Blue Turtle Cruising

A weekend trip to Merwin Key

With Christmas around the corner, Randy and I decided to get away from the marina for a quick weekend trip. This was also a great opportunity to test out our new windlass system that we had installed a couple weeks ago. We headed out Saturday morning, December 22nd, and planned to come home the morning of Christmas Eve to spend time with our families. Randy’s father, John, also came along for the ride.

View as we left from Snook Bight
View as we left from Snook Bight
Randy and John (his dad)
Randy and John (his dad)
Miss Sophie staying warm in her sweater
Miss Sophie staying warm in her sweater

Once we reached Merwin Key, we were able to get anchored successfully. The weather that day was very windy and at a high of 66 degrees, very cold (by Floridian standards)! I stayed indoors to keep warm and fired up the generator to make a pot of chili. We had a quiet and peaceful evening. The next morning was gorgeous and thankfully, not as windy or cold. Randy and his father worked on a boat project or two in the a.m. before we headed out on our kayaks in the afternoon.

Blue Turtle anchored at Merwin Key
Blue Turtle anchored at Merwin Key
Randy replaces one of our electric outlets on the boat
Randy replaces one of our electric outlets on the boat
Boat Weenie, Sophie, stayed behind and guarded the boat while we went kayaking
Boat Weenie, Sophie, stayed behind and guarded the boat while we went kayaking

Kayaking in the area is fantastic. There is plenty of wildlife in the area for fishing, taking photos or sightseeing. We spotted an abundance of dolphin, manatee and birds as well as fish.

Randy kayaking and fishing
Randy kayaking and fishing
White Ibis in the mangroves
White Ibis in the mangroves
White Ibis in the mangroves
White Ibis in the mangroves
Cormorant drying it's wings
Cormorant drying it’s wings
White Pelican in flight
White Pelican in flight
Group of White Pelicans on a sandbar
Group of White Pelicans on a sandbar
White Pelican taking off
White Pelican taking off
Johnny settles into his usual pose
Johnny settles into his usual pose
Blue Turtle at dusk
Blue Turtle at dusk
A beautiful sunset to end the trip
A beautiful sunset to end the trip

We made it home around noon on Christmas Eve with Just enough time to clean up the boat and head to my sister’s house to spend the evening with family. We are really looking forward to our next big trip to Cayo Costa (from Dec. 27th-30th) and then on to Palm Island Marina to spend New Years with friends.

1 thought on “A weekend trip to Merwin Key”

  1. Looks like a great trip! Amazing photos of the pelicans- especially in flight and taking off. The ibis is beautiful too. And how did you catch that “Johnny in his usual pose” photo? A rare shot indeed. Poor Sophie, left alone on the Blue Turtle. . .

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