Blue Turtle Cruising

Keys bound—Jewfish Basin, June 28, 2014

After a restful night at our Isle of Capri anchor age, it was time to head further south toward the Florida Keys. Since we cut our 1st day trip short because of the storm, we had 80 miles to cruise to get to Jewfish Basin in the Keys.  We typically cruise around 6 knots, sometimes 7 if we’re with the current and it took us 12 hours. Needless to say it was a long day. I took a mid-morning nap since I was awaken at 6:20am which the sound of the engine starting. The boys took turns at the wheel up on the bridge while jamming to a playlist on Corey’s iPod. We even had a few dolphin ride the bow of the boat for a while and I was able to get one of them on video.

Randy and Corey at the helm
Randy and Corey at the helm
It was a mostly clear and gorgeous day
It was a mostly clear and gorgeous day
Sophie up on the bridge
Sophie up on the bridge
Corey searching for land
Corey searching for land
Dolphin riding the bow of our boat
Dolphin riding the bow of our boat

Video of dolphin riding the bow of Blue Turtle

Later that day I decided to attempt my first workout on board while underway.  Those of you who know me, know that working out is always on my priority list. Randy and I usually workout at the community center on Fort Myers Beach and we usually do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts that I create myself. I stumbled upon this great No Jump Workout and modified it some. It’s exactly what I was looking for since I didn’t want to be do anything high impact on the boat. Only equipment needed was my 10lb medicine ball and 15lb kettlebell. Thankfully, we have a space large enough for me to do it in our main salon and we had calm seas that day. It was definitely a great workout and I was glad to be able to find a way to be active even while at sea. You can check out the details of this workout here.

Even with such a small space, I can still manage to get in a great workout.
Even with such a small space, I can still manage to get in a great workout.

Finally, around dinner time that day, we made our way into the pass to Jewfish Basin. It’s a very nice little anchorage near Key West with great protection that we found out about from our Snook Bight Marina friends, Joe and Glenda. We even commented that it would have been nice to spend a few more days here exploring all the sandbars. Later that evening, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset.

Corey gets in a little fishing before dinner
Corey gets in a little fishing before dinner
How beautiful is this?
How beautiful is this?
Sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico
Sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico
Randy and Corey enjoying the beautiful sky
Randy and Corey enjoying the beautiful sky

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