I spent the better part of three months in Marathon (Paradise), loved every minute of it, I didn't want to leave, they didn't want me to leave, but I had commitments in Maryland, contracts for music jobs, more than 200 of them that had to be fulfilled. I gave myself 30 days to get back home, made it just in time, played a music job two days after I arrived in Perryville, MD. My wife was still pissed at me, the kids think I'm the greatest dad in on the planet, doing what I did.
Now, I'm gonna schedule a trip back to Marathon next January, only this time I'm driving down, taking my wife, and of course, my music gear. I think I can work every night in Marathon during the tourist season, and that's the same opinion the folks that live there year round have. I'll rent a house for January and February, then go back to Maryland, perform a couple hundred music jobs, then take the proceeds and go back the following October via boat down the ICW and play music all the way on the trip.
I'll be the second, oldest person to single hand the ICW, at least that's what I've been told. I'll celebrate my 75th birthday on the ICW. Yeah, I'll come back to Maryland in April, and if I'm physically able, I'll go back to playing the senior music circuit for a living - everybody's gotta do something for a living.
Go back to Paradise - you betcha!