February 6, 2013

Day 127 - February 5, 2013: Islamarada and Lorelei's

With the weather front finally having passed, and the waves settled, we headed out to Hawk's Channel on the outside (south side) and proceeded north to Islamarada. At Channel Five, we went back inside (north side) and took the ICW up to Steamboat Channel and anchored off the Upper Matecumbe Key.

When Henry Flagler was building the railway down the Keys, he selected differing designs for some of the causeways. A couple of these causeways were designed after the Roman aqueducts with repeated archways made of poured concrete. Here you can see the abandoned one at Channel Five dwarfed by the new causeway bridge that has a 65 foot vertical clearance.

Channel Five
The inside is very shallow in general and takes constant attention to keep off shoals and out of the protected grassy areas. We arrived safely early in the afternoon, and it was a perfect day to relax on the sundeck and do some reading.

Magazine
Kindle
My idea of the Keys was to put my feet in the sand while enjoying a brew and listening to some music. Today was the day! We dinghied into Lorelei's for just that event. There was warm water, palm trees, live music that anyone of our age would know by heart, and great fish sandwiches for dinner.

Lorelei's Tiki Hut on the beach



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