31 January 2009

Islamorada Journal 2009...Day 26

Saturday, 31 January: 7:30PM:

Beautiful day in Islamorada: The wind was screaming out of the northeast this morning, whipping the bay into a froth. No rain; in fact, in 20+ days here, there hasn't been a significant rain...just a few sprinkles. Doesn't bother me much, but the locals are growing concerned about the lack of free water.

Took Deb to the airport this morning...sorry to see her leave. It was great having her here as a fishing buddy...and I know we're all going to miss her photos in this blog.

The ride back from the airport was uneventful. Stopped at the Dolphin Mall in Miami, where the BassPro Shop is, and walked through the entire mall; it's enormous. Lots of sales people alone in their stores with their hands on their hips. Looks like you could find about anything in that mall...maybe except customers.

Here's the aftermath of the winds. You can see how churned up the area is that's been directly exposed to the wind...looks like a green milkshake. The darker area is water that's been in the lee of the land.

Shark photo left over from yesterday. This guy's saying, "I'm gonna hang out right here under this ledge out of sight, and the first thing comes along, I'M GONNA RUSH RIGHT OUT AND BITE IT!"

I Washed, dried, and folded some laundry...yawn! Cut a leaky section out of the hose out by the boat...double yawn!

Talked to Wayne...he and Linda spent the day re-upholstering kitchen chairs.

Things are really exciting down here in bad weather.

Went to the Winn-Dixie...place was busy and the shelves needed stocking. I thought maybe in lousy weather, everyone goes food shopping, but talking with Deb on Skype later, she pointed out that the Superbowl is tomorrow. As neither New England nor either New York team is in the SB this year, I'd lost track of it all. But it explains all the guys at the Win-Dix hovering around the shelves holding the beer and Fritos.

Wind howled most of the day, however, has now dropped off to something tolerable, but it is cold. There's something about 60° here that seems very different from 60 in Connecticut...maybe it's all psychological. Normal high here for the day is 75, but doubt that it got within 10 degrees of that today.

Sunset was a bit blah. All that wind must have blown the dust out of the atmosphere. A dirty atmosphere makes for the most colorful sunsets.

"Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon, oh won't you please shine down on me." [Old song lyric.] Needed a tripod for a better shot.

Weather for tomorrow? "Mostly sunny. Highs near 70. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph."

Hmmmm. Maybe!

Islamorada, FL; Everglades National Park; Florida Bay; Florida Keys; fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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