In between rain drops and gusting winds, we've managed to sneak in some pretty terrific days down here in Key West - but then again most every day is pretty cool down here!! I know lots of people have been complaining about the weather this winter (me included!) since after all it is the coldest winter on record in Florida, but on the bright side it hasn't snowed ... yet!!!
Doug and I took advantage of a nice sunny morning the other day to head into town - first stop was Smathers beach to at least put our toes in the sand!!!
We've had some pretty cool wildlife hanging out on our docks as well - white and green herons (notice the fish in the green heron's mouth - we obviously interrupted his lunch!!)
Last Saturday was the local arts festival which we went to more as an excuse to head into town than anything else - seriously where are we going to hang artwork?? we live on a boat (much to our friend John Spain's chagrin - John and Francesca own Maine Art Gallery and the Gallery on Chase Hill in Kennebunkport and contributed heavily to our art collection when we had a land-based home)!! Before the skies opened up we checked out the Little White House which is where Harry Truman spent many of his vacations and used the facility as a functioning White House between 1946 and 1952. The house is considered the birth place of the US Dept. of Defense and the US Air Force because of the Key West Accords of 1948; President Eisenhower recovered from his heart attack here; President Kennedy and British PM Harold Macmillan had a summit here during the Bay of Pigs incident and then Kennedy returned after the Cuban Missile crisis; Secretary of State Colin Powell and other foreign leaders had an international summit here in 2001; and Presidents Taft, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton have all used the Little White House during their presidencies - and who said KW was just a bunch of loonies and assorted folks running away from the law or ex-spouses???
That evening we were in for a treat - the Massacoustics were playing at Hogs Breath - we had told everyone on our dock about them so the whole gang descended on HB and Andy and Matt Thompson didn't disappoint!
The next day dawned bright and sunny although I must admit 9:00 am rolled around a little too early but we were off again with Brett, Jill's sister Gail (Jill and Gail's husband Hoot were going to cheer us on from Mallory Square) and Shawna and Jon to sail in the monthly Schooner Wharf Wreckers Race out to Sand Key Light on Captain Ron's (seriously you can't make this stuff up) beautiful 56 foot sailboat!!!
How do you top a day like that - go fishing!!! which is exactly what we did the following day. Jill, Brett, Gail, Hoot, Doug and I all went out fishing with Jesse - the mahi slayers were ready!!!
and then I had one on the line who was a real fighter - turned out to be a good size kingfish - yum!!!! We were not going hungry that night!! The fish guts and blood that covered my pants, shoes and jacket I took as a badge of honor - although the boat looked a little worse for the wear!!
Last night was our weekly sunset party on Coconuts and while it was a little cold and windy to be upstairs on their deck, we were not to be thwarted so the party just raged on inside!! We got to meet a couple new dockmates who have come in the last week and Shawna's parents
who are down visiting. After the most of the guests left, Terry and Loie informed us that two of the party guests we had been chatting with were cartoonists and pretty famous ones at that - one writes Mother Goose and Grim and the other Shoe. You just never know who you are going to meet down here in this crazy town!!!
Today and tomorrow are reserved for boat chores as we can't wait to welcome our nephew Luke and his girlfriend Laura who arrive on Saturday from Virginia - they have never been to KW so we have quite the list of places to go, people to see and music to hear!! I'm sure there will be some good pictures following that weekend!! Also our friends on September Song and Sea Pearl are supposed to pull into KW tomorrow so stay tuned for some rowdy goings on!!!
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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