Dry Tortugas Day trip

John and I were up at o’dark thirty to guzzle a cup of Cafe Bustelo, grab our snorkeling gear and head to the ferry to take us to the Dry Tortugas, 70 miles west of Key West.

John and I headed to the water on the south beach and got into the structures. Visibility was was not very good but some fish. No grouper today and only one Pompano that was good sized but, no pic. The coral near the light was the best stuff to photograph today.

A lunch and a walk around Fort Jefferson.

A fairly easy boat ride home and gourmet pizza and salad. We are sacked. Early down and 50 miler in the morning after breakfast and a chance of liquid sunshine. Peace out Tres dog

Bubbafest-Knight’s Key to Stock Island-52 miles and 443 feet of elevation.

A sunset at Burdines Waterfront Restaurant last night. Bacon wrapped XL shrimp wrapped in bacon. Super!

A Sunset Grill breakfast and onto 7 mile bridge. Wind at our backs.

On to Big Pine Key.

Our only sighting of Key deer today

We are getting into the lower Keys because our next stop was BABY’S COFFEE!!!

We were close to NAS Key West. Navy jets close by. Oceans Edge Resort on Stock Island.

Trolley tour of Key West and dinner at the marina. Tomorrow, the Dry Tortugas. Peace out Tres dog

Rest day-Pigeon Key along Seven Mile Bridge paddle.

A great sunset, you guessed it, at the Sunset Grill. Some Bubbafest pirate riders at dinner last night.

Photo credit: Mary Schumann

Isla Bella dive boat.

Photo credit: John Ilenin

Put in for the paddle.

John and I kitted up and away we went.

We paddled around, next and in between the bridges.

It was a great paddle. About a 7 mile open water round trip. On the way closer to the resort, we were followed on the left side of the kayak for a minute or so by 3-4 foot baby hammerhead shark. Missed the photo op. Only in the Keys. Another organic cafe soup and muffin lunch. So great! Back to the bike tomorrow. Over 7 mile bridge tomorrow morning and on to Stock Island. Peace out. Tres do

Bubbafest- Islamorada to Knight’s Key-36.2 miles

It was a chamber of commerce morning with breakfast poolside at the Islander resort.

John and I headed out for Knight’s Key.

Before we knew it we were at Robbie’s feeding the tarpon!

Rolled on down the road.

Channel 5 bridge

There is a part of the bike trail that seems to be right on the mangroves.

We were getting into Marathon. I love the sculptures of retail art.

Organic cafe in Marathon with a homemade bowl of fab vegetable soup and a mixed greens salad with apples and walnuts. 2 nights at Isla Bella. Sunset grill tonight. peace out t dog

Pre Bubbafest- John Pennekamp State Park

Featured image photo credit: the internet universe via the wife. Midnight Parrotfish. Stunning.

We finally got to snorkel at 12 noon today. It was wild because a woman waiting for the trip had a dog that bit someone and then she took it on the boat. They threw her off with her dog and her husband. Can’t make it up.

John

Then, we had to rescue or stay with a boat that was dead in the water until the USCG came. Delayed our trip.

I had a fish eye attachment that had gotten some water in it somehow. Salvaged a coupled of pics. Not my usual quality but, it was great to be in the water. I have removed the attachment. Dry Tortugas Thursday.

Ride starts tomorrow

Stout Gumbo Limbo‘s. Ride starts tomorrow. Peace out Tres dog