Marathon is an interesting area and very boater-friendly. We had a pleasant and peaceful sail down the Hawk Channel with an overnight at Rodriquez Key. Upon arrival at Boot Key Harbour, we found that little had changed – the same wildlife and lots of available moorings.
Wing drying perfected!
We had no idea how long we would be staying but started out with a month rental on the mooring ball. It turned out to be two months on the dot! Some of the very special experiences when sailing or at anchor are the sunsets.
Boot Key Harbour, Marathon at sunset
More sunset shots in Marathon!
It just doesn’t get more beautiful
Fascinating vegetation as we ride by the houses on the canals
Scout gets her bottom cleaned – what a mess!
It becomes necessary to wash and wax the dinghy bottom at least every three weeks. Alternatively you can raise the dinghy out of the water every night – somewhat of a pain to do, so we settle for the cleaning adventure off the beach at a state park.
Scout looks beautiful once again!
On our trip out to the park we saw a very decrepit large, old dinghy that had been transportation for nine Cubans who made it safely across the Gulf Stream and got their feet on dry land in the US. For doing that they get to stay and they get some money to start out their new life in a new country.
Very scary transportation to take across the Gulf Stream!
The crowd in Marathon is a very eclectic group. There are many cruisers, just like us, and then there are the permanent residents who live on their boats full time because it is the cheapest way to live. Both their dinghies and their boats can be a sight to behold.
Moby Dick gets a new look!
The Blue Bomber makes it into port!
Barbara (foreground) from Bob Ra Anne gets ready to fill up at the Legion
Kent and Jane on Carina had a Miniature Schnauzer which Ron dutifully babysat while his owners were off dancing
The talented cruisers perform, while we listen, sing along and dance
Joey (dark hair) and Jim (yellow shirt) aboard My Pleasure were often the source of laughter and good times
Kent and Jane on Carina kept the party lively
There are many activities to keep you busy in Marathon – Mahjong, yoga, seminars on cruising, battery management, solar and wind and just about anything you can imagine. We attended many of them and learned a lot about the systems on our boat. When you realize that this wealth of information is free, it makes Marathon a stop that you won’t want to miss.
All good things must come to an end so we responded quickly when a weather opportunity to cross to Cuba presented itself – February 13th, the day before Valentines Day.
To spruce up Judy’s bike and add an element of fun to each ride, we got a parrot horn to honk at friends and others that we passed on our rides. When we loaded the bikes aboard in preparation for the crossing to Cuba, the parrot was too precious to leave on the bike so he graduated to the helm, and he has been there ever since!
During the crossing, Ron tried to feed an errant flying fish to our parrot – everyone knows land birds don’t like fish!