"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

January 2, 2015

Jan. 2 - Marathon, FL

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ­- Saint Augustine

We're here...in the warm sun of the Florida Keys. In a cruiser's winter play ground, a day camp for adults. We're told there are all kinds of activities to get involved in…tennis, fishing, boat seminars, baseball, crafts, swimming, book reviews, you name it they seem to have it here. The question is how involved do we really want to be. The way to find out what is going on is to tune into the cruisers net every morning at 9:00 on VHF channel 68. A volunteer controller manages the net traffic and it’s always very informative. The net begins with arrivals and departures, so people know which boats are in the harbor.

Next, they move to announcements. This is were they announce all the various organized activities that will be taking place the next couple days, like Yoga, tennis, Bache ball, softball, crafts, HAM luncheons, SSCA meetings. After announcements comes “Treasures from the Bilge” where cruisers can buy, sell or give away unneeded items. Then it's on to the questions, comments or need help section. Here cruisers can seek help with NY boat issues, mechanical or otherwise or anything else they need to know.

I think we’ll start slow and observe for awhile…no reason to jump in too fast, we’re going to be here for two months. We do know several boats in the harbor and we know a few more that will arrive soon. My main objective for the moment is to relax and get over this holiday cold I have. Seems like a great place to do that.

The water is beautiful
The welcoming crew on the Seven Mile Bridge as we came into Marathon
Our friends on Exuberant going out for a sail with their family
Boot Key Harbor is getting full
Our dinner view from Dockside Tropical Cafe

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