Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wed-Sun. March 1, 2009

Some friends of ours from our Jordan Creek dock are on their sailboat in Boca Chita which is near Key West. We went to their boat Wed. night and spent the night. The next morning, we drove to Key West and boarded a Cat boat at 7:30 and the four of us rode over to the Dry Tortuga's for the day. We toured Fort Jefferson which is the largest Fort I have ever visited. It was very interesting. The boys wanted to dive but the wind was blowing and it was too cold. Nelson said there was not very much to see there anyway. The trip back, was one I will never forget. The waves were gigantic and we were up and down for about 1 and 1/2 hours. There were many people who were sick and the staff ushered them outside to vomit outside off the back of the boat. No, we did not get sick, but we did take some sea sickness pills before we left for our trip back to Key West. It was a good trip but we were glad we were not on a sailboat. The cat boat went 35 miles an hour and only slowed down to jump the waves.We spent the night again with our friends and the next day, he and Nelson exchanged dinghies. Nelson wanted a smaller one with smaller motor and Bud wanted a larger one.
At Bud and Brenda's docks in Boca Chita, they are practicing for a conch blowing contest in Key West on March 7th. The girls are also dancing, blowing conchs and singing. It is really neat!
Everyone blows the conchs even at our Marathon, Boot Harbor at sunset. I have got to bring one of my conchs back when we go home in March.
It worked out good for them both.We spent yesterday doing errands. Nelson walked 5 miles to the hardware store and I walked a small journey to the Kmart and Grocery store. We rode our dinghy for several miles and left it at a dock for $5.00 while we did our shopping. Last night, we went up to the Marina and sat around and listened to many men play their guitars and we sang along. There was also a guy who had a small bongo drum and he was really good. There were a lot of people just standing around talking quietly and listening to the music.Our friends Marie and Chris left on Friday for the Bahamas with four other boats. We miss having them around. We are budding up with another boat for our trip sometime this week to the West Florida coast to Nelson's brother Ike's house on Cape Coral. We are waiting for a good weather window. Then we will continue our journey to Ike's. Hope that happens soon as this is our second week here.
We are ready for a change. But, we do like it here. Nelson is getting eager to get home and get the taxes completed
Hope to see you all soon!
Nelson & Ondra.

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