Saturday, March 10, 2012

Marathon - Seafood Festival Day

Those are kids inside those plastic balls! They roll the balls around on the water, great fun?
The weather forecasts have been all over the place. Last night Saturday did not look good at all. This morning the forecast changed it looked like a good day to head north but we were short of water and fuel, not having filled up on either since arriving at Marathon. So we decided to take Saturday and get ready for any "new" forecasts in the future. We filled up our water tanks and took on fuel, now we're ready to go at a moment's notice. Of course that guarantees that the weather will be miserable for the foreseeable future! Wednesday now looks like the least worst day ahead but we are ready to move if the weather changes.

Saturday was the annual seafood festival day in Marathon. It resembles a small county fair with rides, food and many booths selling all sorts of things. Ann and I were interested in trying stone crabs, they are a local delicacy. The place was packed and the lines long but I finally got two servings, 7 claws apiece (only the claws are served). They seemed similar to lobster but the claws are served cold with a light mustard sauce. Frankly, I prefer lobster but the stone crabs were a change of pace from the local seafood.

Coming back to the boat I discovered a great mess! I had put the garbage in the cockpit but forgot to transfer the bag to the dinghy. As was our custom, we had tied Hoolie in the cockpit and he obviously discovered the bag and had great fun tearing it open and inspecting the contents, including the coffee grinds, grrrr.

Sorry, we never tire of watching the sun go down
Finally we sat on the back of the boat and watched the sun go down, at least some compensation for the mess I had to clean up!