“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale”


Approaching Fort Jefferson.


“The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle” Our transportation from Key West to the Dry Tortugas.  Just Brett, myself and a hundred and ninety something other shipmates.


“No phone, no lights no motor cars, Not a single luxury, Like Robinson Crusoe, As primitive as can be.”  Actually, at the time we visited, 10 people were living on the island full time. Several park rangers and their families. They built this make shift house into the side of the fort. They have all the same things I have in my home. Civilization is only a 2 1/2 hour boat ride away that is made daily. It’s weird to think about staying out here. Would you get lonely? You would hope everyone gets along.


Typical “Dead wood on the beach scene”. Brett said the wood looked like a swan.


“In the tropic island nest.”


Critters on a log in the water.


Critters on the sand.



Beach flowers were everywhere.


Walking along the moat wall.


On the top of the fort.


The other side.


The view from the inside. The water was amazing.

Fort Jefferson is old. You can read about it here. It was great to walk around and pretend you are the only one there. On your own private island.  After walking around looking for birds, having lunch on the boat and then swimming and watching the fish, we headed back to Key West. I’m glad our “Minnow” made it back okay. We had smooth waters both ways.

All “quotes” from Gilligan’s Island.

Skywatch Friday

5 thoughts on ““Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale”

  1. That was a wonderful trip you made. The fort is fantastic and the waters surrounding it look like the Barrier a reef. Must have been great to swim and snorkel there. The link says there are a lot of birds there and unless you ar going to show them another day, I am surprised they are not in this pistol.

  2. Between your visit to Dry Tortugas National Park on the 21st and mine on the 24th, there were reports of a Chestnut-sided Warbler. I hope you got a glimpse of the straggler, Dina. The water was not so smooth on the return on the 24th. Between the speed of the Yankee Freedom III and the headwind, I would guess those on the bow (once they were allowed on it) were dealing with a 40-45 mile per hour wind.

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