We left Key Largo on December 23rd early to catch the high tide. It was a pretty uneventful trip with a few really shallow spots until we got past Key Largo. We actually managed to get our jib out for a few hours and were making really good time at over 6 knots.
|Gilbert's. This is where we had planned |
to stay during the cold front
We reached Dinner Key Marina and I’d like to say that we just casually grabbed a mooring ball. It wasn’t quite that easy this time. We were told we could take any ball number 91 and up and the higher the number, the farther out they are. I guess these balls don’t get a lot of use because the eyes that you thread your lines through were totally crusted with barnacles. We don’t as a rule keep a hammer on deck and it took a bit of digging to find one. Gloves also are a really good idea because the barnacles will just shred anything they touch.
|the big boats in the marina|
|Miami at night|
The wifi does not reach out as far as the boat so we took the IPad up to the office so Brian could Skype his sister and brother in law Kim & Bill. The signal was good as long as he propped the Ipad up against the office window.
Christmas morning was beautiful here. The water was flat like a mirror and so quiet.
|this was our view Christmas morning|
|Cricket hanging her Christmas decorations|
|bait fish 6 at a time|
Today first thing I called the closest vet because Cricket needs a healthy pet certificate to enter the Bahamas. Another $55 and they don’t make appointments. That’s on the schedule for tomorrow. I’m not sure she’s going to be impressed with a ride in the dinghy.
Next. Get the phone fixed and pick up some oil filters. Back in St. Petersburg we bought an unlocked, used Iphone and I was ready to change our service over to AT&T and get a mobile hotspot. $85 for the cell service and $125 for the hotspot. Brian said to just do it!. Except….because we are Canadian and don’t have a social security number they want a $500 deposit. I almost agreed (desperate) but you need an address for them to send back the deposit.
Metro PCS (who we now have our cell service with) was about 4 miles away. The agent at AT&T told us to hop on the trolley, it’s only 25 cents. Yay! No. the next stop was miles past where we needed to get off. So we walked. We’re OK with walking but the route on my phone (battery going dead at this point) sent us through some questionable neighbourhoods. Metro, when we found them was a combination phone store, notary public and adult education office. The languarge barrier was a bit of a challenge but we ended up with a new, bigger battery and a bigger SD card. So far, so good but no hotspot and still no wifi on the boat.
|are we still in the US?|
Last night we were treated to some company. CJ (our friend and sailing instructor from 2-1/2 years ago) and his students came into the mooring field for the night. It was great having someone new to talk to. We had a couple of beers and they shared their burgers with us. Nice!
|Brian, Sally & CJ|
|The crew of Gitana|
They were off first thing this morning to head back to Fort Lauderdale and write their exams.
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