|the last sunset of 2013|
Happy New Year! I hope yours is off to a much smoother start than ours is!
We had a really nice sail into Key West, but things have proven difficult since then. As soon as we had settled into a mooring field, winds picked up to 30 miles an hour, and we were grateful to have made it just in time. Since the water near Key West is so shallow, we have to drive about a mile into shore on our dinghy. With the high winds and waves, there was no way that we would be traveling to shore to check out the New Years Eve festivities, which was a bit of a disappointment. Instead, we made a nice dinner together on the boat. But after that, it was so dark out in the middle of nowhere mooring field that Riley just kept falling asleep on me. When I woke him up for the third time and he said, "at least we get to spend New Years hanging our feet over the side of a waterfall," I knew it was a lost cause. I gave up and went to bed. Or, attempted to, at least. Trying to sleep in those conditions would be comparable to curling up and trying to take a nap on a large trampoline that someone else is enthusiastically jumping up and down on. In a redeeming move, Riley had set his alarm to five minutes before midnight, so we did stumble outside and watch a few minutes of some tiny fireworks being set off on the other side of the island.
We attempted another anchorage last night, to see if we would have any better results, but we failed again. There is so much boat traffic in Key West, that instead of bobbing up and down on the waves created by the wind in the mooring field, we were tossed relentlessly from side to side from the wakes caused by passing boats. All day, and all night long. We've gotten used to quite a bit, and can sleep through a lot on a boat now, but this was a whole new ballpark. We laid awake in bed all night, and at first light we were up and moving again. Wish us luck on this spot, because we're running out of options!