Blue Turtle Cruising

New Pass to Dry Tortugas, June 26 & 27, 2016

With the wedding festivities over, it was time to focus on our trip. On Sunday, we said few goodbyes and did last minute prepping for the trip—running to Publix for groceries, loading provisions and gear onto the boat, etc. We left Snook Bight around 3:30-4pm and headed to New Pass to anchor and raft up Sea Crazy. Once there, we had a captain’s meeting with all crew and family to go over our plans for the trip to the Dry Tortugas. The plan was to leave around 1am with Sea Crazy leading since they have autopilot. We would follow behind them making it easier to drive in the dark with them leading us. Aboard Blue Turtle, we had Randy, Corey and I along with Randy’s nephews, Brandon and Matthew. Randy’s sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Scott went with Sea Crazy.

Heading into New Pass to anchor for the night
Heading into New Pass to anchor for the night
Putting our new koozies to good use
Putting our new koozies to good use
Captain's meeting on Sea Crazy
Captain’s meeting on Sea Crazy
Getting briefed by the captains of Blue Turtle and Sea Crazy
Getting briefed by the captains of Blue Turtle and Sea Crazy

The ride to the Dry Tortugas was beautiful and uneventful. It wasn’t as calm as we’d hoped for and we were getting hit in the beam with rollers the whole way there. We had a couple sea sick folks on the two boats, but we’d seen alot worse conditions to go through and counted ourselves lucky. The seas calmed a bit as we got closer to Garden Key and Fort Jefferson. We arrived around 6:30pm and while Sea Crazy anchored, we deployed a kayak along with Corey and Matt so they could paddle ashore. Once Sea Crazy was anchored, we rafted up next to them.

Beautiful blue - but wavy- water
Beautiful blue water
The boys on the bridge
The boys on the bridge
Captain Kim selfie
Captain Kim selfie
Sea Crazy
Sea Crazy
Almost there!
Almost there!
Sea Crazy followed us as we neared Garden Key
Sea Crazy followed us as we neared Garden Key
Corey takes the helm, with the fort in the distance
Corey takes the helm, with the fort in the distance
Fort Jefferson and Garden Key
Fort Jefferson and Garden Key
Fort Jefferson
Fort Jefferson
Arriving at the anchorage
Arriving at the anchorage
Corey paddles and Matt swims the kayak to shore
Corey paddles and Matt swims the kayak to shore

We deployed the dinghies and Randy, Tammy, Scott and I went ashore with our snorkel gear to snorkel around the fort. After a brief snorkel, Randy and I sat on the wall with a beer and watched the sun go down while Corey and Uncle Scott and Matt snorkeled. It was a beautiful sunset and a great way to start our time in the Dry Tortugas.

Blue Turtle rafted up next to Sea Crazy at the Dry Tortugas
Blue Turtle rafted up next to Sea Crazy at the Dry Tortugas
Old coal docks near the fort
Old coal docks near the fort
Corey and Uncle Scott snorkeling
Corey and Uncle Scott snorkeling
Relaxing with a beer
Relaxing with a beer
Loggerhead Key and lighthouse in the distance
Loggerhead Key and lighthouse in the distance
Beautiful Dry Tortugas sunset
Beautiful Dry Tortugas sunset

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