2/25 – 2/26
This sign, just after passing Gilbert’s heading South, says “Welcome to the Keys”, the official waterway entrance to the Keys on the inside. We decided to travel on the Gulf side, through Card Sound and into Florida Bay. It was a little windy, which makes for rough water in the ocean. These birds nesting on mile markers are a common sight down here. Boats like ours can pass from the gulf side to the ocean side or vice versa at this opening in the famed Seven Mile Bridge, just south of Marathon. At this point all cruisers and sailboats heading South must go out into the ocean to make the rest of the run to Key West because of very shallow water in the inside; the ICW ends here. Now we were once again in the Southern Keys.