past four days despite 33 kt winds, our 66 lb anchor was buried.

The new beer garden at the end of our dock
Coming out of Newfound Harbor, the entrance is a little funky. There are shallow spots where the charts show deep water. So taking it easy I came out watching the depth sounder closely and saw 6 ft at low tide several times but no lower. Eventually it deepened to Hawk Channel and we were off.

We're settled in at our usual spot
Key West looks packed, more so than usual. We had our E14 slip reserved for two month so we had no problem. There's a new beer garden (brewery) where the ice cream shop used to be right where E dock meets the main drag. BO's Fishwagon and Cuban Coffee Queen are still there so that's encouraging. We haven't explored much beyond that so far. The marina only has a couple of slips available. I wonder if all the bad weather convinced some boaters to go to Key West instead of the Bahamas.

We took advantage of the fish market nearby for fresh Mahi-Mahi for dinner. Ann prepared it wonderfully. Sunday will be a day off before a busy day Monday getting ready for Caroline and family who will visit for a week, arriving Tuesday evening. We're really looking forward to that!