Day 14, Feb. 14, 2018

As we paddled along its edge, the water was shallow and clear enough to see the various fish that were settling in for the evening. Large Sardine-like fish, frightened by our arrival, jumped out of the water, a bright blue Cowfish meandered among the grass beds and a richly colored stingray flew gently around Matts' board.

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Day 12-Feb. 12, 2018

I must admit, that despite all the money, frustration and effort that we have put into this boat, I probably wouldn't want to do this trip without the kind of skills and knowledge we have developed from working on Lion's Paw. I feel very confident in our abilities to fix and maintain the boat and I know this confidence would not exist if we hadn't worked on the boat as much as we did.

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Day 11-Feb. 11, 2018

Matt HATES going into marina's and avoids them like the plague. Backing our boat in tight quarters, particularly surrounded by mega-yachts makes his eyes bug-out and start twitching at the corners. But we had yet to finish installing our water maker and we also needed to top off the fuel tanks.

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Day 10-Feb. 10, 2018

One thing that is certain of Florida, come Hell or the high water that inevitably reaches us, for better or worse, it will always be Florida. And The Keys will always be The Keys. Until the day comes that all the islands sink under water, nothing will change that.

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Day 9-Feb. 9, 2018

Though there seemed to be no place to walk around, the key was lined with hundreds, possibly thousands, of birds settling in to roost. Cormorants, Ibis and Brown Pelicans sat on every branch and twig. The sounds of their honks and grunts traveled far across the water.

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Day 8-Feb. 8, 2018

Sadly, the tides were not in our favor, as the strong winds and shallow waters surrounding the key made anchoring out not only an uncomfortable option but possibly a dangerous one as well. Since we were only 15 nautical miles away from Marathon, Matt and I decided it would be best to head for The Keys instead.

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