|Seven Mile Bridge - where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean|
Since my last post about wind and waves we have been snorkeling,
sunburned and satisfied in Marathon! First, full disclosure – originally we had
reservations in Stock Island (Key West) for the month of February through March
15…we cancelled those plans!!! And will be in Marathon until February 27…happy,
The Lower Place was due for some underwater maintenance and
phase 2 of needed repair we discovered in Fort Myers Beach. Marathon Marina has a lift and boat yard to accommodate
everything we needed AND qualified contractors to get the job done correctly
and timely. So why would we leave?? And BONUS….our friends on the boat Priorities
offered their front berth to us! So on Thursday 2/4/2021 we were hauled out and
blocked up! Shortly after that, Priorities left Boot Key Harbor mooring field
and pulled into our slip. So we were off
our boat but still in our slip…win, win!!
|The Lower Place - blocked up for a spa weekend|
We were allowed to do some work on our boat while it was
blocked up – but no sleeping!! So while
Brett with Bottoms & Props and Prop Tec worked his magic under the boat (with
Charlie’s help) I made certain there was electricity for the fridge, batteries,
etc. to survive until we were splashed back in. Since that didn’t take long (for
me) I spent the rest of the day walking, visiting and pool side.
|Sunset Friday 2/5/2021|
During my visiting on Friday, Irving and Sara on s/v Doris
Emerson invited me to join them for a road trip to Big Pine Key….ummmmm….YEAH!!!!! A nice stop at Bahia Honda State Park only
made me want to stay longer but it was off to Winn Dixie in Big Pine Key…and
YES, that was fun too!!
|Bahia Honda State Park sand castle!|
Super Bowl Sunday was a little quiet around the marina but
we still enjoyed pool time! We were able
to watch the game aboard Priorities and even though the outcome was
disappointing we were thrilled to have a controlled environment with good
|A quiet Super Bowl Sunday|
SPLASH DAY!!! Here
comes The Lower Place…dipping her toes back in the water!! We missed her but so thankful she is running
strong!! Since our friends on Priorities
were still working on a couple boat projects and we needed a sea trial (test
drive) to confirm repairs/maintenance in good order we headed out to Sombrero
Reef, grabbed a mooring ball and snorkeled for a couple hours!! Salty (Jim and Sherry) and Mona Gee (Scott
and Shelly) joined us – the more opinions the better!!
|My heart is in my throat...always!!|
The Lower Place was smooth, quiet and handled the beam seas
like a champ!! WAHOOO!!! And the snorkeling
was fabulous too….and several from the marina were already there. John and Joanne (No Limits) were there in
their dinghy and held the mooring ball for us...thanks guys!!!
Priorities finished their projects and headed back to Boot
Key Harbor and soon thereafter The Lower Place slipped back into #88…home
|Home again...hello slip #88!!|
Tuesday – Saturday 2/9-13/2021
I don’t have a clue where the time went!!! We have been busy cleaning the boat inside
and out…amazing how dirty a boat gets sitting in a dusty yard!! Laundry, major
grocery store visit, yoga, pool time…it’s a busy life!!!! We are so blessed with perfectly HOT, sunny
weather that allows us to visit outside, socially distanced or sit in our air
conditioned boat. We are blessed!!
So it’s not lost on me that the majority of readers are
sipping warm beverages, letting their faucets drip to avoid frozen pipes and
looking forward to above freezing temps in the future. Hang in there….this too shall pass…it’s only
Stay healthy and God bless
Bonus pic....when you're doing laundry after a day on the water (removed mask for full effect) LOL!!
|Clean clothes make me happy!|