Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Still in Marathon, Hopefully Not For Long (aka Dirty Jobs)

Once again its time to catch up. Yes, we are still in Marathon enjoying our time here but we did get delayed by a "Dirty Job". This is one for the T.V. show and one most cruisers hope to not have to address. We woke up one morning to find the pump out fitting on the rear holding tank leaking into the bilge. Our son Evan summed this situation up in one word...NASTY. Without going into stinky detail, lets just say it took several days but its now fixed with a shiny new pump out fitting and some other convenient tank modifications. It's just another speed bump in the cruising lifestyle. They say the definition of cruising is "fixing your boat in exotic locations". This continues to hold true.

In between addressing the dirty job, we have had a chance to enjoy this interesting location called Boot Key. There are about 200 moorings here and when we got here it was almost full.



There always seems to be some interesting things going on everywhere we go. The first weekend there was the annual Marathon Seafood Festival which was really many vendor booths selling their various wares, a large stage with musical entertainment all day long, and a big tent with several types of mostly fried seafood to munch on. I have to admit my clam boat was tasty.

A short dinghy ride up Sister Creek you get to the ocean side and there is a very nice beach to walk on and swim. We pulled our dinghy up on the shore and went beach combing.










Exploring around in the dinghy we stumbled upon a Manatee hanging around in a marina.




And of course we did find a favorite outdoor restaurant called Burdines that had a wonderful view out the main Boot Key channel.




Next on the agenda was another event we were lucky to be here for, the Boca Chica Key Air Show at the Navy Air Base featuring the Blue Angels. Its very easy to get around this part of the keys. There is a bus that runs throughout the lower keys all day that costs only $2 each way. It takes you all the way down to Key West.

The air show was amazing. There were many different kinds of stunt pilots doing individual shows, there were stunt teams, wing walkers, and of course the Blue Angels. We spent the day there watching non stop shows.

Have you ever seen a helicopter do a flip? The pilot of this specially designed Red Bull helicopter is the only pilot licensed to perform these stunts.




The Blue Angels were very impressive. Everything they did from the ground crew to the announcer was total precision. The way they held their spacing in all the manuvers has to be seen to be appreciated.


Here are a couple videos to give you a taste.








It has been a fun time here but we are itching to move on. As luck will have it once again we just missed our weather window and the north wind cold fronts are howling the winds the wrong way so we will probably be here through the weekend. These cold fronts surprise us with the cold temperatures they bring. Last night I was telling Gayleen that I was getting too cold. She looked up and said "look at you...you are dressed like you are in Florida. Put some warm clothes on!"

Once the cold fronts pass and we get a weather window to allow us to cross the Gulf Stream we are Bahamas bound!! The other exciting part of our trip to the Bahamas is that our oldest son Brandon and his girlfriend Salem will be meeting up with us in Bimini and cruising with us. We have quite a loop up through the Abacos Islands, then up the East Coat of the U.S. in the plans and can't wait to get under way.

Last night the other members of our crew logged a complaint that they don't get enough mentions in the blog so in closing here they are.

Taz


Turbo


Time to change the oil and provision for the next leg of our journey.



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