Vanessa went snorkeling at JP State Park and the visibility was really bad. Several years ago it was the same and we attributed it to rough seas. Well, it appears it's always like that and you have to take a trip 4 miles off the coast to be able to see anything worthwhile. We didn't stay long enough for that. We left Key Largo first thing in the morning since the bugs were out big time and the weather report gave us a day of pleasant winds before it was forecasted to pick up. We got out into the Hawk Channel on the outside and headed to Marathon 50 miles away. We made good time although it was a very uncomfortable ride for several hours, and got into Marathon at about 4 p.m. where we discovered that we could immediately go into our slip a week early. Bliss!
So here we are In Marathon for the next five weeks. Our first night in dock and we were treated to the Xmas boat parade. (Click here for video) It's hot and breezy. Truly tropical. The bar with live nightly (and daily!!) entertainment is 100 yards away. No wonder they call this place "Paradise".
On day one we walked for miles and realized we needed another mode of transport. We were so tired we began hitchhiking and a fellow boater stopped and gave us a lift back to the dock. He suggested buying bikes. So on day two we bought a couple of bikes from Kmart with the intention of selling them on our departure. Feeling we needed some more exercise, we immediately launched on a 10 mile bike ride to check out a boat storage yard. Oooh the agony! We really need the exercise. Our camera had broken at Key Largo so we had to go to Kmart to get a new one. Went to Kmart for some new clothes. Went to Kmart for some beer. Went to Home Depot for our Christmas tree. Sent the Raymarine Computer back for repair. Getting ready for some maintenance on the head senders.- Are we looking forward to that!
All in all we are enjoying the stay and so is Kmart. Hmmm - where's the Super Walmart? A mall anywhere?
Sorry about the limited pics. We bought a new chip for the camera and now can't find it. It had some beautiful shots on it. Believe me!
Lots of maintenance has been done this week. Andrew worked hard on the main engine. Vanessa replaced the sender on one of the water tanks (under supervision of course), and new head senders arrived from the manufacturer....hmm! I wonder who'll be tackling those? We have been exploring a little more of the town each day. (The bike purchase was well worth it)Vanessa took a 2 hour bus ride to Florida City (because there's a Walmart there!!!) It cost $1.85 each way and was a very enjoyable ride. If she could only speak Spanish it would have been great. More time was spent on the bus than in the store.
We are excited because we're expecting Hannah and Bobby (our daughter and son-in-law) to arrive on Saturday for a 3 day visit, so we are busy doing laundry and cleaning up for their arrival. It may be a small boat but there's always tons of cleaning to be done.
We had a enjoyable evening at the local Theatre where they put on a free Christmas show. Click Here for a brief video of the show.
Christmas week - Hannah and Bobby arrived after a 22 hour long car drive from Maryland and joined us for two days. We spent the first day showing them the sights of Marathon and we all enjoyed a few hours on the local beach. On day two we had a full day wandering around Key West. It was lovely to see them both albeit for such a short time. They departed Christmas morning (flying home this time) and we went off to the Overseas Bar with our neighbor Alan for a huge luncheon buffet. A great time was had by all! Andrew slept all afternoon and I went out kayaking.
We have been experiencing all sorts of problems with the fridge/freezer, so much to our chagrin it's time to call someone in. Hope they work Xmas week! OK....we made the call and now the freezer seems to be working fine! "Murphy's Law" did you say? The computer that runs the autopilot was returned from it's trip to the repair shop, and guess what? They could find nothing wrong so $$$$ later we are still in the same boat ('scuse the pun). It's just too hot to do some of the repairs and chores, but a cold front is coming in next week and temps will drop to 75 degrees, phew!!! so we'll be able to work then. For now it's keep cool and prepare for New Years Eve at the Overseas Lounge!
Vanessa went fishing yesterday with Sharon, our neighbor, and the catch was good enough to eat. Not only did she catch 'em, she filleted 'em and cooked 'em. Mangrove snapper are very tasty if you catch enough. Five fish between us. Andrew spent his day sewing bike bags for another neighbor, and I have to say they turned out great. I think he has an ulterior motive though......stay inside in the air conditioning! Whatever works!