Sunday, December 11, 2016

Playing in Marathon

Biking on the Gulf side.

We are having a ball checking out Marathon. We walk and bike around Vaca Key slowly trying out all the restaurants and sightseeing. It is fun to meet each new day with almost nothing on the calendar that needs to be done. We do occasionally have tentative plans to meet other cruisers for lunch, dinghy cruises, sundowners, walks or fishing. But, most of the time we get up in the morning and eat breakfast before listening to the Cruiser's Net on the VHF radio. Then we just decide what we feel like doing. Yup, it is pretty rough duty.

We went for a dinghy cruise with two other couples and enjoyed a day of snacking and talking. A day fishing aboard Roger and Peggy's Mainship called Never Say Never was a good education for Mike on trolling and rigging for larger fish. The fishing wasn't real successful, but it was a fun day anyway. Bike rides and walks to restaurants and stores help to get us some exercise.

Happy Birthday Brenda.

Brenda celebrated (well maybe tolerated is a better word) her 60th birthday on November 11. The kids along with Karen and Peter bought her a Stand Up Paddle Board. She grinned like a little kid as she tried it out for the first time.

Mike's mom Dee sent us a package at the marina. We each received a baggy full of our favorite Christmas treats. Brandy Balls for Mike and Caramels for Brenda. It is taking great restraint not to eat them all in one sitting.

We signed up to attend the Christmas dinner for all the boaters in Boot Key Harbor. Apparently they cook a whole bunch of turkeys up and all the attendees bring a potluck dish. It will be fun to spend the day with so many other sailors.

So many fun things already and we haven't even scratched the surface. It is a good thing we have lots of time to keep playing.


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