DaY 66 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURE
01/05/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Well today the wind starting calming down and I did a little brightwork. We discovered that the two doors were both leaking when we had a terrible rainstorm somewhere in North Carolina. So, fixing them has been on my mind since then. It doesn't seem to rain here in the keys. Cold front brings strong wind but no rain. So, anyhow it was a nice day in the mid 60s to work outside. I quit at lunchtime and we were supposed meet some people to go on a dinghy trip if they were not tied up with a new watermaker that they were having installed. When we dropped by their boat it was locked so we set out on our dinghy trip by ourselves to Sombrero Beach. It was a nice trip and we pulled the dinghy up on the beach and went ashore for a while. Really pretty water out there, but still too chilly for snorkeling. We hoped back in the dinghy and went up some canals looking at the homes. Nice vantage point from the dinghy. After retuning back into the harbor we motored down to the local watering hole ( Dockside Bar and Grill ) What a cast of characters. We had a drink and took in the conversations and headed back to the boat for sunset and dinner. And as announced on our cruisers net this morning, the International Space Station flew overhead at 6:37PM.
Believe I'm gonna hit the bed early tonight and try to jump right on the sanding and epoxying of the door leak in the morning. WE are staying in Marathon at least until 1-3-11 and will be staging to go to the Bahamas from here.
Todays picture is me at Sombrero Beach. Water is beautiful.
DaY 62 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURE
01/04/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
January 1, 2012
Happy New Year, again! Rose Parade, NOT this year! No TV, but we really do not miss it! After coffee and the Cruisers Net we decided to take a walk and find lunch!! Gradually, we are finding out where things are, but we still needed some exercise, so we started out. We had seen a West Marine from the bus on Friday when we went to Key West, so we headed that way. We never found Burdine's, a recommended eatery, so took a tour of West Marine and ended up taking home a hoisting harness for the dinghy motor we borrowed from Nelson and Carter. Thanks, SO MUCH, guys!! We enjoy taking dinghy rides and are getting better at this. We ended up at another recommended eatery (by that I mean, open air, somewhat self serve, lots of fun and GREAT local dishes), called Keys Fisheries and both of us ate lobster tacos with a side of smoked fish spread. Smoked fish spread and fried conch fritters are a Florida staple on the appetizer menu! We may go back there to eat or get fish from their fish market. Almost worn out, but not totally, from this long walk, we visited Daffy Doug's which is a big Dollar Tree type of place at the beach. As you may have noticed, I write about FOOD! This has been a very nice first day of 2012!
Picture is Liquid Therapy hanging on mooring E4
DaY 61+ OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURE
01/04/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Day__, December 31, 2011
New Year's Eve we started the day by listening to the 'Cruisers Net', which comes on over VHF channel 68 every morning at 9AM. Their agenda is multi purposed: to introduce boats new to the Boot Key Harbor community and bid farewell to those leaving; to give general announcements of daily happenings, such as spanish and yoga lessons, get togethers; to connect the community to service people they may be searching for; to buy, sell, trade anything; and to train our brains with trivia questions. Very useful. They are starting another Cruisers Net at night where people can chat back and forth about common issues. Today, on this show, they announced a New Year's Eve get together at our marina Tiki Hut, so we took an appetizer and went over at 7! Lots of fun, many people. Before this get together we visited by dinghy the Dockside Bar and Restaurant. This is a colorful place where locals go. We did have a delicious home made Bloody Mary and considered going back for New Year's Eve prime rib. Ultimately, we decided the Dockside dinghy dock was too small to go back to on this holiday eve, in the dark, so, after the Tiki Hut party, we walked just across the street to Annette's Lobster and Steak House for a quiet dinner!! We were both tired, for some reason. So, after a fruitless search for a live feed of the crystal ball drop in Times Square, we fell asleep by 10:30!! Hark: we were awakened at midnight by conch blowing and fireworks!
Happy New Year to Everyone!!!
DaY 64 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURE
01/03/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Well Susan is still procrastinating on her blog for 12-31 and 1-1-12. So I'm fielding 1-2 and 1-3. It's all about weather today. Yep Suz just canceled our reservations at Blackwater Falls Lodge in Davis, WV. It was 9º at 3PM. I have been going to Canaan Valley,WV every year since 1972. Until 2012. So, now I sit in Marathon with the temperature at a near low record. It's 55º as I write this!. When we were in Key West and took a tour bus, it was exclaimed that Key West had never been lower that 41º EVER! Key West is 49 miles south of where we are. So, it might get in the upper 40s tonight. Figures - we take a once in a lifetime boat trip and the temperature is hovering around an all time low and it's been windier than anyone can remember. Today we caught up on mail via my Brother, Eddie. And started sanding another door and Susan caught up on many little tasks.
We are Hemingway territory and like Hemingway are writing AFTER happy hour. Alcohol gives clairvoyance in expressing ones self in print. And sometimes in a bar via speech. Or at least that's what we were told in Key West. So, we are trying out blogging under the influence. I don't think that's against the law YET.
I'm starting a novel write now. (See how clever "write" instead of "right")
Let's see a good title for my novel. "THE OLD GAL AND THE SEA". nope too sexist. "THE SUN ALSO SETS" That could work. Attached is the cover to my new novel. Hey the sunset even looks cold.
DAY 61 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURE
01/02/2012, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
Well. Susan is going to actually type the 12-31-11 and 1-1-12 Blog. BUT, I HAVE GOOD NEWS Susan found my good camera today. So the photo I'm attaching is from my good camera is our great Christmas Eve dinner at the "Green Turtle Restaurant in Islamorada. TURDUCKEN is the dish. Turkey stuffed with Duck stuffed with Chicken.
DAY 60 OF OUR GREAT ADVENTURE
12/31/2011, Boot Key Harbor City Marina mooring E4
And of course. Sunset at the famous Mallory Square in Key West