The scene at Key West is something to behold. I am not talking about the dry land part - interesting but not unpredictable.
The mooring/anchoring area is a trip. I suspect many folks have taken over derelict vessels and are essentially squatting on abandoned boats. One vessel seemed to have several families living on it. An old, pretty, large sailing hull
apparently had been stripped of her decks and accommodations to be replaced with a multi-story "house" made entirely of dimensional lumber
, complete with swing set. During the day, the Moms would head
for shore in their waitress uniforms and the kids
swung on the swing set and swam all day. Late at nite, the Moms would return with groceries, etc. There was a "social service
barge" that made the rounds to vessels where troubled souls resided and offered pump outs, water
and counseling. Off in the distance was a very large sailboat that had grounded on a reef during a hurricane
. Ongoing efforts to free the multi-million dollar mega-yacht were ongoing and, at the time, going nowhere.
I watched one guy spend 30 minutes trying to start his ancient outboard
on a leaking RIB
finally row over to my boat to bum a cigarette. It was surreal.