Fort Jefferson


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Published: January 28th 2005
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This is the boat that we took Dry Tortugas Fort Jefferson National Park

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Dry Tortugas Fort Jefferson National Park


January 28, Friday

We were up early enough to watch the sunrise. On this little island we didn’t have to move very far. After breakfast we went kite flying. The wind was just perfect. Bob has a “stunt” kite with two cords controlling the kite, mine was much simpler but lots of fun.
By 10:30 the boats began to arrive with lots of those tourists disturbing our peace?! We managed to catch up with the tour this time and had a more comprehensive tour of the fort. We went to Dr. Mudd’s cell, he was the physician that assisted John W. Booth with a broken bone. He was considered a traitor for aiding the man that murdered of Lincoln. He spent hard time at this Ft. for following his Hippocratic Oath. Long after his death he was exonerated.
Bob and Joe went back snorkeling and spotted barracuda and a huge starfish. Ginny and I walked on the beach until Jimmy Buffet arrived and things got exciting.
Mudd’s cellMudd’s cellMudd’s cell

He cut this grove in the floor to drain water
His plane swooped in, then his fishing boat picked him up to fish, and he returned to tour the fort. Being in the ocean water and having no fresh water to shower, I was ready to leave. There was an outside shower on the boat.
We yakked all the way back with Joe and Ginny, what neat folks.
Back on dry land we made it to Mallory Square for sunset. I was whooped. We went back to the campground for a delicious shower and onto a campsite for a good night’s sleep.



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Kite/Moon and KellyKite/Moon and Kelly
Kite/Moon and Kelly

Kelly flying a kite at Dry Tortugas Fort Jefferson National Park
Joe and Bob scuba diversJoe and Bob scuba divers
Joe and Bob scuba divers

All the fish got a big laugh out of this
Hermit CrabsHermit Crabs
Hermit Crabs

They were all over the place and people pay for these things
Jimmy’s BoatJimmy’s Boat
Jimmy’s Boat

He got off his plane and went fishing We did not have the camera with us when he came ashore to visit the fort


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