February 8/14, 2016 – Banana By Resort and Marina – No travel

Monday – 8th

It is another cloudy morning so a good time to get chores done. With Vonni coming I made reservations for a trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park aboard the Yankee Freedom III out of Key West and then reservations for a rental car from Enterprise. Even though it was a windy afternoon it was warm enough for some great pool time in the afternoon.

Tuesday – 9th

With another windy and cloudy day there was plenty of time to do more errands and chores.

Wednesday – 10th

Same as yesterday

Thursday – 11th

Same as yesterday

Friday – 12th

Vonni came today! I picked up the rental car in time for us to do a little provisioning prior to her arrival. Then it was off to Key West, about 45 miles, to pick her up from a flight that arrived at 5:05 pm at the Key West International Airport. The plane was early and we had time to drive into Key West and find a parking spot then make it to Sunset Pier in plenty of time to make the sunset.

A party of three was just leaving as we arrived so we got a spot on the railing right in front of the bandstand. The featured band was Patrick and the Swayzees, a 50’s and 60’s Rock and Roll band that is very talented. Everyone was singing along and dancing so a good time was had by all as we watched the sun slip below the horizon.

After the sunset we headed down Duval Street for a little sight seeing on our way to the Blue Heaven Restaurant for dinner. This restaurant is mostly outside in the back yard of an older home. It has rave reviews and deserves them. The service is excellent as is the food. Side amenities are artists painting around the periphery, chickens and cats walking around and a band stand with a musician.

We left Key West around 9:30 pm for the hour long drive back to Banana Bay and an introduction to the boating life for Vonni.

Saturday – 13th

It was great to have Vonni with us. The weather was cooperating so after a lazy morning it was pool time.

Duane and Jackie from Lydia called to see if we could meet them at the Sunset Grill for refreshments and to watch the sun go down. We did this and enjoyed an evening with friends while watching the sun go down again. This time it was a very nice sunset.

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Vicki and Vonni at Sunset Grille

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Clear sky so not colorful but the patrons of Sunset Grille still cheered when the sun hit the horizon.

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Twilight at Sunset Grille.  The blue in the bottom of the picture is the pool.  

On the way back to the boat we decided to stop at La Niña for some Cuban food. It was worth a try but even though the place had high ratings the food was mediocre to poor. We were the only ones in the very small place speaking English and even making our order involved hand signals and careful choice of words. Clearly this was not an often frequented place by the touristas.

Sunday – 14th

Though the wind continued to blow it was another nice day. We eventually made our way to Sombrero Beach to try the beach life.

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Sombrero Beach walk

After a day at the beach we returned to the boat to get gussied up for a dinner party with the McFall’s. Their family members had come down to Marathon from Michigan and rented a very nice big house with dock in front. Jim and JoAnn had moved Namaste to that location and they were going to spend a week there. They had invited us to join them for dinner.

It was fun to finally meet all of the McFall family members after hearing so much about them over the past five months. It was an enjoyable evening with good food and good company.

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