Key West

May 19, 2014 Posted by Deb

Are We In The U.S.A.?

Are We In The U.S.A.?

Key West Customs was legendary in the old days and not in a good way. The way they treated us on re-entry and especially foreign boats eighteen years ago made us angry and embarrassed for our country. Back then they told us to not get in the line with the lady who had small handcuffs on her necklace.

Now they are professional and pleasant. We called, got a clearance number, cleaned up and went to 301 Simonton the next day. They want all your garbage, produce, and meat and they aren’t kidding. We dumped our garbage at the dinghy dock and got a mild lecture for not hauling it all the way into town. We did have to turn off our cell phones and go through a security scanner but we got “closed out” and a “Welcome back to the U.S.A.” in a matter of minutes.

And now it’s Key West time. We don’t feel like we’re really back in the U.S. because this place is where the really strange people hang out. They call it the Conch Republic. We’ve reunited with many boats that were scattered to the wind and are now converging on Florida to wrap up their sailing season. Way too many calories, alcohol, and late hours but we may not be together again like this for a long time, if ever.

Battling the Mooring Ball in the North Winds

Battling the Mooring Ball in the North Winds

Oysters at Pepe's with Aquila, Windsong, Aquadesiac and Neytiri

Oysters at Pepe’s with Aquila, Windsong, Aquadesiac and Neytiri

Captains Talking Boat Projects, Crew Talking World Peace

Captains Talking Boat Projects, Crew Talking World Peace

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