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Mar 24, 201311:04 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Wrapping Up a Month in Marathon

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Earlier that day, we'd spoken with Doug and Jeanne, our friends from Apollo Beach. They were headed for Key West to visit their daughter and son-in-law and said they'd check back with us when they drove through Marathon to see what we were up to.

Doug and Jeanne had seen our post on Facebook and no sooner than we had gotten our table, but who walks into the Sunset Grille but Doug and Jeanne! In the picture from the left is, of course, Rosie, then Kris, Kayte, Jeanne, Doug and Don. We all had a good dinner and watched the sunset. It was pretty late when we finally left the restaurant. Doug and Jeanne had gotten a spot at the nearby campground at the last minute, and Don and Kris dropped us off at the City Marina and then went to their room at Banana Bay.

Don called on Saturday morning. They had to check out of their room but wanted to spend some more time with us. Believe it or not, we decided to go back to the Sunset Grille again, in order to have a late lunch and soak in their pool.

We had a monster lunch, and all of us but Kayte tried some of the "specialty drinks" on the menu. We all got in the pool, along with what seemed like 200 kids (to me, anyway) and watched the water clarity diminish as the afternoon progressed. Wonder why?

It was then time for our visitors to go. They were headed back to Fort Lauderdale for a couple more days but were starting to talk about staying here in Florida for another week. The weather forecast in Missouri isn't a promising one; about a foot of snow was predicted for Sunday.

Don and Kris dropped us off again for another tearful goodbye. I seem to be getting better at these things, and Rosie is getting worse. I think it has something to do with how many "specialty drinks" we may have had.

Rosie and I went back to the boat, and boy was Holly glad to see us! We took a little nap and got up before sunset. An acoustic "jam session" was planned for that evening at the City Marina Tiki Hut, so we loaded up our chairs, cooler, Holly and our laundry bag, and took the dinghy over and joined several of our boating neighbors here in the harbor for some music.

Rosie did some laundry in between cocktails. Holly barked and howled, depending on the music. We met some of our boating neighbors that we'd only been waving at for the past month. It was a pleasant evening, and we had a great time. It had been a long day, however, and it took its tole on us on Sunday morning.

But we had plans! First, it was off to the local Legion hall, where they were serving their last breakfast for the season. For $7 or $8, depending on whether or not you want steak, you get coffee, juice, grits, two eggs anyway you want 'em or a three egg omelet, potatoes, toast, bacon or sausage, and a pancake! Best deal in town.

Then, we walked to Publix and did some more shopping. By the time we got back to the boat, we were both bushed. Our fridge had defrosted while we were gone, so Rosie cleaned the shelves and then loaded up the stuff we'd put in our coolers. I touched up some scuff marks on our vinyl seats with some white shoe polish that we bought, and then we just rested for a couple of hours.

We made a short dinghy run over to the office, and to dump some trash. We had to turn in the keys to the bathrooms in order to "check out" of the harbor. Then, we took a ride over to the Marathon Boat Yard, where we need to be first thing on Monday morning. I wanted to scope out the scene, so I wouldn't have any surprises when I pulled in there with the big boat.

We're following "The Trawler Beach House" on their blog. Chuck and Susan are in the Bahamas, and if the weather is co-operative, we'll loosely follow their route from Bimini to the Berry Islands and then on to the Exumas.

I've called BoatU.S. and changed our coverage to include the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, for only $100 extra per year. They break that down, so for less than $10 per month, we'll be covered over there and we can change it back when we return to the U.S. I had them send a confirmation via email, so there's no question about our coverage.

The blog will be dormant until I can get back to our desktop. I wanted to post this entry, even though not a whole lot happened that would interest most people. But it did interest us, and we had a great time, albeit short, with good friends.

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