ICW Southbound – MM 1193 to MM 1243 – Day 7

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We left for Key West early with hopes of arriving before lunch. Even though the forecast was calling for 1-2 foot seas, we opted for Hawk Channel today as we had read the inside route is very shallow to Key West from Marathon. For the first ten miles, we encountered 2-4 foot seas but then it calmed down after that. It was with much excitement and anticipation, we rounded Fort Zachary Taylor State park and into Key West Harbor while admiring Mallory Square on our right. We had made it!! I cant tell you the excitement we felt knowing that we had made it to a place we love, a place we got engaged many years before, on our own boat!! 

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As we entered the harbor, we marveled at all the big yachts and catamarans that were docked. It was a very busy area but we had a nice face dock and no pilings to contend with. We were met by a very cheery dock master who commented “Finally someone who can throw a dock line” It was a huge compliment since we were (as usual) by far the smallest boat.  It was the perfect pick me up after several days of frustrating docking. We quickly cleaned the boat and headed to my favorite Key West spot, Raw Bar. After some oysters and good conversation, we headed to Hogs Breath for music and dinner. It was a perfect Key West day!

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