"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

March 3, 2015

Mar. 2 - Islamorada, FL

Barley Basin - Anchorage

"We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds." —Aristotle

We spent the day in Islamorada. Our first stop was Worldwide Sportsmen. It was started in 1967 by a fly fishing guide by the name George Hommell and two of his well to do clients. The anglers in the Keys had nowhere to buy fly tackle until they opened their store. The store became an institution, and a stop for anglers fishing in Islamorada and the lower keys. Hommell and his partners sold the store to Bass Pro Shops in 1997 and is now a tourist destination in itself. The centerpiece of the store is the sister ship of Earnest Hemingway, the Pilar.

We had lunch at the Islamorada Fish Co. over looking the bay and watching the tarpons. Then we moved the dinghy over to the city dinghy dock next to Lorelei's and wandered through a few shops and a little farmers market that was in the park. We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the boat and taking in the view of the beautiful water. This evening we enjoyed the sunset, first at the beach bar at Lorelei's and then from the deck of The Pearl. It’s still windy and we enjoyed our distractions today as we wait for calmer seas to cross the Gulf Stream.

On our way into town
Worldwide Sportsman in Islamorada 
Views from our table for lunch
A nice little farmers market with organic meat, fresh veggies, coffee, tea, cheeses, bake goods and flowers
Fresh coconut water. We learned a little more about which coconuts have the best meat and which are best for the water.
Fresh pastas of all kinds
One of our views from the anchorage 
Lorelei's Beach Bar

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