We had a short day planned for the next day, just a few hours to Miami to meet up with our buddy boat Links! We arrived in Sunset Lake, anchored and still had plenty of time to explore South Beach.
The next day we sailed through Biscayne Bay and stopped at Boca Chica for a few hours. It was a great little park with the cutest light house ever! We were officially in The Keys!
After exploring the small island for a while we moved on to Sands Key for the night. This is where we enjoyed probably the most stunning sunset of our trip so far.
We stayed 2 days at Key Largo and then 2 more at Islamorada. While we were anchored, we decided that since we had passed hundreds of crab pots on our way through Florida, there must be tons of crabs around, so we dropped our crab pot. Well, we didn't catch any crabs.
This is what we caught in out crab trap! A nurse shark....what? Isn't that what everybody catches in their crab trap? We also saw some huge manatees and tarpon.
We left Islamorada and headed to the outside, and came down Hawk Channel. The winds started out strong, but then dropped down to a few knots. It was a bit swelly so we started the engine and motor-sailed most of the way to Marathon.
We arrived in Marathon, our home port for the month. We picked up a mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor, at the City Marina. There are almost 300 mooring balls here, and it is like it's own little community. There are showers and laundry facilities, a boaters lounge with internet, a workshop, mail delivery, and it is within biking distance to any store we might need. I can see why some people came for a few days and are still here several years later.
We ran into some friends that we had met back in the Dismal Swamp. There's just some people that you come across and feel like you've known your whole life. Tim, Jill, Beth and John are those people. Maybe it's the Gemini connection!
So, we are definitely making the most of our trip and enjoying every minute, even when it rains!
It's been a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit for me, being so far away from family, but Bud is trying to make the best of it!
He was a big hit in the Lighted Boat parade, and even won some gift certificates! So, that's about all that's been going on with us. People ask us exactly what we do all day, and sometimes its hard to say. All I know is that we are happy, relaxing, and enjoying our time until we have to come home and work. At least I think we're still coming home!
Love, Jen & Bud