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

January 27, 2016

Jan. 26 – Marathon, FL

Sombrero Resort & Marina

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Although the weather hasn't been the greatest (pretty much the wettest and coolest on record) this year we are trying our best to stay busy. We've had more than several days that I haven't left the cabin or even changed out of my jammies...good days to watch moving on Netflix, made possible by the generosity of our neighbors for letting us sign into their unlimited wifi. Other days have been cold, windy and cloudy but no rain so we try to get out and do something...mostly visiting with friends, enjoying happy hours and sharing meals. Being in Marathon really is about spending time with friends and we are truly enjoying that.

Besides social gatherings I've filled my time with basket weaving, Mexican train dominos, a little shopping, DVD exchanges (remember everyone has been spending a lot of time on their boats), reading, cooking and on occasion a little cleaning. One day seems to run into the next.

Today we woke up to a normal Key's morning with plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures, so we had a chance to enjoy Marathon for the reasons we are here...the sun and the water. We started our day by sitting on the flybridge and enjoying our coffee, the first time we've been able to do that in two and half weeks. But the best part of the day was actually getting out on the water. Our friends on Exuberant invited us to go for a sail. What an amazing way to spend a winter day.

It wasn't a trawler type day, the wind and waves were a little too high to make a comfortable ride on our boat, but on their 44' Hylas sailboat we had a great ride. We flew across the water at 7-8 knots and enjoyed the spray of the sea and the breeze and the sun in our faces. It felt wonderful to be on the water. Thanks Burt and Prue for the invitation.

A few of the basket weavers at the City Marina
My new basket...it's coming a long, but it still needs a little work.
Dinner and game night on Amici 
Dinner and game night on The Pearl...are you seeing a pattern here. When there's bad weather you have to find inside things to do.
Sailing on Exuberant.
Look at that water...amazing!
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