Friday, December 5, 2014

Comings and Goings

Day. 93-94
Miles today: 0 Total miles: 2,481
Hours today:   0
Locks today: 0.    Total locks: 34
The weather has been perfect this week! It's hard for us to believe that Christmas is almost upon us.

Loopers are coming and going here. Five boats are planning to cross the Gulf headed for our marina this  weekend, so some of us are planning a welcoming cookout on Sunday. Meanwhile several boats have headed south. Patriot and Ta Ta left Thursday.  

Mark looks on as Connie, Jim and Mary look for the ideal anchorage as they decide on their next stop.

Meanwhile 8 of us went to the St. Petersburg Boat Show yesterday by car. We rode with Angie and Dan (Sea Horse) and included the required stop at West Marine, of course. I didn't take any pics at the boat show, but we did spot this "clothing optional resort."  Interesting.

We went out to dinner with Angie and Dan. Needing a break from seafood, we chose the Smokehouse in downtown Dunedin. Yummy smoked meats and BBQ!

Today was a sorely needed boat chore day. I did laundry, made hummus, and cleaned the inside of Mara Beel. Mark tackled the outside. He made several improvements on our dinghy and re-arranged storage space in the bridge. He also put new lines on fenders and re-inflated several of them. He tinkered with our bikes and hosed off the decks. There's never a shortage of to-dos. He also put up our Christmas lights- it's looking festive now.

This evening we enjoyed a small family reunion with my (Becky's) relatives from Pittsburgh. My Aunt Virginia and cousins Susan and Tim, and Tim's wife Janet (cousin-in Law??) are vacationing in the area. We introduced them to the docktails custom at our marina before a delicious dinner at Ozona Blue. What a coincidence that we are here at the same time-- loved seeing them after a 3 year gap.

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