National Hurricane Center
04 December 2011
After our arrival in Cocout Grove we were fortunate to be able to meet with old friends from League City, Bill and Donna Read. Bill and Donna moved to Miami about four years ago when Bill was promoted to National Hurricane Director for NOAA weather. Saturday they chaffuered us around Miami and Bill gave us a personal tour of the NHC. It was a truly fascinating experience touring the facility and meeting some of the staff. It gives me a very positive feeling on hurricane forecasting after seeing not only the computers but all of the forecasting tools and the dedicated staff under Bill's leadership.
Afterwards, we were able to pick up some provisions, see the new Marlins stadium and have lunch with Bill and Donna at a waterfront cafe. Hopefully they will be able to join us in Marathon this winter.
We walked thru downtown Coconut Grove (Cocowalk) one evening to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Looking at the decorations in almost 80 degree weather with all the palm trees in a very tropical setting falls a little short of creating a tradional feeling of Christmas. The weather has been fabulous, although a little windy.
I met a long time former business associate, Connie Fox, on the docks. He asked us about our dog while we were out walking one evening and then we both recognized each other. Connie lives on his boat in the marina. It had been about 20 years since I had seen him. Connie then treated me to lunch last Friday and we were able to catch up on old times and associates.
Cathy, my personal barber and dentist, has been busy. While in Ft. Lauderdale my front cap broke again and I was able to get it rebonded when we got to Coconut Grove. The dentist said if it broke before I could get a new tooth to just super glue the cap back on. My cap came loose again that night, so Cathy applied her dental school skills and my super glued tooth is doing quite well. Shortly therafter she cut my hair. Wow! What a woman.
If the weather projections hold we will leave here early Tuesday AM for Rodriquez Key (Key Largo). We will anchor there Tuesday night and then sail into Marathon on Wednesday. We will then spend the next three to four months at Marathon Marina. We are looking forward to getting active in the local community and the Methodist church.
The attached picture is from the media room at the NHC.