Laundry is always an issue when you are cruising, even here in Boot Key Harbor. It's $3.00 a load to wash and $3.00 to dry at the marina and the wash water is always set on COLD! We now do all of our laundry on board with hot water from our solar shower and our Wonder Wash which is hand cranked for 2 minutes. This week I ordered the mini counter spin dryer which is small and plugs into the generator. In just two minutes the clothes are spun and come out almost dry. Hang them in the sun in the cockpit and presto----laundry done! The Wonder Wash can do sheets and towels and costs $45.00. I paid $69.00 for the spin dryer and it's worth every penny. Now we can go anywhere and do all our laundry on the boat, even at anchor! Yes, I can only do small loads at a time but at 2 minutes each...to wash and then to spin...I can do 2-3 loads in just 15 minutes.
The gang, all ten of us, went to the Key West Seafood Festival and then to Duval Street and Mallory Square. We tried taking the Keys Transit Bus which now goes all the way from Marathon to downtown Key West but for some reason it was 20 minutes late and nowhere in sight so we stuffed everyone into two cars for the trip....which is way harder than taking the bus! Now we had traffic and parking to contend with! But we all made it down and back in one piece. The seafood, music, and vendor booths were great. I snapped a photo of the old harbor with Mr. Pelican keeping watch. As we were driving back we could see a stunning Key West sunset in the rear view mirror. What a day!
It's been windy all week but that hasn't stopped the gang from outdoor activities since it's also been sunny and hot. Since Roy doesn't have to work on the week-ends we decided to all bike to the 7-Mile Bridge for a look at the channel. It was a great ride going south, but the 22 knot winds from the north-east made it a tough ride back to the marina! The view as usual was breath-taking! We are so blessed to be in the Keys!
We are back in Marathon and we have been reunited with Bonnie and Sid on FIU, Roy and Yasmine on Yasmine Ann, and Anna and Rich on Snowgoose....so we celebrated tonight at Burdine's with fried Key Lime Pie! It was delicious and unique. Yesterday FIU hosted all of us for happy hour and tomorrow the gals are all kayaking to Sombrero Beach for the afternoon.....after tennis of coarse! It's hard keeping up with all of these activities....but that's
Larry and Kitty, sailing friends from Marathon - winter 2010, invited us to visit them on our way back to the Florida Keys from Texas. We stopped in yesterday to spend the night in their new villa on the canal in Cape Coral, near Ft. Myers and couldn't pry ourselves away from the area. We spent all day today enjoying their beautiful home with screened in back living area and dock complete with
a boat lift and their dinghy from Saildreamer. Cape Coral is beautiful.....and Kitty and Larry very gracious hosts!
We spent Christmas week with Steve and Juliann at their home in Houston. We were surprised at how chilly Texas can be when the cold fronts come through but we had no snow and no ice....yeah! I did try out Steve's new BMW motorcycle but the weather wasn't nice enough to take a long ride. We loved the Catholic Church in Sugar Land that Steve and Juliann attend.....the music ministry alone was top notch with drums, guitars and a grand piano....the priest is alive and funny and the church is packed with teenagers.....just awesome! Ranger liked being a reindeer this year.....
Walt and I have been avid sailors for 38 years. Our retirement dream was to sail to Florida and the Bahamas for the winter months which we did for the first time last year, 2007-2008. We decided that we loved the cruising life
and four days after our return to Lake Ontario we traded our Catalina 320, Eagle's Wings, in for a Catalina 42 which we named Waves of Grace. We hope to continue to cruise in the Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, and the Bahamas for many years to come