Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Snorkel Key West? This week?

With the wind blowing for the past few days, it's been nearly impossible to enjoy the water. Small craft advisories have been up, and most sane people have avoided going out to sea. But last night a friend told me of a company still running people out to the reef for snorkeling. I don't care how much you want to do some Key West snorkeling, when the reef has two to three foot of chop and nearly zero visibility (due to the winds) I don't think it's in anyone's interest (alright, maybe the owner's) to bring novices out their.
Fortunately, the wind's are due to lie down...just in time for the powerboat races that occur each year at this time. The whole event is sort of surreal. Key West is normally pretty laid back. To see these overpower and roaring machines racing into the harbor at over 100 miles per hour while being chased by a swarm of helicopters can rattle the sedate nerves of a local. The winner is usually the boat that didn't break down. One has to wonder if these boats cause damage to the marine life. Last year, turtles were seen in the area (like there aren't always turtles in the area) and they delayed the race.

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