Marathon—we’re in the Keys!!!

We are staying here in Marathon, at Sombrero Dockside Marina, for the month of February and plan to have a few visitors.  Years ago, our family and two children visited Key West. So it’s been a long time since we’ve been in this neck of the country. Sometime during our February stay, we will take a bus back to Key West to see what has changed in that part of the Florida eclectic part.

Sombrero feels rustic–a type of marina you’d expect in the Keys. The marina is well protected from any angle of wind with beautiful views of the harbor and Country Club golf course. We met several boaters; some who have been on the Loop. Folks are friendly here and include us in their plans. For instance, two of the guys—Dan and Craig—celebrated their birthdays the day after we arrived. They asked if we’d like to join them at a restaurant grill for .35 cent wing night and happy hour. We joined them and about 12 of us ended up together munching on wings. After dinner, we gathered together on the dock by our boats where a restaurant used to thrive. Singing happy birthday to the birthday boys, we enjoyed homemade pecan and berry pies–outdoors in our flip flops and shorts in February!

Sombrero Marina is directly across the street from a country club and golf course. The first night here, those same boaters asked if we’d like to join them at 4:30 for appetizers and drinks at the country club. We didn’t need to be members. Some of the guys had golfed earlier and invited the rest of us to join them.

We are in Boot Key Harbour which is one of the largest anchorages areas we have seen yet.  Many of the boats stay on the moorings for a long time; others anchor near the mooring field.  There are well over two hundred mooring balls and many anchored boats.  Some exhibit a very lived-in, somewhat forsaken appearance. At the sun sets, it is quite a sight to witness the boats with their anchor lights twinkling in the distance.



dolphin escort to Marathon

Dolphin escort to Marathon



Seven Mile Bridge


Marathon  – Boot Key Harbor



Next up on the blog: Key West, Pigeon Key, Visitors from up north and exploring…..

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