We left Venice Wednesday morning. Randall and Jake spent the morning replacing the alternator while we were anchored in the ICW north of Venice. The alternator didn’t go out but the tachometer kept spiking up so Randall decided to go ahead and put the new one on. As we approached the incoming waves at the Venice Pass, someone hails us. She wanted to find out if she had read our hailing port correctly. She and her husband hail from Norman, OK. They now run a charter boat out of Venice. So fellow displaced Okies wished us safe travels as we departed.
We sailed the entire way to Key West, only running the motor about two hours. We had 20-25 knot wind through the night and sailed 5 – 7 knots. I was actually for reefing in a little but Randall and Jake were enjoying the speed. The next day, we had a Brown Pelican come beg for fish. Lily tossed some bread, cucumber and pineapple peelings his way which got his interest only long enough for him to discern that it wasn’t fish. After fifteen minutes of these undesired offerings, he crapped on our solar panels and left in disgust.
We got to Key West around 4 p.m. and made out way past the para sailors, the cruise ship and into the crowded anchorage. Coming in, the water was a beautiful turquoise banded with dark blue from the scattered clouds. Jake and Lily jumped in once we got anchored but, the sky was getting cloudy, so they got out shivering. We are going to shore later to day so Lily can burn some energy. Right now, she is burning it by picking fights with Jake. Tomorrow, we will start looking at the weather to determine if we can go over to the Dry Tortugas.