We were invited by our friend Doug to visit him at his new home in the Florida Keys. He recently moved south to a house on a canal with direct access to both the Gulf and the Atlantic. It has been a number of years since we have seen him so we accepted quickly. He is living one of my several dream retirements with a place on the water with boat dock in the back yard.
In compliance with the guest and fish keeping rule, we spent three days there and had a great time. (For those unfamiliar with the guest and fish rules, it is rather simple: both fish and guests stink after three days.) It seems, like always this year, the weather could have been better. But we had a great time catching up on what everyone has been up to.
We explored the favorite Keys pastimes of eating and drinking at the local establishments, which was a lot of fun. We also dropped by a local fishing equipment emporium, where they have Earnest Hemingway’s fishing boat on display.
While the weather was not good enough to get in some ocean fishing, we did get out in the boat a couple of times, including a crab pot check and a waterborne sunset.