When we got back from our big bike ride last Saturday, I finally finished installing the lifeline netting. You can see the line running along the bottom of the netting here.
It’s going to be a little work to get inside the lazarettes now, but at least someone won’t be able to weasel his way underneath the netting.
That night we had one of the nicest sunsets in a while. Or maybe it was just the first time in a while that it was warm and dry enough to actually sit outside and see the sunset. It’s a good thing we got out that afternoon, because later that night the weather got much worse.
We had a major storm come in on Sunday morning, with a lot of rain, and very strong winds. Luckily, we were one of the few boats not to drag. It was bad enough that Sparky didn’t want to get out of bed, though, and the rain continued into part of the week.
Finally, on Thursday things dried and warmed up again. That night we took a walk to Morada Way, a small area with a few galleries. They host an art walk there on the third Thursday of every month, featuring local artist.
Of course, while we were there we had to make a stop at the Florida Keys Brewing Company, home of the best beer in the Keys. They brew their own beer right here in the Islamorada, and also serve beer from other microbreweries.
Friday night the winds started to pick up again. Saturday it was blowing at about 30 all day, and it got pretty cold again. I heard a few people say there were even gusts into the 40s.
Luckily, we’re anchored in really close, so it’s a pretty short dinghy ride to shore.
That afternoon, we headed over to the Islamorada Fine Art Festival, at The Islander. There was some amazing underwater photography on display, including some really unique turtle shots, by Lazaro Ruda, a dive instructor from the Palm Beach area.
With the north wind, it was actually very calm on the oceanside, at least near shore. Looking further out, I sure wouldn’t have wanted to be on Alligator Reef, though.
The Islander has the biggest Hobie Cat sailing fleet in the Upper Keys. I think they have a total of 6 boats that you can rent.
The wind didn’t start to die down until really late Saturday night, so it was a pretty rough row back out to the boat.