ANOTHER KEY —

DUCK KEY,FL —- We departed Key West on Saturday arriving here on Duck Key at a great place called Hawks Cay Marina and Resort.   We idled our way to the back side of this funky place in order to arrive at the marina.  Reservations were for two nights and this is night #3, as we elected to extend our stay.   Having fun!!!

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A VIEW OF HIGHWAY #1 FROM THE MARINA!
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MILE MARKER SIGNS
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WHERE IS SALT LICK??     GALLEON MARINA IN KEY WEST

THANK YOU, THANK YOU PETER L. FOR THESE GREAT MARINA SUGGESTIONS!

We have enjoyed pool time, delicious dinners, and meeting other “boat people”!   So – as plans go, tomorrow we will head out towards Key Largo.   Soon the turn North at Miami will be taking place.  — GOOD GOLLY — SALT LICK is approaching the final turn on the GREAT LOOP with compass heading set for home port and crossing our wake.

MOST SOUTHERN POINT!

HERE WE ARE – MILE ZERO FOR USA ROUTE #1 AND MILE 1240 FOR THE END OF THE ICW  (mile zero is in Norfolk, Va.) — KEY WEST, FLORIDA.     This is also our most Southern point of cruising with, Mackinaw Island, MI being the Northern most point.

Greeting us at our boat slip when we arrived on 2/15/17 was this big guy!!

 

 

Yesterday we explored Key West and visited the Mel Fisher Museum.  Mel Fisher and his family were the ones who located the Spanish ship, the Atocha , that sank off the the Keys in the Fall of 1622.   The family fought the courts all the way to the Supreme Court over the rights to keep the spoils.   Both the Feds and the State of Florida wanted it.   Mel offered them 38% which both refused.   In the end, the Supreme Court ruled in Mr. Fisher’s favor and gave ALL of the salvage findings to him!    aaaaaahhhhh   Justice well served.   Fascinating story.  Sadly one of his son’s, his daughter-in-law, and another diver were killed in a diving accident while working on the Atocha.     DID YOU KNOW THAT MEL FISHER WAS FROM INDIANA AND ATTENDED PURDUE??

And of course there was the obligatory visit with Papa H!!!

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SLOPPY JOE’S – NOT THE ORIGINAL BUILDING, BUT SAME NAME AS HEMINGWAY’S FAVORITE BAR!
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A TOAST TO PAPA HEMINGWAY!!

 

 

We toured his Key West home.  After Hemingway’s divorce from wife #2, she kept the home and raised their two sons here.   He had another son from his first marriage, who came to this home frequently to visit.   Perhaps he liked the cats too.   Upon the death of his second wife, she had willed  the house to Ernest Hemingway, so he got it back.

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MASTER BED ROOM WITH TWO OF THE 53 CATS ON THE PROPERTY!

About half of the cats have 6 toes………each female cat is allowed to have one litter of kittens and then she is spayed.   CATS , CATS, and more CATS!!!    And they all have names.

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UPPER LEVEL SIDE PORCH OF HEMINGWAY HOME.

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ENDING THE DAY AT THE MARINA TIKI BAR — WAITING FOR OUR DRINKING BUDDIES TO SHOW UP!!!    THIS COULD BE ANY ONE OF Y’ALL OUT THERE!   🙂

Tomorrow we will leave for Duck Key and eventually wind our way to Miami.

ON THE MOVE AGAIN…..

After 36 days at the Belle Marina in Naples, FL, Salt Lick let loose her lines this past Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, and cruised back into the waterways.   I am certain the Belle’s were thinking —“about d_____d  time these people left!”    What a great time I was able to spend with these “old” friends, along with meeting up with others in the neighborhood, attending an IU meeting, etc.   We are forever and  deeply grateful.

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SALT LICK AT THE BELLE MARINA
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CASTING OFF AND OUT THE CANAL TO NAPLES BAY AND THE GULF OF MEXICO!  

We met Mike and Deby Sage, with whom we traveled along parts of Michigan, across Lake Michigan and down the Illinois River with, for dinner one evening.   They completed their Loop a month or so ago when they arrived to their home port in Punta Gorda.  Here we are eating again !!!!!

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DEBY AND MIKE SAGE, JANET AND HANK AT BRUNO’S OF BROOKLYN!!    

THE BEACHES OF SOUTH-WEST FLORIDA ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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We hated to say adios, but the rule of fish and visitors smelling in 3 days was definitely abused!!    To celebrate our impending departure, a fabulous dinner was enjoyed at Bleu Provence restaurant in Naples.   Highly suggest you try it out if in the area.   We even got to meet the owner’s great grandfather – Jacques!!!

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GREAT GRANDPA JACQUES!!    I LOVE HIS FACE!!!!!!    (THIS PHOTO HANGS IN THE WINE CELLAR AREA OF THE RESTAURANT.)

4,720.3 miles have been logged with Salt Lick thru the month of Jan., 2017.   We have suddenly realized when looking at charts and planning our days, that we are nearing the end of this adventure.   WOW !!!!!!

We arrived in Marathon Key, yesterday and tomorrow, 2/15/17 we will cruise to Key West for a few days.   The weather is gorgeous with bright sunny and warm  (80’s) days.   At this marina, Faro Blanco, we have met up with a few other couples that we saw earlier along the Great Loop trail.   Always fun!!

STILL AFLOAT!

“Hey” everyone.    Just letting you know that Salt Lick is still afloat here in sunny, warm Naples.   Mr. M O, managing owner (aka Hank), arrives tomorrow and by the weekend we plan to set off with a compass bearing of 180 degrees.    That means SOUTH.