15 January 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012...15 JAN

Sunday: Small craft advisories are in effect for winds to 20 kts [23 mph] for this afternoon.

A check on the buoy out on Molasses reef confirms this as it's registering 18 kts with gusts to 21.

This means we're on the dock for another day.

Winds are supposed to be 15-20 kts on Monday which may hold us on land still further.

A check of the thermometer shows just about 60°; normally it should be 74 here at this time of year.

Not to complain, however.

Deb and I are sitting here looking out at FL Bay where there's a sailboat race going on: "...three-day North American Multihull Sailing Association North American Championships and 2011 Tradewinds Midwinter Open Cat Nationals."

Clearly, those sailors are a hardier bunch than we.

So it's a beautiful view and if we put on long trousers and a hoodie, we can sit outside and watch the fun.

Winds are supposed to drop to the 10-15 range on Tuesday and to 10 kts by Wednesday, so we have that to look forward to.

These five photos are all from Saturday night's sunset.

Amazing how the scene changes as the sun goes down...and as the photog plays with the telephoto lens.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the world...

Luxury Cruise Ship Runs Aground Off Italy

”Passengers described a scene reminiscent of Titanic, saying they escaped the ship by crawling along upended hallways, desperately trying to reach safety as the lights went out and plates and glasses crashed. Helicopters whisked some survivors to safety, others were rescued by private boats in the area, and witnesses said some people jumped from the ship into the dark, cold sea.”


Ask Lefty!

”I am dabbling in saltwater fly-fishing, but it seems people use only one fly on the leader. Is it wrong to use two flies?"

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Connecticut Not Doing Well on Sound Cleanup

”Connecticut and New York have made great strides in improving wildlife habitats along Long Island Sound, but they still have a long way to go in cleaning up the Sound itself. That’s the verdict from Save the Sound, a group working to protect the coastline.”


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