Tag Archives: Key Largo

Going to try and update this a bit more often. Just added all the pics I have of some of the different beer I have tried and will add more as I drink more. They are on the “Burn Me in My Bar” page if you are interested.

 

We are still on lay-off and working on a few boat projects as well as catching shrimp as they run and an occasional Lobster. It is great when we get a chance to Carpe Langousta or “Seize the Lobster”!! The one pictured below was caught about a week ago while shrimping on Adam’s Cut here in Key Largo. We teamed up w/ our nets and gave him no chance to escape. He weighed in just under 3 pounds. Delicious!!

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We moved to another spot in the boat yard and now officially live on an ocean front lot, though there are mangroves between us and the water. Looking through my media files I realized that the shrimp pics and moving pics are still on April’s Ipad. I will post them when I get them uploaded here.

 

For Mike

Beacause he is the only one who seems to give a shit if i post or not.:

Been on the road working. Calloway Nuke (Missoura) for six weeks. Visited parents/kids/grandkids/friends for a couple of weeks. Bought a camper. Now living in a campground outside Ft. Akinson WI. Were both doing demo in a high school (Cambridge), now April working at Epic Center (Verona) and I have a couple more weeks at high school. New granddaughter in Georgia we haven’t seen yet and missing our island life. Haven’t been home since Easter.

Mike I’ll give you a call when I dig up your number. Let’s have a brew and catch up. Hell, bring YOUR camper up some weekend. Open site next to us. I have the wood and beer.:

Uninsured Motorists Rule

We were returning from a flea market on Big Pine Key last Sunday, mile from home, northbound on US Hwy 1, when a southbound vehicle turned left, crossing our path. First she hesitated, then proceeded to cut us off. April tried to miss her but as we were in the right lane and the truck behind us had swerved into the left, she had no choice but to hit her. April’s air bag kept her from hitting the wheel and she only had a few marks on her right arm and a bit of soreness as well as a mark on her stomach. I was a bit stiff the following couple of days. At first the woman in the other car claimed no injury but as the police arrived she opted for an ambulance ride. Probably good precaution or maybe a way to keep from being arrested for failing to carry insurance on her vehicle. Judging by the existing damage and duct tape on her front end it’s not her first altercation.

When we insured April’s Mustang we opted not to carry the uninsured motorist package. In Florida you are not issued a registration or plates till you prove you have insurance. Apparently there is no system in place to alert authorities when it lapses?! Our insurance company has no interest in the car as such so we are free to do what we want w/ it. Once we get a couple of estimates we will try to pull things out enough that it can hopefully be driven. The estimates will be needed in court as that is our only means of getting any compensation.

Besides the obvious damage in the pictures her top no longer latches on the passenger side, off by an inch, and the driver’s door is out of alignment. Obviously the frame is tweaked and it’s a wonder the windshield hasn’t shattered, yet. Small bit of luck is that our neighbor in the boatyard has a roll-back and was able to pick us up saving a tow fee. Also he is a mechanic/body man.

Making matters worse if the car cannot be fixed is the fact that April just had the entire interior replaced as well as a new top put on. The seats even have purple mustangs embroidered in them. The floor mats still have the plastic on them.

The scene from where we stopped.

The scene from where we stopped.

 

Offending lady's car

Offending lady’s car

Skid marks

Skid marks

April's Mustang

April’s Mustang

 

Screwed

Screwed

CLMF!!!!

 

 

Boat Yard

Thought I would post some pictures of the boatyard. Not your typical yard that’s all asphalt, boats lined up on stands, sanders constantly running, big office/chandlery, travel lift to pull and splash boats. No, it is more like a clearing in the woods at the end of a dead-end road that even most locals don’t know about. Everyone from the pizza guys, UPS man, even the Police (whole nother crazy story) have to ask if they have the correct address. We like it this way.

There are seven of us living here, three on boats, one in a shack, one in a motor home, one in a room on the ground floor of the “Tower”. The Tower consisting of ground floor living quarters (no bathroom), second floor wood shop, third floor is half patio and half TV room for the owner. The owner being an old hippie who resembles a wizard complete w/ long white beard, very low key. There is a stairway that circles the tower to access the different floors, then continues up to an 8×10 deck above the roof. One bathroom at the tower accessed from outside. Flush toilet w/ buckets of seawater. Rain water is collected from the eaves, stored in a cistern, and pumped to barrels on the roof. This supplies the shower and sink. We are on the Atlantic Ocean though it is obscured by Mangroves. Unless you climb to the top of the tower.

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Looking back to the yard. Our area is to the top right behind April’s car, obscured by pines. The open-air shop/hang out area to the left.

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Our boat shortly after arrival.

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An actual Cuban Vessel at our dingy dock. It was used by Cubans to come here. They landed south of here a few miles. A friend of a friend brought the boat here for some unknown reason.

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I thought I had a few more pics uploaded here but don’t see any. Next time.

Update

Been a while since the last post. No excuse, haven’t been all that busy.

First off a shout out to Mike. Thanks for the comments!! Good to know you are still thinking of us. My phone took a shit and I lost my contacts or I would have called you a while back. Now my new phone did the same thing (screen went out). Will have to get your number when I get things straightened out.

Not back to work yet, should be in the next few weeks. Unit 4 EPU at Turkey Point is scheduled to start around Nov 1st.  We are living on the boat, in a boat yard, in Key Largo. Actually it is a small yard in the woods at the end of a lonely dead-end street on the ocean. Most locals don’t even know where it is. We still have the 26′ sailboat that we bought last spring and it is anchored in Tarpon Basin. Both boats survived T/S Issac. We stayed onboard Gone in the yard for the storm. Took a couple large tree branches on deck that sounded huge when they hit but did no damage. Pretty cool to see the island vacant except locals and businesses closed and shuttered for the storm. Glad Issac didn’t reach hurricane status till after leaving the area.

April had Bariatric surgery in Miami about a month ago and is doing well. We were fortunate to be offered a cottage at Key Lime Sailing Club for the first two weeks of her recovery. Sooo nice to have a kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, comfy bed, quiet atmosphere, etc. Big thanks to KLSC. Downside has been that she has not been able to be in the water. Lots of time on our hands but no snorkeling, fishing, sailing.

Just realized that the pictures I want to post of the boat yard are still on my tablet so I will have to get them uploaded first. In the mean time I will post some of moving the boat. We didn’t have a home when we brought her down and spent a couple of nights at Key Lime. Then part of a week in the warehouse parking lot owned by the lady whom we rented our apartment from last spring. We were not allowed to live aboard at the warehouse so were homeless for a time. Spent a couple nights in a cottage at Key Lime, a night in a camper, and a night at a friends apt on his dog bed. Happy we were to find Robbie’s boat yard and get settled in. And at a monthly price that most yards charge per week.

Loaded up and ready to hit the road

We picked up Sailing Dave from Tennessee along the way. He was returning to his  boat in Key Largo after a visit home. Here we are taking a break in Georgia

When you see a cow that big you just have to milk it, April and Dave

 

Backed into the yard at Key Lime Sailing Club

At the warehouse

1600 trouble-free miles. I had a total of 6 spare tires for the trailer, two mounted on rims. I had jacked all axles and removed all tires before leaving so that I knew they would be free in the event of a break-down. Snapped a cheater bar in the process so it was good to have done. They had not been removed in at least 4 years. I kept saying that if we had a flat in the middle of the night, during a rainstorm on a mountain in Tennessee, I wanted to be prepared. Well there was a time of tension when, at approx. 0300, outside of Chattanooga, it started to pour. I thought I had jinxed myself and waited for the doom. Thankfully it never came.

Will get some pics of our home at the boatyard up in the next post.