Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Flying north

On AirTran, not MicMac
Another week of fronts from the north and continuing high winds are on the way. So we're flying back to Virginia tomorrow for a few weeks. We look forward to catching up with friends and of course driving to SC and Delaware/Philly to see our parents, the SC family members, and Dave and Heather. Skype is a wonderful way to see Brody, but he's having his first birthday soon, so we'll fly up to Boston to see him and Julie and Rob in person. Then there's the foot and a half of magazines and mail, and doctor and dentist visits. Sure hope that a cortisone shot can address my bum knee.

MicMac will wait for us here in Islamorada at the Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina under John's watchful eyes.

Plantation Yacht Harbor's beach
I recommend Plantation Yacht Club Marina in Islamorada for anyone with a boat that doesn't draw more than 5' and who wants good protection from these blasted fronts in the Keys. The mangrove breakwater makes the whitecaps out on Florida Bay a non-issue. John is their terrific dockmaster with an amusing sense of humor. A marina slip includes all the amenities of Founders' Park: a sheltered beach with showers; bocce, volleyball, and tennis courts; a huge pool; a dog park; a community band shell with free concerts; picnic tables and gas grills that work; locked showers and laundry room for marina residents; and cable and pump outs at EVERY slip, a real luxury.

It's warm today (mid 70s) but blowing 20 -25 (gusts to 30) all day. I walked to the park/marina beach, where 3 kids and their parents had the whole place to themselves. Maybe we'll even try out the community pool before the thunderstorms move in.

While home, I'm going to try to learn how to blow our conch shell at sunset. Something new to introduce at Two Rivers?

Every night here in the Keys, you can hear a cacophony of conch shell blasts. Some sound like beached walruses, some rather melodic.

No postings for about a month.

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