Katrissa Album: March 2007

March 1, 2007, Marathon, FL

Sunrise over the Boot Key Anchorage in Marathon, FL.

This is one of those places where boaters seem to congregate -- and some of them never leave :-)

March 5, 2007, Marathon, FL

I saw this guy walking along the boulevard on my way to breakfast one morning. He walked along for awhile and then slowly walked out into traffic, where, fortunately, everyone stopped for him to cross busy US1!!

March 8, 2007, Bahia Honda Key, FL

We left Marathon and moved on to Bahia Honda Key State Park. This is a partially sheltered anchorage right off the beach of the state park and campground.

This is one of the many places in the Keys that you can take an organized snorkeling trip out to the reef.

MArch 10, 2007, Key West, FL

We finally arrived at the end of the Florida Keys, Key West. We are here at Spring Break, so the streets are full of partying people and things are a bit crazy after the quiet of the earlier keys. Good fun though - every night there is a celebration where people gather in Mallory Square to watch the sunset.

Among the crowd are various entertainers, including this mime.

March 10, 2007, Key West, FL

... and there were quite a few different jugglers, including this guy.

March 11, 2007, Key West, FL

There is a famous bar in Key West called Sloppy Joe's that was a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemmingway when he lived there. The original Sloppy Joe's is now called Capt. Tony's.

Although we visited on a quiet afternoon, you can see the evidence of party's past.

March 12, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

Today we took a very worthwhile trip to the Dry Tortugas. These are a small set of islands about 70 miles west of Key West. It would have been a long trip in our boat, and there are no sheltered anchorages in the area, so we took the fast catamaran ferry out to the site.

This is 'Jack', our guide for the day. Very entertaining!!

March 12, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

A shot from the wall of the fort. It was built by the Union Army and ended up being used mostly as a prison for Union Army prisoners in the 1860's.

March 12, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

As 'Tortugas Jack' explained to us, "The fort was not a happy place".

These excerpts from diaries of soldiers there at the time give a sample of life in the fort.

March 12, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

The area around the fort is protected as a wildlife sanctuary and, as you can see, is swarming with literally thousands of birds. We saw numerous species of gulls, cormorants, and even frigate birds.

March 12, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

As most of you will know, many Cubans try to reach the USA every year by building homemade boats. These are a few of those that actually made it to the shore of Florida at the Dry Tortugas.

March 12, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

The sign explains the boats.

March 1, 2007, Dry Tortugas, FL

I found this tree interesting. It is called the Gumbo Limbo tree or the Turpentine Tree.

It is also called the Tourist Tree, because of it's red peeling bark :-).

March 14, 2007, Key West, FL

Back in Key West and our routine of finding a good restaurant for dinner.

This time we tried Mangia Mangia ("Eat! Eat!") - great place but no reservations, so here are the girls holding our place in line :-)

March 21, 2007, Peck Lake, FL

Not too many pictures over the last week. We left Key West and motored pretty directly back north. We did stop in Peck Lake overnight for a little beach combing.

March 26, 2007, St. Lucie River, FL

After a few days in Stuart, we moved on up the St. Lucie River and canal to the place where we will leave the boat for the summer.

This is our first lock since back in November.

March 26, 2007, St. Lucie River, FL

Not the best picture, but this is our first alligator, right above the lock.

Interestingly, the lockmaster will open the lock to let some of the wildlife swim up and down the river, especially the endangered manatee.

This is the last picture for this trip -- more to come next season!!