Thursday, February 18, 2010
Our layover in Marathon, FL
We walked to Crane Point Preserve and Nature Center one day. It's a nifty little slice of Florida like it used to be: thick black, red, and white mangrove forests, the oldest tabby house in Florida (outside of Key West), and lots of trails to explore. They also house the Wild Bird Center that rescues and releases injured birds.
These blasted things are spread out in no obvious pattern across Florida waters, both in the ICW and outside in Hawk Channel. Captain Pete just loves dodging them. Some mark stone crab traps and some are tied to spiny lobster traps. They kinda remind you of Tom Hanks' "Wilson."
We had anchored FAR away from the City Marina's dinghy dock because the 250+ mooring balls were already in use, and many (as in another 150) boats were anchored out. It was a long ride in. So I chose to stay aboard two days, catching up on my reading, instead of getting a bouncy wet ride in to shore.
Our son Dave also introduced us to a challenging website with challenging trivia categories. Try http://www.sporcle.com/ and try any category. Pete and I must have killed a lot of brain cells, because we haven't aced any of the categories.