Two weeks have already passed since we first grabbed a mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor. We still feel as though we are just getting settled. Of course, we had a few standard items to tackle when we arrived. We made a small grocery run, since we were on foot at this point. We still had to rent a car to drive north to pick up our car in Vero Beach. Our bikes were in the car, so we didn’t have access to them either.
Once we picked up the car, we could get a major grocery order. I also drove up to Dolphin Research Center to arrange my volunteer time for the coming season. And Sandra stopped by The Art Studio to confirm her schedule there as a visiting artist to teach how to make pine needle baskets. She’ll be leading two classes during the coming months.
A collection of her recent baskets
We have managed to find time to enjoy the area as well. We’ve been kayaking twice into the mangroves of Boot Key. Both times we went late in the day to avoid the hot sun. As we glided along, we managed to disturb many herons and egrets of different sorts who were settling down for the night.
Maddie in the mangroves with me
We also got out of the harbor for an overnight at our favorite mangrove island in the Bay. As usual, we were totally alone except for the cormorants and frigate birds. Away from the lights of Marathon, the Milky Way was especially bright.
Then, of course, there’s the boat project list. Our alternator was sent off to be rebuilt, but it was bad enough that buying new made more sense. The refrigerator is acting up, and I’ve been calling tech support and trying a number fixes. So far, no luck.
I should also tell all that the weather is still summer like, but we get to jump off the boat several times a day if necessary to cool down. We’ve seen a slight change over the past several days. We expect that we’ll be required to swim fewer times each day by the end of the month.
One last item of local news: a 26 foot boat arrived at Sombrero Beach the other night with 14 refugees from Cuba. I went to the beach when I heard about it the next day, but the boat had already been towed away, so no photo to share.
Cruisers haven’t really begun to arrive yet, but that should change soon.
This last photo is to remind all that Marathon has more of the best sunsets than most anywhere we’ve been.
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