Genie Green Electric

The 7-mile bridge

The 7-mile bridge

A place that fascinated me for many years were the Florida Keys & the crazy idea to connect all those islands with bridges for a total of 126 miles, even more! From Key Largo, the largest island to the tip of Key West, the Keys are linked by 42 bridges scattered along the 126-mile (209km) historic US-1, including the 7-mile bridge. The Seven Mile bridge is as the name suggest, 7 miles (11,6km) long, 65 feet (21,5m) high and provides boaters easy access from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean as well as inland waterways & canals.

Amazing Jay & Suli

Amazing Jay & Suli

As we travelled along the spectacular US-1, we appreciated the hard work and efforts of all those who made this crazy idea happen!  Driving from island to island on the ocean is just an unique, incredible experience! Key West was actually the place I wanted to see but when I looked deeper into it, I realized there was much more to the Keys than Key West and so I searched for local people who would be keen to let me see their idyllic place through their eyes. And I couldn’t found a better host than amazing Jay!

Amazing Jay making his tasty smoothie !

Amazing Jay making his tasty smoothie !

How lucky can a person be… Jay was a adventurous man who made a drastic decision in his life after a unfortunate heart attack. He did what we all should do! He decided to follow his dreams, bought himself a beautiful catamaran, named it ‘Genie Green Electric’ and moved to the tropical waters of Marathon, one of the biggest Keys with the finest beaches, located right in the middle between Key Largo & Key West. Now what was great about this man is that he was eager to share his passion with travellers around the world!

Amazing Jay teaching the first sailing tricks to Alexander, Max & Jessica

Amazing Jay teaching the first sailing tricks to Alexander, Max & Jessica

Chris & I were the lucky few to be able to share that dream and we met Jay on a sunny afternoon at the Coral Lagoon Resort. We were not the only ones to share his dream that day and Jay brought us to the swimming pool in his resort where we met Suli & Bec, 2 young girls from respectively Switzerland & Australia, Jessica & Manu, a lovely couple from Germany & Alexander, a young fellah from Russia. As if that’s was not enough for a extremely warm welcome, Jay made us all a delicious home-made smoothie with a touch of Bailey’s on his boat.

Out @ sea

Out @ sea

After a good night sleep under the stars & a tasty breakfast at Leanne’s place, we hit the sails and sailed to Coffin’s patch, a great snorkeling spot in the colourful reefs surrounding the Keys. Jay thought us a the nasics of sailing, how to work as a team, help each other, take turns to navigate, …

Snorkeling among jellyfish @ Coff's Patch

Snorkeling among jellyfish @ Coff’s Patch

What a wonderful experience! When we finally arrived at Coff’s Patch, we realized that the place was infected with huge jellyfish and the ones who were brave enough to dive into the ocean, came back covered in bites even if they were wearing wetsuits.
The light afternoon breeze brought us back to land and Jay suggested to have fresh lobster for dinner. Jessica & I drove into town for some groceries while the others helped Jay on the boat. Afterwards I drove with Manu to one of the fishermen’s places in town and bought some fresh lobsters for a tasty dinner on deck.

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