After we left the reef then they took us over to mule island where we got to kayak - saw some gorgeous birds and learned a little about the flora and fauna of the area. We also swam in the ocean but with the strong waves we didn't stay out long. They set up lunch for us then - wonderful salads, everything was delicious including the four inch fresh shrimp - a huge bowl of them - yuuuuummmm! Then they raised the sails and we sailed for about an hour. We had hoped to see dolphins too, but there were none to be seen. They took us back to the port and we got to walk through Key West about a mile back to the boat. It was a seven hour tour - we left at 8:15 and arrived back at port at 3:30 - what a fun fun fun day.
Another day at sea (they were the relaxing days while the days in port were busy) Then we landed at Grand Turk, part of the British West Indies. Here is the view of the beach from where we got off the boat. We had time to go and grab a bite to eat at Margaritaville - the only place to eat, before we caught the van to a spot on the other side of the island. It was another beautiful beach. They proceeded to teach us how to SNUBA...another great experience. We were able to swim right down along the sea floor about 15-20 feet down. Ed and I are now talking about maybe taking scuba lessons.
So we had another wonderful day at the beach - both snuba'ing and snorkeling and shopping at the little native stores.
One more day at sea and then back to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning. We ate escargot and frog legs and all sorts of wonderful meals. We met a lot of warm and wonderful people and make some fantastic memories.