Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 159  Harbour Cay Club, Marathon, FL
 Monday, January 31, 2011

Lunch at Chikitiki Grill at Burdines

Jim ran some errands on his bike and stopped at Chikitiki Bar and Grill at Burdine’s marina for lunch with a group of loopers from Dockside.  We signed up online for the Spring AGLCA Rendezvous in Norfolk, Virginia.   It’s another beautiful day in paradise with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.
Total miles: 0       Total bridges: 0       Total locks:  0
Day 158  Harbour Cay Club, Marathon, FL
 Sunday, January 30, 2011
Entering Marathon from 7-mile bridge, mile marker 47

View from Tiki Grill

View from our table at Porky's

A beautiful afternoon for a bike ride to Sunset Grill which is located close to the entrance to 7-mile bridge.   The name is perfect since the sunset view is also perfect.  On our way back home we stopped at Tiki Grill and then at Porky’s.  The dinner special was “beer butt chicken” – a chicken that is grilled with a full can of beer inside to steam as the chicken cooks.   Whole chicken dinners are served with the beer can still inside.  However, I ordered a half chicken, and fortunately it did not come with a half can of beer!    A delicious dinner with plenty left over!
Total miles: 0       Total bridges: 0       Total locks:  0

Day 157  Harbour Cay Club, Marathon, FL
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dingy ride under 7-mile bridge
Dingy ride to Lazy Days

Lunch at Lazy Days

 Carlton called in the morning to let us know that a group from Dockside was going to dingy ride to lunch at Lazy Days.  They would ride from one end of Boot Key where Dockside is located to the other end of Boot Key where Lazy Days is located.  Since our marina is on the north side of Marathon rather than in Boot Key, we had to go west toward the 7-mile bridge, cut under the bridge at the first opening, run to the entrance markers to Boot Key, and then follow the markers to Lazy Days.   Good timing.  The group from Dockside arrived at the entrance to Lazy Days at the same time that we arrived. 
We enjoyed a delicious lunch with Bruce and Chris, Kris and Danny, Jill and Richard, Cathy and Richard, and Becky and Carlton.   After lunch we headed back to Dockside with the group.  It was amazing to weave our way through the hundreds of boats that are moored or anchored in Boot Key.  The boats are from almost every state and numerous countries including Canada and the Virgin Islands.  We kept wondering how long they have been here … what routes did they take to get here … where are they going?  It was incredible. 
The group reconvened on Seamoore for a cocktail.  Jill has a great margarita recipe!  About 5:00 we left Dockside, again gawked our way through the mooring and anchor fields, and arrived back at Dream Catcher about 6:15.  An extremely fun day!
Total miles: 0       Total bridges: 0       Total locks:  0

Day 156  Harbour Cay Club, Marathon, FL
Friday, January 28, 2011
Joan preparing her delicious dip


Brenda and Danielle

Richard, Tom, Jack and Linda

Keys traditional conch blowing to announce sunset 

Dinner at looper's get together

 We worked around the boat during the day, but in the late afternoon we took a taxi over to Dockside for a looper get together.  The marina’s restaurant is currently closed, so Lynn from “Felix” arranged to use the outside area for the loopers.  Everyone brought a dish to share and also chipped in on 13 rotisserie chickens from Publix.  It was great to see so many loopers together from a number of marinas in the area.  Since it was a chilly night (this means in the 60’s!), a few of us reconvened after supper on Bade Boomer where the heat felt great. 
Total miles: 0       Total bridges: 0       Total locks:  0

Day 155  Harbour Cay Club, Marathon, FL
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Old anchor in landscaping at Harbour Cay Club

Orchids growing in the trees at Harbour Cay Club

Landscaping at Harbour Cay Club
Dream Catcher docked at Harbour Cay Club

Today was the first day with the new bike.  We rode up the street to Wendy’s for lunch where we ran into Kris and Danny from “Miss Kitty”.  We ate together and when they headed back to Sombrero Dockside, we went to get a haircut for Jim.  We then also headed over to Dockside.  We had barely arrived at the marina when we heard “Hey, Jim!”.  It was Joan and Jerry from “N-II-wishin”, Paula and Todd from “Ocean Breeze”, and Tom from “Q’s End”.  All of them are staying at Dockside!   After visiting with them, we stopped at Seamoore for a while and then started back to Dream Catcher. 
On the way home we ran into Joan and Jerry who were walking to Hurricane Grill for happy hour.  So we stopped in with them and were soon joined by Paula and Todd.  Since we were on our bikes we wanted to get back before dark so we headed home and had supper on board.  The winds picked up and again we were rocked to sleep. 

Total miles: 0       Total bridges: 0       Total locks:  0

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