Swing Set

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time


A Milestone

Starting with the good stuff about living here in Key West on our boat; the picture above is from one of our afternoons on the dinghy at the Boca Chica sandbar. No, we aren't trying to rig up a sail for the dinghy; we just use the umbrella for shade when Holly gets too hot. Today marks exactly two years since we moved onto Swing Set full time. If you've been reading our blog this whole time, you know that for the most part it's been a very positive experience and we wouldn't trade the last two years for anything. Even though we are staying put here at Stock Island Marina Village for a while, there are still fun things to do and side trips to make, but we have some outstanding projects going on and want to clear them up before we take a trip to Fort Jefferson...

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Having Other People Do Things For You Is A Lot Of Work Sometimes

Let's start with some fun stuff! In the picture above is James and Marny with us at Turtle Kraals last week. James and Marny are friends we met at Lake of the Ozarks late in the last century. We haven't seen them since we left St. Louis almost two years ago. They came down with their son, Alex, on the Key West Express, a ferry that operates from Fort Meyers, where they had been visiting Gary and Judy, our mutual friends in Cape Coral. The weather was great last week, and we were able to spend time at Dante's pool and get Swing Set out of her slip two days in a row. We took a 34-mile route one day out around the western end of Key West to show James and Marny downtown from the water, and then we cruised out to Sand Key Light, where we saw the sunken tug boat Tilly...

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Zoomin' on the Zuma

Here's Rosie standing next to our new Yamaha 125cc Zuma, the 15th motorcycle I've ever owned, and even though it's technically a scooter, it belongs on the list of motorcycles. You Harley riders will just have to live with that. Even though a better deal could have been made on a larger, used bike of some kind, once you begin to learn the ins and outs of scooter parking here in Key West, you can quickly see that smaller is better. If you can't find a secure place to lock your ride to a post or rack with a cable, you won't have it long, and the Zuma is the most stolen scooter in the Keys, mainly because it's the most popular. Being a popular model, it will make selling it that much easier when or if the time comes to go somewhere else, but in...

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The Red Tub Boat is Gone, Really Gone

I'm starting this post with a picture that was taken by "Ferd" when the Fenton gang was down here a couple of weeks ago, just because we like the photo so much. Ferd is Sharon's boyfriend, and Sharon is the pretty woman smiling between Rosie and I when we spent the afternoon at Schooner's Wharf. Now, I'm not a reporter, so I don't have to research the facts, and I won't because then this becomes work, and I'm not looking for more work, but the facts, as I know them, about the red tug boat that I wrote about a couple of blogs ago, is that we woke up one day and Tilly was being escorted out of the channel into Safe Harbor, as promised, one month after it came here. The boat, when we first saw it, was named Tilly, and if you Google Tug...

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Even Sitting Still, Things Break

When the Fenton gang was here last week, Robert "Ferd" Frank was nice enough to take some photos, and even nicer to send them to us once they got sorted out. I explained to Ferd that, even though I do take a fair amount of photos on our travels, I like it when we have company and someone else is doing the camera work. I can then concentrate on the "captaining duties." There is distraction enough when the boat is loaded with passengers, let alone me having to drive and take photos, too. Just look at this photo Ferd took when we were all at the Hogfish Bar! Check out his website at ferdworks.com for more of his spectacular photos. As indicated by the title of this blog, we still get systems failures on the boat even while parked here dockside. Like...

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