Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fried Key Lime Pie!

What do sailors do in Marathon when they’re “stuck in port” with very windy conditions predicted for the foreseeable future? Dine ashore. And it's even better with friends.

Dan and Deb recommended nearby Burdine’s Chiki Tiki (doncha love that name?), so we dinghied there around 6:30 last night after some vino onboard MicMac. It’s the stereotypical Keys restaurant with atmosphere out the wazoo.

We enjoyed catching up with our "About Time" friends and hearing their stories of past trips down the ICW and crossings to the Bahamas. They raved about one specific dessert, so we ordered ONE fried key lime pie to share. Wow. Hope I get to walk a good bit while we wait here for calmer seas.

We dinghied back to MicMac under starry skies just in time. 30 minutes later, a rapid wind shift (as in 180 degrees in 5 minutes) occurred as a front came in. The north wind has been howling ever since, gusting to 25 or 30 knots, even in this sheltered harbor. I doubt any sane sailor will leave this anchorage today. I probably won't post anything on this blog for days since the winds are supposed to continue for days.

Hats off to fellow sailors on Sheet Music and Bum's Rest for safely arriving in Bimini yesterday. Glad the two skippers and one canine crew member didn't succumb to seasickness. First mates and other puppy were not so lucky. See their blog for all the details.

Our condolences to all our family and friends who are AGAIN seeing snow today, even in Williamsburg. Y'all must think you fell asleep and woke up in Minnesota.

This morning, we listened to Cruisers’ Net on VHF Channel 68. One of the sailors moderates this daily opportunity at 9 a.m. for sharing news (there’s a book signing and pot luck tonight) and announcing items for sale, want, trade, or giveaway. One boater ranted about the lack of courtesy flags on some “foreign” boats, prompting a venting by a few Canadian yachters. Quite a few boaters want to share rides to the Miami Boat Show this coming weekend. One announced that gale force winds were coming, which was corrected by another sailor who noted that the Beaufort Wind Scale defines a moderate gale force wind as 41.6 knots. I get a little green just hearing that number. Reminding us that lots of cruisers homeschool their children onboard, kids participate in a Trivia portion at the end of the broadcast.

1 comment:

  1. Hi MicMac.... We love Burdines, it's the best place to dock (clean barthrooms) and eat basket's of fries and fried key lime pie (to die for) as your found out. Our you on a mooring ball? or you waiting? Love the harbor. Make sure you go to the Key Fisheries on 35th st. on bay side,$1 stone crab claws at the bar happy hour 5 to 7pm. Love it. Harricane is pretty good also. Porky's (down by Burdines way on US1) Has great food. So much to do in Marathon. We like it there. Winds are high, so stuck here in bimini sands marina for a few days, not a bad place to be stuck I say. It is beautiful. Talk to ya soon, Love Patti