We booked a ferry from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park and changed the departure date a few times to avoid the forecasted wind and rain. It's kinda tricky judging the weather down here based on the forecast after living in North Alabama. A 60% chance of rain here may amount to nothing more than a light sprinkle sometime during a mostly sunny day, whereas the same forecast in Huntsville means rain gear and significant wetness. Another factor is the magnitude and direction of wind and wave height. We would like for there to be as little wind as possible especially if we are to be doing any snorkeling.
After getting up at 5 AM and eating a quick breakfast, we forked our scooter and buzzed off into the dark for Flagler Station to get aboard our high speed (30 mph) catamaran ferry that took us 75 miles west to Fort Jefferson.
Arriving at the Fort 2 1/2 hours later, the weather was cloudy and cool, so no snorkeling for us. We brought our gear to snorkel but even the people who wore wet suits were complaining so we took that off our things to do list. This place is still primitive from the standpoint of running water, electricity, internet service, bathrooms (none). There were more amenities during the Civil War than there are today. Luckily, we were able to use the facilities on the ferry boat that we came over on. You can stay here and camp for up to 3 days if you want and take either the ferry or the sea plane back to Key West. It's tent camping on the sand if you into that sort of thing.
This is probably the most laid back National Park we have ever visited. Basically, they told us not to do anything stupid and turned us loose to explore on our own. There is a self guided tour after the 20 minute talk on the history of Fort Jefferson that you can take, snorkeling anywhere you can get in the water (except the mote) and hike around the Key and look and only look at all the conch shells, coral, hermit crabs and seashells washed up on the beach. Like all other National Parks, take only pictures, leave only footprints. If you don't know much about this super interesting place then click on the link above and you will be amazed.
That's a short look at the news and here is a long look at the views:
Our 75 mile route from Key West to Fort Jefferson on a ferry boat
Anyone ever told you your name will be Mudd if you do such and such? This is where they threw the doctor that helped Booth after he shot President Lincoln.
Looking down from the top of the Fort
Powder magazine from outside
Looking back at Fort Jefferson
Looks like the work of girls to me
Hermit crabs all over the key all dressed in their claw picked coverings