Coconuts on the Beach!
29 January 2011 | Marco Island
Naples.. what can I say? Our primary mission while there was to get to the Apple store to have the Mac repaired and for Dave to take care of the dinghy repair. On the first night we took a fairly expensive roundtrip taxi ride to the Apple store (only to be told that they would look at it and get back to us within 48 hours). By the 2nd day, dinghy repairs had turned into head repairs too and after a call from Apple, David and I decided to split ways in order to accomplish everything that needed to be done. We walked together about 10 blocks to the bus stop where David put me on the wrong bus and he headed another couple of miles on foot to West Marine. At some point I realized the bus was going in the wrong direction and embarrassingly spoke up. The nice Jamaican driver took care of me and saw to it that I got on to the right bus. The bus system is comical and confusing and apparently only passes any one place every 90 minutes (or 75 minutes, or 100 minutes.. Jamaican time?)
I also had a case of missing my family blues, but after talking to most of them either by phone or computer over the last few days, I'm good for now. XOXO
I am ecstatic to have my Mac back (well not mine, but a newer one). And after having used the PC we brought primarily to run the boating software for a few days, there is no doubt in my mind that once you go Mac....
Today truly was like a new day. The best day yet! The weather was beautiful and warm. Me & Turbodog walked several blocks to the Naples Farmers Market where I loaded up on all kinds of fresh, organic, locally grown and baked goodness... for CHEAP!! Got some blackened ahi tuna salad and fresh french bread loaves that we had for lunch.. fresh carrots, snow peas, tomatoes, celery, bell pepper and lots more. We got back to the boat and for the first time put on shorts!! David fits right in of course, but man am I pale!
Around 11:30 we bid adieu to Naples and headed just a short distance south to Marco Island. We found a great anchorage behind Cannon Island (check it out on the google earth map). Once anchored we dinghyed over to the small uninhabited island, walked barefoot, picked up some shells and Turbo was free to run without his leash. And the best by far.. coconuts on the beach! You know you're in the tropics when there's fruit in the trees. Back on the boat we enjoyed a nice meal with some of our fresh veggies and fresh pastries for dessert.
We're near the entrance of Calhoun Channel. Can't miss us.. we're the only boat here. Come by and have a drink!