When we arrived in Marathon I thought we might stay for 2 weeks, but its been over 6 weeks. Its so comfortable here that our overstay is quite typical. But its almost Spring and time to start the slow trip back to Maine.
Riggs and I will leave here tomorrow morning, sailing directly north across Florida Bay to Cape Sable, on mainland Florida's SW tip. There is a reportedly nice fair-weather anchorage off of the long empty Cape Sable beach, and fair weather is predicted (warm with light SE winds) so we'll give it a try. On the Marathon Cruiser's Net (VHF 68) this morning something like 8 boats announced departure tomorrow. Some of these will pass me and pull into the Little Shark River, which I'd like to explore someday but it will have to be on a future trip.
Our plan is to spend a couple of nights in the 10,000 islands area, including a visit to Camp Lulu, where Sheila and I (and sister Marsha and her hubby Dennis) spent New Years 2000, then on an old local ICW section through Naples and into Fort Myers, hopefully arriving there sometime Wednesday. If things work out I may welcome brother-in-law Dennis aboard in Ft Myers for some Florida cruising. I'm also hoping that Castine friend Gene will do some cruising with us.
I've included here a couple of photos showing the quirky nature of the Keys. Above is our favorite breakfast joint while below is a combination Bait/Sushi joint and also a truck advertising a great deal (if you are in Maine - look closely).
We'll be way off the grid for at least a couple of days, but the SPOT tracker should be active, showing where we'll be.