TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 35 NM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEFFI!
|GOOD MORNING WORLD|
The beautiful Key Largo sunrise got our day started brilliantly. While taking in all the gorgeous sights surrounding us, Richard spotted these rippling circles with a large nose slowly rising above the waterline. Manatee! Manatee! Five of them were methodically feeding in the shallow waters of the anchorage area. We never did see one come all the way up but we were, none the less, ecstatic to spy their big noses coming up for air.
|RIPPLES WHERE THE MANATEES "USED TO BE"|
Dan took advantage of the projected short travel day and spent some time cutting off our collection of crab trap ropes. Our prop is much happier now!
|AND A JOB WELL DONE|
We pulled up anchor and passed under the US Highway 1 Bridge that connects mainland Florida to the world of the Keys. The dolphin led us as we meandered through narrow passes, shallow waters and vast expanses. It was smooth sailing all day with the bottom (8 to 9’ below us) seeming to be within our reach.
|U.S. HIGHWAY 1 BRIDGE AT KEY LARGO|
|SEE ME?! SEE ME?!|
|THAT'S THE BOTTOM YOU SEE 9' BELOW THE SURFACE|
Gliding along we spied these beautiful Portuguese Man-O-War. The float, that can be from ¼” to 1’ long and 6” above the water, acts like a sail. The tentacles might be floating 50 to 200’ underwater so swimmers be aware.
|BE WARY OF THIS BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN|
We made our turn into Dinner Key Marina about 8 miles shy of the towering Miami skyline. We stayed here last year and look forward to exploring the cute town of Coral Gables. We all took the bus and train to Shorty’s BBQ at the Dadeland South train station. YUM!!
|APPROACHING THE CORAL GABLES AREA|
|JUST SOME OF THE TRANSIENTS|
|STUNNING RED CORAL ON THE PILINGS|
Image by scaredy_kat via FlickrSHORTY'S BBQ
|GOOD NIGHT ALL!|