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Travel Day 98 to Marathon, FL 1/25/22

We had a short run to Safe Harbor Marathon Marina but there were boats occupying our slips so we had to slow down. It was only 11.6 NM but we stretched it in to 2.5 hours. The ocean was flat calm and gorgeous so it wasn't a hardship. We were placed on the floating dock again in slip 1. It is right next to the fuel dock so we were able to see all the big boats come in for fuel and stay one night.

The day after we arrived, our daughter Sydney, Regina and Leanne Zick and Kathryn Graves came to visit for 5 nights. One night we also had Danielle Eisenman. Unfortunately we had a little cold spell with overcast skies and wind. They weren't able to do water activities but we all made the best of it. We went to the Turtle Hospital, the Dolphin Research center and the girls went snorkeling from Bahia Honda State Park and visited Key West. We met Chris and Kim from Pura Vida II and we all went out to dinner on Big Pine Key at No Name Pub.

Sydney, Danielle and Hal and I went for a dinghy ride through Boot Key Harbor one day, as we braved the cold.

A beautiful sunset with Sydney.

Hal and I met Jeff and Doris Warren on Two by Two. They were so nice, they had contacted us through Nebo. We went to dinner with them and enjoyed seeing each other's boats. We also had a dinghy ride side by side. Jeff was kind enough to share his routes up the east coast.

Sombrero Beach is close by and we went there several times to enjoy the sun and salt water. We traveled there both through the harbor and by the ocean. Hal and I used the dinghy frequently as we went out to watch the sunset and explore. The dinghy is so easy to get up and down and so comfortable to ride in that we are using it quite a bit.

Happy hour at Lazy Days!

Jack and JoAnn arrived on the first, so it was great to hang with them again. We all enjoyed the pool and happy hour at the bar in Lazy Days restaurant. Chris, Mary, Jack and JoAnn went to Pickelball. Unfortunately, I was sick again and couldn't go.

One morning, Mary, JoAnn and I took a bike ride to Pigeon Key. We rode on Old 7 Mile Bridge which is 2 miles each way on a beautifully marked road. There are mile markers and bike lanes. Another day I walked it. We never visited Pigeon Key, maybe next year.

Hal and I visited Bruce and Kate Kutz at Faro Blanco Marina. They own Sadie Belle a GH37. It is so interesting to go on all the different GH37 boats because they are all so different. It was so nice meeting them again. We met them originally at Stock Island. They had stopped by with their friends. I hope to see them again, as well as Betheny and Greg from Seamore Odyssey.

We had a wonderful meal at Florida Steak and Lobster for our "last supper" with Jack and JoAnn. The sushi was amazing and everyone enjoyed the evening. We hope to catch up with Jackpot again along the east coast.

A little bike repair.

Fooling around on US 1!

I really didn't think I was going to like Marathon because there is no"town" to walk around in and to get anywhere you have to travel on US1, however, we really enjoyed our stay and want to come back. I found out there are things to do at the library, yoga and meditation, and pickle ball at the park. We were just getting the lay of the land when we had to leave. We are hoping to get reservations there for next year, although there will be construction and no one knows if they are going to have slips available.

Saying good bye to Marathon!

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