Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Fort Jefferson

Interior of the Yankee Freedom II

Ft. Jefferson and one of two snorkle beaches

A moat goes completely around the fort

More moat

The boys came along

So did Shirley

Our ship at dock

I was there too

You can walk all the way around the fort

Another Dry Tortuga

We could have come by seaplane, but no

Part of the fort's parade ground

Inside the fort

Dr. Mudd's cell

View from a cannon port

Changing house

Very nice

Could have come by sailboat, but no

Our gear

Post snorkle cool down

Can we snorkle, can we huh?

Another view from cannon portal


Comin' home

Approaching Key West

Thanks for your service

We traded our truck straight up

Key West marina

Our dinner spot

Very talented group

We got up at 0 dark 30 and drove the 60 miles to Key West to board the Yankee Freedom II boat to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park. Dry because these islands have no source of fresh water.Tortugas was the name given these islands by Ponce De Leon. Built on the largest island is Fort Jefferson which was constructed just prior to the civil war and was manned by Union forces during the war. It was also used as a prison for Union deserters and also for one prisoner of note, Dr. Samuel Mudd who was convicted of being a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination when he set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth. He was later pardoned but wrote home often of the deplorable conditions of Ft. Jefferson. The boat ride was 2 1/2 hours each way and was very nice. It was really a mini version of a cruise. We had breakfast, shore excursions including snorkeling which we both did (yes Shirley finally went in the water). We had a guided tour of the fort and they put on a very nice spread for lunch all included in the price of our tickets. On the trip back they had a bar which was open an hour before sailing and during the ride. All in all it was a VERY nice day. We walked the harbor area of Key West and had dinner on the water while listening to an excellent country/bluegrass group made up of family members from ages 23-13. We looked for a place to stay but the cheapest we could find was $199 plus tax so we headed back to Marathon and the camper. We may go back to Key West Monday. The weather continues to be outstanding. While early September is the best time to go to Alaska, April appears to be the best time to be in the Keys. PS Today is our son in law Scott's birthday, our daughter Collins' b'day is tomorrow so it is pretty hard to forget Scott's. Happy birthday. Enjoy the pics.

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