Tomorrow seems like a good day to go sailing. I've fixed just about everything on the boat that needs fixing, NOAA weather is calling for winds from the south at 10 mph in Hawk Channel near Marathon, so I think I'll ease through Sister's Creek, then sail out to the reef, hang a line out and hopefully, catch some fresh mahi for dinner. Seems like the logical thing to do for a 72-year-old that's enjoying the balmy breezes in Marathon, Florida.
One of the best aspects of cruising is the wonderful people you meet along the way. Last night, I performed a Christmas concert for about 85 to 100 cruisers here at the City Marina's Tiki Hut. We had a ball, lots of folks came up and complemented me on the performance, and throughout much of the day, while I was working on the boat at the marina bulkhead, where I'm currently docked, people came up and thanked me, plus invited me to their boats for drinks.
Every morning at 9 a.m., on VHF channel 68, there's a cruisers net that's open to anyone within radio range of Boot Key Harbor. Lots of ideas are exchanged, new arrivals are greeted, depatures are given well wishes and there's a buy/sell/trade segment, comments segment, help segment, and even a trivia segment near the end.
With any kind of luck, I'll be headed south to Key West in early to mid January where I hope to meet up with Aaron and his dad, then it's off to the Marquesses and Dry Tortugas. Been to the Marquesses many times in a small, powerboat where I caught giant barracuda, permit and a few tarpon, but never made it to the Tortugas, so that will be anothe first for me.
My one regret is not beginning this adventure a decade earlier.