After 4 days of heavy rain, the sun finally came out late yesterday afternoon. We had such cabin fever that we dinghyed in to do laundry in what we thought was a lull yesterday around 11 am. No sooner had we walked to the laundry room when the skies opened up once more. Surely it will let up by the time I finish the laundry! No such luck. Finally it was just raining instead of pouring, and we made a run for it back to the big boat. The three of us looked like drowned rats. Through all this bad weather, our wonderful boat has been cozy as can be. Everything is just a bit damp right now.
What does it mean when your head is always cut off in pictures? (Sue says not on purpose; he does have the cutest head!) Today we got out for a walk, and went to lunch on the water at the Keys Fishery. I also bought some fresh gulf shrimp for dinner.
We had been trying to go out to dinner with Fredrick and Hum for three nights, and couldn't get a break in the rain. Finally made it last night to Lazy Days. They left for BSM this morning and said they will do it in a straight 24 hours. We are planing on leaving tomorrow morning, and it will probably take us three days unless we decide to stick around some place. It's been a good trip, but I'm ready to to go home and I think Bill is too.
We made the decision to mosey toward home, but the weather is not going to cooperate. Rough weather is predicted for all week so we'll just stay put. We've been out in this before, and it's no fun. Here in Boot Key Harbor on our wonderful boat we are as cozy as can be. So we will just wait it out.. I'm hoping it will clear this afternoon so we can go out to dinner!
This is not the way this harbor usually looks. It's a good thing we did our errands yesterday including a trip to Publix and Sunday brunch at the Stuffed Pig, because no way would it work today! My third book of the Game of Thrones will keep me occupied.
Bill says Charlie is such a "Chick magnet". He sat with him outside Publix while I was shopping, and had folks stop and comment about what a cutie he is. One lady said he was the best Publix greeter she ever saw! He's been such a good boy even when he's getting brushed.
Bill is thinking he will take a picture of hot chicks holding Charlie and start his own pin up collection. Of course this idea came late after some close encounters with some very buxom ladies waiting at the restaurant and Publix.
We ran into dock neighbors from BSM when we went into the marina to do laundry and get some water. Fredrick and Hum invited us for cocktails on their boat, Humfree, and we had a very nice visit. They have been sailing for 40 years and were very interesting to chat with. We have made a decision to start for home in a few days. We will have been out for a month, and it's getting pretty hot. Bill would probably like to stay out, but Sue is staring to hanker for home. She thinks she does best on 2-4 week trips. It is suppose to be very windy and rough the next few days so we will wait until that weather passes before we head out.
Here is a storm that never happened (at least to us). It sure looked like we were in for it, but it passed over.
Today we took Charlie in the dinghy and meandered down Sisters Creek for a couple of miles to Sombrero Beach.. We pulled the dinghy into the shallow water in a little cove. There was a palm tree for shade and a beautiful view to enjoy. Charlie got to run a bit and got thoroughlyl coated with sand. He didn't seem too impressed with the sand or the water. We stayed for a few hours, and when we got back to the big boat, Charlie had to have a shower/bath.
Bill took Jim David's suggestion and was able to clean the bottom of the dinghy which had gotten nasty from sitting in the water for three weeks.
Cocktails with our buds on Florida Buoy. Then on to dinner at Lazy Days. ( Delayed by one day!)
Jim and Bev David
Kelly and Katy Johnson
One way to get to the restaurant in the keys
Lazy Days patio is right on the water. Besides having delicious food, we could watch the wildlife: birds, fish and dolphins
We couldn't go for any length of time without a little excitement. Their dinghy ran out of gas on the way back and Bill came to the rescue with a tow. All is well. They are leaving for Duck Key in the morning. We are still here trying to make a decision of what to do next. I think we're too comfortable.
Our good friends and neighbors Jim and Beverly and Kelly and Katy are chartering in the Keys this week and arrived in Boot Key Harbor today. Our plans were to join them for dinner at Lazy Days. Around 4pm they dinghyed in to take showers and did not close their boat up (hatches and portholes). Well, the skies let loose with a late afternoon downpour that lasted almost an hour. When they were able to return to the boat, everything was pretty soaked. This ended our plans for the evening, but what a beautiful rainbow and sunset when it was all over. Rule #1: When in Florida, close up your boat when you leave. Lots of us have learned that the hard way!
A girls got to do what a girls got to do! I actually gave myself a pretty good pedi!
We're still in Marathon and will stay for another week. Our friends Jim and Bev David from BSM are chartering in the Keys this week and should be here in Book Key Harbor around Wed. We'd like to hang out with them, and it gives us a god excuse to stay put. I think we are way too comfortable in this great place!! We dinghyed to Lazy Days for cocktails and appetizers. We love their outdoor bar area right on the water, and the food is excellent. That's us, with another picture of us sitting at a bar, but..,hey...where did we meet??
What a view! We met Jim and April at the bar. Both have lived here for many years.
They have this slick cigarette boat tied right up to the bar area.
Jim and April are layed back I guess; but still like 100 MPH.
Twin 500 HP 100+ MPH just for a day of diving and spear fishing. Missed the picture of them going over the horizon
rather a giant roster tail.