In the Land of Local Knowledge
06 December 2015 | Marathon Key, FL
Help, Boot Key Harbor has taken us hostage! With 3 cold fronts in 4 weeks, we have been hunkering down here in the best-protected anchorage in the Florida Keys. Meanwhile we are drinking in the local knowledge that comes from being surrounded by some 400+ fellow cruisers. Wade has advised me how to catch lobsters; "Diesel Dan" has agreed to be spearfishing buddy; Kevin and Lynn have shared all their secret anchorages and fun restaurants; Bob and Carol Abel taught us the etiquette of sundowners (we were doing it wrong); and so on.
After a trip home for Thanksgiving, we returned to Aria with Honey in our car, so we are all adjusting to the big changes that having a dog aboard entails. She continues to be a great icebreaker. There is a fraternity of cruiser's, yes, but among cruisers there is an even tighter fraternity of cruisers with pets. We have joined this sub-cult, thanks to Honey's multiple trips ashore each day.
Meanwhile, I have been working on a mysterious electrical problem, testing out our rainwater collection system, getting the dinghy legal and a dozen other boat tasks. The wifi here is fast, and Tammy has been catching up impressively on work. We have a car for a few weeks, so we no longer have to walk to the grocery. Such luxury!
It's safe to say, we are both sick of the rain. Every pair of shorts I have has a wet butt. We are hanging clothes below decks in a desperate attempt to get something dry.
On the plus side, we are no longer suffering from that lost feeling of nothing-to-do. So perhaps in that regard we are settling in to some degree. Cruising, I am beginning to think, is less about moving myself from one place to another as it is about changing the patterns of my life - not because there was anything wrong with the old patterns, but just because it's fun to try something new. I have never been much of a joiner, but we are diving in here, being "Yes Men," to the opportunities around us. In the absence of such changes, cruising has the potential of being nothing more substantial than a change in geography.
But if this rain doesn't quit soon, there may be a MAJOR change in our geography!