The ferry to the Dry Tortugas provided a sandwich lunch.
Night to at Boyd’s
“It’s a landshark… (in reference to Freg taking pictures of awful beers)”—Ant
The Dry Tortugas was sweeet! A lot of good shots. Now to do some homework and head to the sleeping bag.
Wow. Wow. Wow. The Dry Tortugas. I hardly put the camera down, which makes life a little tough the next couple of days, but so so worth it. This place, completely disconnected from all technology (thank goodness) is one of the most naturally beautiful places we have ever been, not to mention that the fort itself is an amazing structure, built almost entirely from brick hauled from New York, and drenched in very interesting history.
Breakfast was prepared for us on the boat ride out, and Dramamine is sold for a dollar a dose (some folks, actually a lot of folks were wishing they had spent that dollar wisely before boarding the boat). Because the ride out was abnormally rough, we were dodging victims of sickness the entire ride. “Take cover! Duck” Poor folks. Thankfully, we were perfectly fine on a moving vessel, so we enjoyed the morning.
We arrived on the island around 10:30AM, after a 2.5 hour boat ride (on the most beautiful blue water we’ve ever seen). Lunch was available between 11:00AM-1:00PM. An hour-long fort tour was available upon arrival and of course, self-exploration of the entire island is perfectly fine. If you’d like to snorkel, you have the entire island to do so. I tried the snorkeling toward the end of our stay, but found that the water was choppy- making visibility less than prime, plus, I noticed there was a 4.5-5 ft. barracuda patrolling the area near where I was swimming. Good thing I am extremely intimidating.
After taking several hundred photos and plenty of footage, it was time to board the boat for a departure at 3:00PM back to Key West. We were pretty sure we heard crew members saying they had sold all of the Dramamine, so needless to say, the ride back to Key West was much less eventful and much more sleepy- especially for Ant and I who made a cheers for the official day one of this awesome experience with a couple of Coronas on the boat ride back. Cheers indeed to an awesome day one!
Day 1 of our adventure across the U.S. starts in the Dry Tortugas off the Keys in Florida. We had incredible weather while touring this amazing piece of historical ground.
Stickers on an old truck outside of a bar in Key West draws your attention to seek out what’s inside.
The interior of a bar that Ant and I found as we roamed the streets of Key West, FL early in the morning while we waited to board our boat for the Dry Tortugas National Park Tour
I enjoyed the atmosphere of this bar that Ant and I found early this morning as we roamed the streets of Key West while waiting to board our boat for the Dry Tortugas National Park
Give this wheel a home. Part of the wall decorations at a bar with killer atmosphere that we found early this morning while wondering the streets of Key West waiting to board our boat for the Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Jefferson entrance way on the island of the Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, FL. We had beautiful weather today as we toured this fantastic piece of history.
View down one of the halls of Fort Jefferson. I like the bird peeping out at the bottom.
Master brickwork within Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park near the Keys in Florida. Amazing place and some of the most beautiful natural atmosphere I have ever seen.
View from inside Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park near the Florida Keys. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been
Anthony reading something interesting about cowlicks and beer guts, no doubt.
A bay next to the Dry Tortugas National Park dock. The view from the top of the Fort really portrays the sense of seclusion
In all her glory. Our dock and the boat we rode for a couple of hours to get to the Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys. What a beautiful place!
View of dock and moat at Fort Jefferson at the Dry Torugas National Park in the Florida Keys. We had beautiful weather today while touring this amazing place!
The lighthouse and cannon atop Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park
“I’m on a fort!” Ant tours the perimeter of the Dry Tortugas National Park near the Florida Keys. We had incredible weather today as we toured this amazing place
View from the top of Fort Jefferson
Fort Jefferson is neat. Ant and Freg doing work at the Dry Tortugas National Park.
Looking for some fish.
Birds just posin’ and hanging out on a glorious Key West day. The birds seem to be soaking up the sun.
A beautiful day out at Key West. You can view birds looking for fish on old pilings left over from a dock.
A textural shot of some of the deadwood found at the Dry Tortugas National Park
Top brick ornaments
Do your job well Fort Jefferson.
Another view of unfinished wall of Fort Jefferson
That’s good enough … right?
Found this guy sunbathing.