Anyone that has spent any time in key West knows a person born in Key West is a Conch. A name they are very possessive and proud of.
Our time in Key West was also some good Family time. We did spend a lot of time on our boat, and brought in some great seafood. Sherry caught the largest fish, a 20 lb Grouper. She was pulling in a small Snapper when the huge Grouper hit it.
Mark caught a large Longusta (Florida Lobster). We all got a bite of it. We agreed as a family, that the Longusta was as good as the Maine Lobsta. But our favorite saltwater fish was the Snapper.
We picnicked on the smaller keys, snorkeled in the tropical waters. The ‘continental Shelf is about 12 miles out where the depth goes from 20 feet to over a hundred feet of BEAUTY! While snorkeling you see the bottom just as clear as day. As in Cuba, we could float, looking thru the face mask and breathing thru the snorkel, and enjoy the absolute unchallenged beauty of the tropical sea life and coral formations.
Sherry worked for NAS AWP (Awaiting Parts section) of Aviation Supply. After awhile she and a couple ladies car pooled. Once settled our school was not far from where she worked, but our hours were different.
(These colors are no exaggeration. thousands of these)
We did not get into sports activities except with the boys. Mark was in little league football and Sherry was the Team Mom. The boys did not race Moto Cross anymore, we were into boats and fishing.
One day while the boys were at school and Sherry and I were off, we took the boat out for a picnic on Christmas Tree island. Just off the shore of Mallory Square.
(Our boat, a Cuddy cabin with a Chrysler engine)
We beached the boat and set up our picnic lunch. As we were eating, about 25yards up the beach a nekkid man walked out of the bushes and went swimming. We kept on eating. In a couple minutes another nekkid man came out and went swimming.
I had had enough, “If a nekkid woman doesn’t come out of there in a few minutes, we are leaving,” I declared.
As if on cue this nekkid lady walked out and went swimming with the guys. Then it was my Sherry’s time, “We are out of here, put this stuff on the boat!”
Thanks for coming along.
There are facts in life, but what is good for the goose ain’t always good for the gander!
I also found this ‘55 Chevy for $50 in Key West! The car had no heater and had never been off the Keys. Mark and his Mama on the trunk of my treasure!