Key West, Little Palm Island & Duck Key
by Brent Cook

On Sunday morning, April 5th, six boats left Caxambas Pass in calm seas heading for Key West, Little Palm Island (LPI) and Duck Key.  The boaters were Brent & Susan Cook on Cookin’; Denny & Denise Rising on Denise’s Hope; Joe, Vicki & Nikki Herrin on Our Lady; Gerry & Linda Odenbach on Odiekanobi; Fred & Pat Beier on Sea Crop; and Joe, Sue & Tiger Anzalone with Pat & Allison Garrity on Knot Wading Around . 

The fun began in earnest with a fantastic dock party Sunday night where, as normal with MBYC events, we had enough food to feed everyone in the Marina.  We had extremely hot weather in Key West and, unfortunately, the Anzalone’s A/C picked Sunday night to quit working!  Luckily, Joe found a great refrigeration guy that had it going by Tuesday morning.

Food seemed to be the major event of the entire cruise with a great dinner at A&B Lobster House on Monday.  On Tuesday night we split into three groups for dinner with everyone enjoying their favorite Key West dining establishment.  On Wednesday we departed Key West in favorable seas for the 30 mile trip to LPI where once again food was the main event.  If you have not been to LPI, it begins with a three- course lunch, followed all-too-quickly by a four-course dinner, and ends with a two-course breakfast the next morning.  The LPI motto is “Do Nothing” but Joe Anzalone amended it to “Do Nothing But Eat”.  All of us, including the Key Deer (whom we called Bambi), had a great LPI experience with outstanding food, weather, and fun together!
Thursday morning, after breakfast, the Anzalone’s boat and the Beier’s boat headed back to Marco under the Marathon Bridge and had a smooth ride home after Joe got untangled from a crab pot.  The other four boats headed for Hawks Cay Marina on Duck Key.  This part of the trip was a time to kick back, enjoy marina life, and clean out the boats by eating everything that was still on board.

On Friday morning the remaining boats headed for Marco in two-to-three foot seas but at least it was a “following” sea, which meant we just got a little less wet.  Gerry Odenbach picked up a little sea grass in his sea strainer and had to take a couple minutes to clean them out while Linda decided she didn’t like boating anymore…….but, thankfully, she got over that feeling as soon as we got back under way.

I think Joe Herrin summed it up very well when he said, “It was the best trip ever!”

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