Depart: Lignumvitae Key State Park anchorage 10:10
Arrive: Faro Blanco Resort & Marina, Marathon, FL 1:40
Distance: 24 nm
Knowing we had a relatively short travel day ahead of us, we lounged in bed a little longer than usual and took our time leaving the anchorage. Thinking it would be hot and hectic when we got to the marina, I ran the vacuum through the boat and did a general cleanup before we got going.
|Folks on personal watercraft came whizzing by this morning.|
As anticipated and hoped for, we had a tranquil day on the water traveling to Marathon in the Florida Keys. Our only real excitement was playing the ever-popular game of trap dodging. The autopilot only served for short distances as we had to weave in and around the traps.
Our travels took us by a portion of Everglades National Park.
|Everglades National Park Boundary|
"Special Regulations Apply"
We frequently see birds taking ownership of markers. Frequently I notice that they don't share space well as each one takes their own piece of the market. Today, however, we passed one with the birds actually sharing space in pairs!
|Birds on markers - common site on the ICW|
Clearly, we had a ho-hum kind of ride today when the most exciting item to be included in the blog is a set of birds! The activity picked up though as soon as we arrived at Faro Blanco marina. I let Ann on "Morning Star II" know we would be arriving between 1:00 and 2:00, and she was there at our dock to welcome us "home". Ken from "Rae of Sun" assisted with grabbing our lines as did two staff from the marina. What a welcoming committee!
We said hello to Mel and Ann. Dave from "Amelie" came over to say hello. Clark walked off with Dave to go check in and never came back! I tried texting him to ask him where he was and was unsuccessful as I heard the phone ping on the boat. I decided to go for a walk and see if I found him somewhere in the process. I found him on Dave's boat.
My arrival broke up their discussion. Since Clark had never gotten as far as the office to register, I walked there with him. Afterwards, I suggested we go say hello to Yasmine and Roy. Timing was good as they had just returned from a dinghy ride. They invited us on board "Yasmine Anne" to talk.
While we visiting with Yasmine and Roy, the Wilson family came by to say hello. Ultimately, with all the great company and catching up to do, we ended up staying for a couple of hours until it was time to leave to go find dinner. We all went our separate ways. Clark and I ate on board as I had already planned out what we would have to eat tonight.
Some new faces are here this season and some are missing, but there are plenty of folks here that we recognize and know that more friends are expected to arrive in December and January.