One Month as a Cruiser

June 30, 2016. I cannot believe we have been “full-time” cruisers on this boat for one whole month. Time flew by when I was in the working world, as in I would blink and the weekend is over, and then I turn my head, and it had been 6 years with Altria and I had no idea where the time went. Well truly time flies FASTER when you are having fun. Time has become surreal on this sailboat. In a short 29 days, we have ventured OB to Clearwater to St. Pete to Venice to Key West to Marathon.

Before I get into the nitty-gritty as what life has really been like onboard, I’ll set the scene for time here in Marathon. Toto we aren’t in Key West anymore…. that’s an understatement. Even though this town is 50 miles from Key West, it feels like a world away. Some parts still have the laid-back Keys vibe and clear water, but not all. Small town centered by a highway. Since we are car-less, that means a lot of walking. So in this case, walking by a highway. Not scenic. Two restaurant options walking distance and one by dingy. Thank goodness both of these options were highly recommended: Keys Fisheries for some good fried conch/lobster/coconut shrimp and Burdines is your water-access place for burgers and fries. These are our staple eating out items since Capt Ran is the best cook I know.

If it wasn’t for 2 sets of friends here, we probably would have bypassed Marathon altogether or just maybe have stayed in Key West. But we have a goal to get to Bahamas by Randy’s birthday 7/10, so here we are. We are so lucky to have been here the same time our LA friends the Lewis’ were here. We even got to enjoy the Marathon Powerboat Races as a VIP member. But I blinked once, and went inside their boat to make a cocktail, and I think I missed the races.

Before that we also enjoyed the Martins. We found the best happy hour around for .30 wings and peel and eat shrimp, so you can’t beat 7 people eating so much food we could pop for 60.00 bucks. They also were our personal fedex truck since we seemed to be needing stuff shipped that they brought- i.e.: visors, more beer, sunglasses, boat parts, ect. Pat and little Pat graciously offered to make the day-sail from KW to Marathon so I hopped in a car with AC with Lena and really enjoyed sight seeing by land and just relaxing. I don’t think I moved all day. The boys had to make a pit stop to get the auto-pilot fixed and with some fishing stops, made the sail (actually a motor trip) in about 12 hours.

I know we have posted and shared a lot of the good on this trip but it has been tough at times too. Not everything is happy hours and sunsets (but most days, yes). It is hot as hades, so every time we leave the boat we have to jump in the dingy to get somewhere (insert blazing sun beaming down on you). Then we have to tie up the dingy and usually walk at least .5 mile to get to do anything. Or maybe that dingy ride involves carrying 6 gallon jerry jugs to refill with water, and each of those full weighs 45 pounds. I never thought I could live without coffee and hot water, but yep, I sure am. We have not taken a hot shower since we left and have only enjoyed coffee rarely when on land. I’m glad to know I”m not addicted to coffee like I thought I was. Meals have been very nice on board. Since cooking with our propane stove does heat the whole saloon, we have been doing more simple things like salads, meat on the grill (which is outside), and microwaveable veggies. Every morning has involved a protein shake-super yummy and a good way to start the day off “cool.”

The last two pictures depict more real-world right now. That open air room is where the library and wifi is. So while catching up on social media, we sit there and my shorts are usually drenched in sweat. We do have some good FaceTime seshs there as well: best FaceTime story yet and second time for me to cry: FaceTiming my parents and when Bax saw their faces and heard their voices, he starts licking the screen. Dangit I’m crying again now… he misses the fam too!

We finally decided to get a portable AC unit. We can run the generator on eco-mode with the smaller unit as opposed to cooling the whole cabin so we broke down and purchased. But amen for Craigs list. We looked and found. Paid 50% less than what we were expecting to at Home Depot. Our dingy is usually this full with water, groceries, laundry, or whatever else we have to bring from shore.

This week I have finally gotten back into a routine, which means yoga or running M-F. I am much a routine person and feel better and balanced with waking up, exercising, smoothie, then seeing what the day holds. Ignore the beer for the post yoga in the pic:)

July holds the famous Jessmakeitrainey coming to visit and a bus/overnight trip to Key West. After that, its prep and provision for Bahamas. We will be in a marina for a night or two in Key Largo prepping.  One more week here in Marathon and praying for the beautiful weather to continue throughout our stay here. Weather pending we will be in the Bahamas the rest of July after our stay here.

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Sunshine and Cheers to all!

  • Linda Gavaletz
    Posted at 14:20h, 30 June Reply

    Love reading the blog and I don’t want to hear you complaining about “not having time” to post 🙂 I love the Keys (especially the uppers). I had a wreck and caused a three-hour traffic back-up on the 7-mile bridge while on my honeymoon 25 yrs ago……good times! Hope you can see some deer on Big Pine! Sending one up for continued safe travels and wind at your back. Also, let me know if I can do anything for your parents while you’re gone!

    • caribbeansouladventures
      Posted at 10:28h, 01 July Reply

      Amen sista and thank you! I did see some deer and we are missing lower Keys-def like the vibe better in KW but only one week til Bahamas-hope internet is readily available tho to keep posting. You never told me about the wreck too…better there than the Bayway right? haha

  • Datcey
    Posted at 15:41h, 30 June Reply

    Love the update. Be thinking of anything we need to bring.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 16:31h, 30 June Reply

    Enjoy your progress updates. Stay safe & keeping y’all in the prayers for safe travels!

    • caribbeansouladventures
      Posted at 10:26h, 01 July Reply

      Thanks Nancy and hope all is well with you:)

  • Barb
    Posted at 21:34h, 30 June Reply

    Love reading about your adventures !

  • Miranda
    Posted at 09:46h, 03 July Reply

    Loving this update!!!! Safe travels and keep is posted.

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