10 January 2014

• #9: Islamorada Journal 2014…10 JAN [Back to the Lorelei]

Caryl and I beat the mob to the Lorelei restaurant in Islamorada on Friday...by getting there before 4 pm. You see, Friday was the first decent day in nearly a week. We knew everyone would be heading there as most Lorelei dining is al fresco and everyone had been cooped up inside for days.

Sure enough, folk started streaming into the place right about the time of our arrival.

We had conch chowder which actually had a lot of conch in it. The stuff we had at Island Grill the other night was made from a recipe that probably went like this: "To 1/2 pound of fresh conch, add 5 pounds of potatos...." You get the idea.

The Lorelei chowder was good. As you can see from the photo, I ate most of mine before remembering to take a picture.

More folks arrived; the band tuned up;and...

...here's my blackened mahi sandwich with freshly-baked potato chips. Excellent piece of fish.

Interesting: If you order a fish sandwich in many restaurants, it costs $9.95 to $12.95; if you order a fish dinner, you get the same piece of fish, plus some veggies, and it costs $26.95. Go figger!

And we had the famous frozen key lime pie which rates 10 out of 10 on our KLP scale.

Back at the house I went out on the basin wall to cast a few flies [no bites] and photograph the sunset.

Movement caught my eye right under my feet...and there was a manatee cruising under the water not 4 feet away. Grabbed the camera and got only this shot of her going away toward the sunset.

At another point before I quit for the evening, two great blue herons flew between me and the house at eye level. Didn't get a photo of them.

Tomorrow, may actually be taking the boat out and going fishing...providing the earthquake in Cuba hasn't started up a tsunami.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• African Fish Grab Birds Right Out of the Air

“The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just seen….”

See the video at this link: ScientificAmerican.com

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