After our first night aboard, we landed in the Conch Republic, Key West. We caught a shuttle to the other side of the island, where we spent the next couple of hours kayaking in and out of groves of salt water mangrove trees. From time to time the guides would stop and show us such things as sponges, sea cucumbers, jellyfish. We saw a nurse shark and paddled down narrow creeks and through thick tunnels form by mangrove branches.
After kayaking, we ate lunch at Hemingway's old hangout, Sloppy Joe's.
After lunch we walked up and down Duvall Street, going in and out of the different shops and just enjoying the beautiful day.
We went back on board about 1:30 and bade a fond farewell to Key West. That night we dressed up for the Captain's Dinner. The food was fantastic, as it was the entire voyage.
Next stop: Cozumel.
From my opportunity to teach in our gathering this morning:
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