Sunday, September 27, 2015
Finally the last day is here! We pulled out around 10:00 and headed south for the last leg. 40 miles to go, and we thought we would never get there. We had a direct headwind blowing 10 – 15 knots the whole way. Seems like my life, always bucking a headwind. Not much to see on the way, ocean on the left and a long string of Keys on the right. We pulled into Boot Key Harbor just after 5, and got a mooring ball. We were amazed at all the boats, some in not such good condition that were anchored, on moorings, or up in the mangroves, abandoned. The City Marina office was closed so we couldn’t register until tomorrow, but we dinghyed to the dock anyway as we needed provisions, and talked with several fellow sailors that explained the options to get to the store. We decided on calling a taxi. They will take you anywhere on the island for $6. They dropped us at the Publix grocery store and we stocked up for a few more days. Waiting for the taxi to pick us up, the bottom dropped out. When we arrived back at the dock it had slackened off enough to make it back to the boat. We then made dinner and turned in early. We were going to watch the lunar eclipse, but it continued to storm all night.
21 days and 1220 nautical miles of adventure, covering every emotion imaginable. We witnessed parts of America only seen by boaters, from the wildlife to the scenery, it was all enjoyable. The people we met along the way were all kind and helpful, and we truly appreciate their interest in helping us on our journey.
This was a trip we will cherish in our memories forever.
Monday, September 28, 2015
We moved from the mooring ball to Marathon Marina. After three weeks of constant traveling, we needed full hookups so we can clean the boat, wash clothes and put everything back in order. This is a luxury marina, compared to what we had in Norfolk. Really nice bathrooms, showers, laundry and pool, with a restaurant overlooking the sea for watching sunsets. Check out the live webcam at http://www.marathonmarinaandresort.com. You can see our boat to the right of a blue sailboat. You also might see us at the pool.
We really like all the liveaboards we have met so far, and would like to stay for the winter, but we are on a waiting list. Hundereds of boats come to Marathon for the winter and if you haven’t made reservations six months in advance at this marina, you will not be guaranteed a slip. We will find a place somewhere though. We have postponed going to the Bahamas for a while, as I need to replace the shaft seal on the boat before any long trips. We will be taking the next month to explore the island and surrounding keys, going snorkeling, fishing and soaking in the culture. Eventually we will return to Virginia to retrieve our vehicles and return to Marathon, where we intend to spend the winter. I will find a job and life will return to normal, or as normal as it can get in paradise.