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Florida Key Close-up: Marathon

Florida Key Close-up: Marathon

For the last two weeks (and almost a month for Joel) Marathon Key (and more specifically, Boot Key Harbor) has been our home base.  Marathon lies near the middle of the chain that is the Florida Keys, and it has proven to be a pretty good spot for cruising newbies like us.  At an area of 9.6 miles, the long, skinny island is about the size of the lake we sailed on in the Midwest.  There are tons of mom-and-pop…

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Lists from a Cruising Newbie

Lists from a Cruising Newbie

My friend Chris and I have had several conversations about A and B-type personalities and have ultimately decided that we are AB combinations.  However, one of the more A-type traits that I possess is my love of making lists.  At any given time, there are at least 5-7 lists going on my phone’s notepad app. I make grocery lists, books-to-read lists, bucket lists, a variety of teaching-related lists, to-do lists, etc. Since this Thursday marks my first two weeks of…

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A Key West-capade

A Key West-capade

My summer on the Run began Thursday night after flying in to Fort Lauderdale.  After a delicious dinner at Rocco’s Tacos (their chips are coated in chili powder and other spices!  Yum!), we made the long journey by car back to the boat in Marathon.   I have to admit, as we pulled into the City Marina and walked up to our dinghy (which was brand spanking new two months ago) it all still seemed surreal.  We motored through the darkness…

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Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

I awoke at 0600, prepped the boat, and was on my way to the Ft.Myers mooring field.  I was planning on provisioning there with fuel, water and food.  I was also taking on crew.  Ray has been at Boulder as long as I can remember.  He has helped us with many projects over the years and is a close friend.  We dined at Doc Ford’s which is right next to the mooring field and is a staple for author Randy…

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Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

  I spent a wonderful night at anchor in Lemon Bay before picking up the hook and heading toward Charlotte Harbor.  As I was raising the anchor, dolphins began circling the chain as the windlass pulled it in.  The ICW through this stretch was much more interesting than the previous day’s journey.  There were dolphins, manatees, and an assortment of birds perched above channel markers.  I also had to travel through a large swing bridge followed by an abandoned railroad…

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Siesta Key Drum Circle

Siesta Key Drum Circle

By Em Though I was only able to make it down to the Sarasota/Bradenton area for 2.5 days prior to the start of the adventure, there were three items on my to-do list: eat at Two Senoritas, go to the drum circle, and hang out with my other half (I know, I know: that last one was a bit predictable). Though I would highly recommend any of the aforementioned, watching/participating in the Siesta Key drum circle is an opportunity that…

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Heading south

Heading south

After departing Snead Island Boatworks last Tuesday, I first made my way to Marina Jack in Sarasota.  Marina Jack holds a special place in my heart.  As a kid, I spent a few summers in the Sarasota region with my grandparents, and more than a few of those summer days were spent looking at all the boats in that Marina.  So,  I spent a few days there on a mooring ball.  I had a chance to visit with my parents and…

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We Made It!

We Made It!

And the boat still Floats!  The past 3 weeks have been an absolute blur.  I had two weeks to finish as many projects on the boat as possible before the boat was scheduled to be picked up.  Some of the required projects included wiring the solar and new alternator charging systems, mosquito nets for the main salon hatch, bottom paint, work in the anchor locker, boat name sticker on the hull side, and the list goes on and on.  Along…

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Connections

Connections

Joel finished his last day of work as a radiation therapist in STL last week. He gave his notice over a month ago, and the support we have been shown in the forms of letters, emails, Facebook messages, hugs, and tears has been overwhelming.  His birthday buddy/best work-mate Mandy threw a going-away party for him last Friday evening and it warmed my heart to see so many people brought together to support my man and our dream. Being as I’ve…

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