ICW Northbound – MM 1159 to MM 1243 – Day 12

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With almost no wind in the forecast for today, we decided we had to finally leave Key West. Since we had stayed longer than expected, we prepared for the 84 mile journey to Islamorada and another spot we had been excited about, Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle. I had originally heard of this spot because we also loved PCI in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The PCI in Islamorada has a pool, beach, marina, tiki bar and raw bar. It sounded idyllic. Things got a bit bumpy and windy while underway but the real problems started when we discovered our gas cap was off and dangling along the side of the boat. With all the waves and bumps we didn’t have a clue how much fuel we had lost. With some quick calculations and a few choice words we decided we could make it all the way to PCI. We went outside via Hawks channel until Marathon and then came back inside at 7 mile bridge. The water inside was a bit calmer and a more enjoyable ride. The very last mile or so was a very narrow but pretty channel with mangroves on each side. Normally, we would slow down in this area (although it was safe to stay at speed) but since we were low on fuel we zigzagged quickly through the green and red channel markers. We went under a bridge and took a sharp left and landed right on the fuel dock at PCI. Sheww! We made it! We were also delighted to have help at our slip while maneuvering away from all the massive sportfishing boats around us.

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After another successful docking, we rewarded ourselves with a nice dip in the lovely pool. The pool featured a swim up bar with drinks and quite delicious food.  As dinner approached, we found ourselves across the parking lot at Ciao Hound, an Italian restaurant on the property. I haven’t been to Italy (yet!) but this place felt authentic. The bread was amazing and the food even better. We headed back to the boat for a gorgeous sunset and a nice fire. This marina was definitely spoiling us!

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