Our second day in the Keys was bright and sunny, so we launched the sailing kayak right after breakfast and we were out on the water nearly the entire day. According to the charting app we had on our phones, we sailed a total of 25 miles (40 km) and had a top speed of 15 miles per hour (24 kph). We meandered and poked all over the place from Grassy Key up to Fiesta Key.
For some extra excitement, we pedaled under the Long Key Viaduct from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean and promptly sailed back again – the Atlantic side being a lot rougher than we were expecting. We only learned later that the Long Key Viaduct is a known hangout for HUGE hammerhead sharks, which you can search for on YouTube here.
On this voyage, we also encountered our first shoal – an area where the bottom suddenly rises sharply to within a few inches of the surface of the water – which you can see in the video around the 2:55 mark, as suddenly calm water that we got to within a few feet of before bearing away from it. Considering that it was likely a coral shoal, avoiding it was a good idea. Our sailing kayak only drew a few inches of draft with the boards and rudder up, but there was no sense in risking it.
Something that we marveled at during these first few days was the complete lack of other people and boats on the water – we were the only ones there! It was amazing!
Once we finally tired of all the sun and fun on the water, we went back to the resort, showered and changed, then went out for our anniversary dinner at the nearby Key Colony Inn – probably one of the most formal and nicest dining venues in that part of the Keys. Highly recommended.
All photos taken with an Apple iPhone 5S
Video taken with a Sony waterproof digicam