Ahoy! After our “Great Western Loop” road trip this summer we settled back in Florida back on Pura Vida and started preparing for another sailing season. We also did some catching-up with our old friends at Cocoa Village Marina for BBQ’s and golf with Joe & Margaret.
|Back on Pura Vida|
|Joe & Margaret Barnes|
|Boca Chita Island|
We had to meet up with Michael’s brother John and his wife Cindy, the “Omaha Kings” in Fort Lauderdale. They came down for Michael’s big 60 B-day! We all sailed down to Miami once the weather cleared. John & Cindy really enjoyed our stops at Boca Chita Island, No Name Harbor and other anchorages in and around Key Biscayne . We kept the nighttime dancing on the boat to low roar and enjoyed a great visit.
After the Omaha Kings left we met up with my cousin and her family Megan, Scott, Jayden and Tegan. We always have a great time with them and their girls are great sailors. They remind of us when our kids were babies.
|Omaha Kings in Boca Chita|
|John & Cindy in Middle River|
|Full moon on King's 60th!|
We finally arrived down south in Marathon and stayed on the mooring ball at first and met up with friends Alex, Andrea, Hillary and Charles as well so many more at the Tiki Hut parties. Eventually we ended up at Dockside Marina so King could have a TV hookup for football. There we met up with our “Dock Dynasty” friends coming down for the winter. Plus caught up with those living permantly down in Marathon now.
The following week we went down to Key West to see our nephew Pete and his better half Pong and their daughter Maddie. She is a cutie. Good thing we got to Marathon early this year because the northerlies set in and the wind blew stiff for weeks. We know our friends Mike and Twyla were caught in it for a while up north but they finally made it down in time for Thanksgiving! We had a great Thanksgiving Day thanks to Karen who hosted the celebration at her house this year. Nice day!
|Dock Dynasty Bash|
|Boat parade elves|
|Marathon Boat Parade|
|Dancing the night away in Marathon|
|Part of the Dock Dynasty gang!|
|Sunset in the Keys|
|Thanksgiving with our host Karen Just|
|Thanksgiving Rick & Terese carving the turkey|
|Working off all that turkey with Patty & Karen|
|Sunset off Rodriquez Key|
The night the girls came it was going to blow about 25 knots so we decided to get a slip for the night and set sail the next day for No Name Harbor which was Christmas day. On Christmas eve we picked them both up a two different airports then settle in for a great dinner at the Cabana Beach Club on Miami Beach. The time flew by when the girls where down here but it was one of our better Christmas’ on the boat. We went to No Name Harbor, Boca Chita as well as off Elliott Key to anchor. Lots of beautiful sunsets, paddle boarding, and making merry, we sure miss them since when they left.
|All together again!|
|No Name Harbor|
|Human or Animal???|
|Cubana for lunch|
|Cousins in Miami|
We hope you all have a very good 2015 and we will post again after we get wifi somewhere in the Bahamas. Bon-voyage!
|New Years Eve fireworks from the boat in Miami|