We landed in Key West after a 48 hr. sail from Isla Mujeres
with both of us doing a "What's the first thing?" A newspaper
every day, fresh milk, a steak, being able to fix whatever for
dinner instead of whatever is available. Travel in the third
world certainly makes a person appreciative of the U.S.A. except
the first breakfast check in Key West surprised even us. Checking
back into the country was also amazing. So easy! In every
country we had multiples copies of every paper we could think
of and then we usually missed something. In Belize we had
to even write an explanation of why it took us so long to sail
from Honduras to Belize with the official threatening a fine.
Since then we have heard that at least 1 cruiser was fined
$150 for not arriving in a timely manner, no matter what
weather or boat problems. It is so great to get dollars out
of the ATM.
We are on the hook at Key West which is a wonderfully
interesting historic island full of art galleries, great
restaurants, and beautiful old homes. Tomorrow we will
lunch at Hemingway's favorite watering hole prior to a
possible liftoff for Marco Island-a 16 hour sail
which we will do at night in order to arrive during daylight
hours. See you all soonest!
We've decided we want to take a cruise, but we just want
to sit in a deck chair and let someone else do the work. We'll
eat all day long and read-read-read as we sit-sit-sit.
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- March 28, 2002