So what have we been doing besides hunkering down on the boat watching the Olympics?? Lots actually - we went out fishing the other day with Jesse who runs a fishing charter boat out of the marina here - he needed some hands to go test out the boat after a major repair and we were only too glad to fill in! It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day on the water with warm sun and really calm waters even out past the reef (way better than had been forecasted - now when does that ever happen???) We trolled a reef and I caught a big barracuda which we used for bait the rest of the day - first time I ever actually wanted to catch one of those things (when we were in the Bahamas we dreaded catching them because at some point you had to get that guy off your line and they have major teeth!!!) Of course our battery in the camera was dead so no pictures - sorry! We didn't have much luck fishing out on the wreck - seemed like whenever we'd get a fish on, some large jewfish, grouper or shark would come up and eat the whole thing - hook, line, sinker and fish included!!! So we trolled around for awhile and I actually caught a black fin tuna but that was about it - still a really awesome day on the water all in all!!! That night as if the day couldn't get any better, we had a fabulous dinner on Belissimo with Shawna, John and Jim!!! Shawna clearly outdid herself making shrimp and veggie tempura and platefuls of sushi and sashimi (although not with my tuna which we had left with Jesse) while the rest of us slugs just seemed to look on, drinks in hand of course, trying to occasionally help here and there (really she wouldn't let us do much!) What a feast - thanks so much Shawna!!!
After a really late evening of sushi (we didn't even sit down to dinner until 10:30, had several courses and of course had to have key lime pie for desert!!), 7:00 AM the next morning came around pretty early but we had promised Terry and Loie of Coconuts that we would do breakfast crepes with them. Not surprisingly no one else at the dock joined us - 7:00 AM is a little early for most cruisers!!! As I struggled to get going that morning I was reminded of a great line by Charles Emerson Winchester on the iconic TV show MASH - "A Winchester only recognizes one 5:30 per day, and this (5:30 AM) is NOT it!" But we wound up having wonderful crepes and very large caffeine drinks at a cute place over by Blue Heaven - the company was great and by the time we got home we were raring to go while all the other slugs on the dock were just starting to wake up!! We snuck in the weekly Wednesday evening cocktail party on Coconuts despite the "iffy" weather - the sunset was great but once the sun was down, the temp plummeted cutting short our outdoor gathering!!
After several days stuck inside the boat with the Bootser (days by the way the Bootser loves since she gets to sit in our laps and be fed treats or kitty bon-bons all day),
We also stopped in at the West Martello Tower which has been turned into a flowering sculpture garden by the KW Garden Club - it is a hidden oasis right in the heart of the beach area and a must see treasure! We walked along the palm and tree lined paths (one of our favorites was the old man palm with the hairy trunk!!)
One of the 21 Sculptures
By this time the sun had been chased from the sky by some ominous looking black clouds so we figured it was time to find shelter and of course a coldie or two which by this time we desperately needed so it was on to Guy Harvey's for their $1 drafts and some just great people watching (where else besides KW can you walk into a bar and see a pirate in full dress sitting at the bar talking to an angel in a wedding gown and wings and not have anyone give them a second glance???)
A burger and some popcorn at Johnny Rocco's and some more people watching were on the agenda for the afternoon as we watched the tourists try to dodge the raindrops (Conchs just don't seem to mind much - guess we don't melt!!) With a break in the rain we walked down by the KW bight to get our "water fix" and watched some seriously cool pelicans play amongst the fishing boats.
Finally it was time for happy hour at Kelly's - we've gotten quite addicted to their thai chili wings and at $4 for a pound, it's one of the best bargains on the island which is why at 4:01 every afternoon the place is jammed!!! We met up with some dock folks who seemed to be on our same schedule - Kelly's for happy hour followed by the Sound Check at the Green Parrot at 5:30!!! Bill Blue, an amazing blues musician who was one of the original musicians to play the Parrot when it opened, was going to rock the stage. And rock it he did!!! What an amazing show - we were joined by our entire dock gang
Yesterday poured buckets with 30 knot wind gusts so Bootsie had another great day - today however has dawned sunny and warm so she knows what's coming - it's time for the grown-ups (and I use that term very loosely) to go play!!!