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It has been so much fun seeing friends from home and sharing this incredible weather and our time in Marathon. We love hearing about all the snow we're getting at home from our visitors and from Sam, who calls us giddy describing the accumulation. He's loving all the snowmobiling he's doing and says that his new cologne is "Ode to Gasoline" since he's on his sled all the time!
Amos' arrived Sunday evening and we shared a cocktail on the boat and welcomed them to Faro Blanco, Marathon and then headed to Keys Fisheries so they could try some Stone Crab and other seafood.
On our way back to the boat, we hooked up with the Gail, Keith, Dave and Janet for a little improptu jam session. Amos' got a tour of Southern Style and Brad got to see the engine room. Fun to have both friends from home and friends on the dock to spend time with!
Monday we headed to Key West. Tom and I hadn't been to Key West yet this trip, so we were looking forward to seeing the sights. The last time we were in Key West was for our 20th wedding anniversary. Never would have believed then that we would be on a boat in the Keys enjoying our 31st wedding anniversary!
We wandered Duval Street and checked out shops, bars and all the people! The people watching is always great on Duval Street. Brad, the shy fella that he is, had a great time meeting people at every stop. We decided he and Leann need to move to the Keys in the winter so he can be a fishing guide and make millions in tips since he loves to fish and talk to people!
Here are a few shots from our time in Key West.......
Tuesday we went to Sombero Beach, toured the Turtle Hospital and had lunch at Burdines with the Amos'. Of course Brad chatted up a fisherman at the beach!
The Turtle Hospital was so cool! We learned a lot about the turtle population in the Keys and got tour the facility and see all kinds of turtles!!!
Of course we had to take them to Burdines for more seafood and FRENCH FRIES!!!
While we were at Burdines a friendly manatee appeared and entertained the diners
Toasting the sunset on the bow of BELLA with Brad, Leann and Brian. The cannon at Barnacle Barneys didn't fire that night, but there were a few conchs blown in the marina marking sunset.
Brad and Leann with the Faro Blanco Lighthouse in the background and the New moon shining right beside it. It was wonderful spending time with friends. Thanks Brad, Leanna and Brian for making the trip to Marathon!
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.