Christmas in Florida is much different than in Michigan. We did see some nice Christmas lights at the Naples Botanical Garden and we had a nice visit with Val's dad Bob in Titusville, FL. Fort Myers Beach and Pink Shell Marina was a nice stay but we were ready to move on December 30th. We cancelled our plans to go to Marco Island and took a 135 mile trip straight to Marathon Key. We had a great day to travel for 5.5 hours as predicted by the contracted weather man Chris Parker (mwxc.com). Chris helped with the predictions of a smooth passage and we will use him again on any journey in the future that might put us at risk like the upcoming Bahama Crossings.
Marlin Bay Resort and Marina on Marathon Key has been a very comfortable stay with a well protected harbor. Renting a car for three weeks has given us some much needed freedom and independence to travel the keys by land looking for a possible retirement location in the future.
Key West and Key Largo are our next planned stops as we make the next big left turn and start heading north. After 6 months on the boat, we still don't have a clear plan on what we are going to do after July, 2020.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy shit… what a ride!"
Which way would you go?
Christmas with Bob Wilson was very nice.
Naples Botanical Garden Christmas Lights.
No pot of gold at the end, this was our view from the back of our boat at Pink Shell.
These guys went 60 miles off shore to get these, the Cobia was very good.
A Pink Shell sunset
The Titusville Alligator from Bob’s house.
The best cinnamon rolls at Mom’s Restaurant in Fort Meyers Beach.
And don’t forget to eat some great tacos.
Larry and Sharon Walters payed us a nice visit at Pink Shell.
This is what Marlin Bay looks like on New Years Eve.
Best pool ever at Marlin Bay, Marathon Key.
Pete, Richard and Devin let me go fishing with them a couple times out of Marlin Bay.
We had fun landing this shark and throwing him back in.
Mangrove Snappers are very tasty.
My patch job after catching to many cat fish back in Fort Myers, the salt water cat fish are nasty.
Rock lobsters do not have any claws.
San Pablo Catholic Church, Marathon Key since 1948.
Sunset Beach, Key Colony, and a tribute to Elizabeth Devlin.
Saw this guy gunkholing around with the dinghy.
Manitou visits are common.
Val says all I want to do is eat, she is right.
Fred, the salt-sprayed Australian pine tree on old seven mile bridge that survived Hurricane Irma and gave everyone returning much needed hope and inspiration.
Isn’t that pretty?
Who owns an Island with a house like this?
Daily sunset view from the back of our boat at Marlin Bay.
And then the moon comes up in the east.
Every one is always happy to see this guy come around to pump everyone out.
What the heck, another picture of our domicile sitting at Marlin Bay.