Days 82-83 – Cayo Hueso

Miles cruised 106, fuel purchased $0, slip fee $infinity, daily high temperature 81*F feels like 86*f.

John returned from Boston to Marco Island on Sunday night. Priscilla remained in Boston on baby watch with Alison.

Monday morning the crew of CL shoved off at 8:30 am and after dodging 100’s if not 1,000’s of crab pot buoys we arrived in Cayo Hueso at 1:30 pm. We cruised at 25 mph and the engines and transmissions preformed perfectly. The waves were 1-2 feet off the port bow. After two hours the seas flattened to 1 foot or less. it was a relatively flat ride.  We have cruised 2,183 miles since departed from Waukegan to get to Cayo Hueso.

We are at the Galleon Marina which is one of a very few marinas in Key West with floating docks. There is also a large swimming pool, hot tub, sandy beach, gym, fishing pier and tiki bar with live music. May it ever be so humble for the next month.

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Which way to the beach?

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Dale and Andy will fly to Chicago on December 17 to visit family at Christmas for 10 days.

Andy took this picture of an iguana poolside. It is three feet long.

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Cayo Hueso (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaʝo ˈweso]) is the original Spanish name for the island of Key West. Spanish-speaking people today also use the term when referring to Key West. It literally means “bone cay (a low island or reef)”. It is said that the island was littered with the remains (bones) of prior native inhabitants, who used the isle as a communal graveyard. This island was the westernmost Key with a reliable supply of water.

Changing Latitudes in her slip at the Galleon Marina in Key West.

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Bonus photo

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Carl (Chef) Wooden – quote of the day

The birds sat comfortably in groups, and they were envied by some in the dingy, for the wrath of the sea was no more to them than it was to a covey of prairie chickens a thousand miles inland. Quote by Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

The ninth surviving child of Protestant Methodist parents, Crane began writing at the age of four and had published several articles by the age of 16. Having little interest in university studies, he left college in 1891 to work as a reporter and writer. Crane’s first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, generally considered by critics to be the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim in 1895 for his Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without having any battle experience.

In 1896, Crane endured a highly publicized scandal after appearing as a witness in the trial of a suspected prostitute, an acquaintance named Dora Clark. Late that year he accepted an offer to travel to Cuba as a war correspondent. As he waited in Jacksonville, Florida, for passage, he met Cora Taylor, with whom he began a lasting relationship. En route to Cuba, Crane’s vessel the SS Commodore, sank off the coast of Florida, leaving him and others adrift for 30 hours in a dinghy. Crane described the ordeal in “The Open Boat”. During the final years of his life, he covered conflicts in Greece (accompanied by Cora, recognized as the first woman war correspondent) and later lived in England with her. He was befriended by writers such as Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells. Plagued by financial difficulties and ill health, Crane died of tuberculosis in a Black Forestsanatorium in Germany at the age of 28.

 

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