|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, happy, happy!!!
|Shrimp, Avocado Salsa & Chips...yum!!!!
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 friends!!
|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 again!!
|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 weather!!!
Stay healthy and God bless
|Clean clothes make me happy!