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This last week at Marlin Bay in Marathon was lovely. It's a new, beautiful little resort/marina and we enjoyed our time there. It is definitely the nicest marina we've stayed in so far. It has some great amenties; pool, workout room, club room, etc. and a great staff. The down side was our air conditioning system was STILL not working. Tom has been working on it for the last month. We had techs working on it for three days this last week. Tom knew we had a blockage somewhere in the pump. He was right and they finally found it day 3. We are now chill'in in the salon and it couldn't have come at a better time as we head up the Keys.
Marlin Bay is right beside the Key Fisheries so the complex is surrounded by towers of what else....crab pots!
There are lots and lots of midwesterners in the Keys and many are from Minnesota. Our next door slip neighbors, Dave and LIsa were from Michigan and also doing the Loop. They were great. They have already done the East coast and they shared valuable travel info with us.
We also met a lovely couple, Mike and Beth and her daughters staying at the resort from Medina/Minneapolis. We enjoyed our time visiting with them and eventually figured out they live in the same neighborhood as my nephew Paul and his wife Dani. How crazy is that?
It gets better. I was working out in the sunset tower at Marlin Bay and a couple of families staying at the resort wandered to the marina and climbed the tower. The moms (sisters) in the group and I started to chat and they commented on the boat in the marina from Wabasha. They said they were from Minnesota and never expected to see a boat from Wabasha in Marathon. I told them it was our boat. They said they'd both grown up in Byron. I then realized that I'd worked with one of the sisters, Brenda, way back when at Donaldsons. Never expected that one! It was great to see her again, over 30 years later and meet her sister, Gretchen and family.
After almost two months, we fondly said good bye to Marathon this morning. It was a winter in the Keys we'll never forget! More later~
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.