Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our layover in Marathon, FL

I am going to be in serious need of Weight Watchers when we get home. My bum knee is still talking to me, so I'm getting little walking exercise. We enjoyed a humongous lunch at Keys Fisheries one day. It's a legendary spot for $1 stone crab claws for lunch, but the open air deck was not appealing on that cold day. Instead, Pete bought a pound of them another day and we cracked them onboard. MIGHTY tasty. The cool thing about these huge claws is that they are taken from the living crab who is then returned to the seas to grow another one. That takes about 18-24 months, but it's "sustainability" at its finest.

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.

I found one crab trap float the day after the big storm that I'll add it to my flotsam collection on our porch at home.

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.

But we had "cabin fever" one day. Luckily, Deb and Dan invited us to a Sunday afternoon of Mexican Train Dominoes on shore. It took Pete and me a while to get the gist of it, but it's the traditional Sunday afternoon pastime for Marathon sailors. We met lots of nice folks and now have another past-time other than Rummikube and Scrabble.

Our son Dave also introduced us to a challenging website with challenging trivia categories. Try and try any category. Pete and I must have killed a lot of brain cells, because we haven't aced any of the categories.

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