Our posts will be about our excursions and daily comings and goings while we stay here in Marathon for 5 weeks. Scott’s sister and hubs are coming into town and long time friends later on in the month.
As we get acclamated to the new life of not moving around we find ourselves tired and relaxed. The thing about doing the loop is that it is a great endeavour but it is work. Planning routes, stays, groceries, even fuel and pump out stops and not knowing the areea make the task quite cumbersome. Research of things to do, where to visit also play into the equation. Not always is a marina available so always having a 2nd back up plan is needed. Having a break for this time is well appreciated.
Pickleball. Yes, pickleball. We have found at least 2 places to play. One is right across the street from the marina and the other is an Uber ride. Uber charges double the fees here in the Keys so keep that in mind if traveling here. We have found a post office close to the place to Uber to but the winds have kept us from using that ability. We have only been once. The closest one is about a 3.0 level or lower. Key Colony the Uber ride one, is 3.5+ ability. It’s still fun to have the option to play everyday if we wish.
Valentine’s Day was a big surprise for me. Scott picked up some teak chairs and had them delivered just in time for a bevy on the back deck. We had been talking about replacing our weather beaten aluminum chairs for some time. Love the new look.
We had another visitor from our marina back in Ontario. PattiJo and Doug visited us for a couple days as they trailer south for the winter. They like to stop at State Parks and enjoy the hikes, trails and wildlife. They came down to Marathon on their way just to see us. We are so happy to see them.
While they are here the winds were fairly strong still. We decided on dinner the first night while they set up their camp for the day and made their way down here from their Long Key campsite. Great tales of both our trips as we spent the evening chatting and remininscing.
We planned to bike to Pigeon Key together the next day, stop for a lunch and play pickleball. Pigeon Key is a small island containing the historic district of Pigeon Key, Florida. The 5-acre (2.0-hectare) island is home to 8 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, some of which remain from its earliest incarnation as a work camp for the Florida East Coast Railway. Today these buildings serve a variety of purposes, ranging from housing for educational groups to administrative offices for the non-profit Pigeon Key Foundation. The new 7 mile bridge links the south of the Keys to Marathon. The original 7 mile bridge was due to be demolished once the new one was built however instead of demolishing it sections were taken out so that the land portions could be used as pedestrian and cycle paths to Pigeon Key. We wondered around Pidgeon Key for about an hour and then started back. By now we are craving lunch but the amazing views we see on the bridge take our breath away and it takes us awhile to get to lunch. We decide on authentic tacos from a taco truck. Amazing tacos at La Palapa. If you love Mexican food this place has the best tacos around.
It was then biking to pickleball to begin the first lesson for PJ and Doug. It is always a blast teaching this sport to new folks. Hopefully we will be seeing them on the courts this summer. Thank you so much Patti Jo and Doug for visiting us and enjoying the sights of Marathon. Will we see you on the water next Fall?