We did our first overnight… on purpose.
The plan was to leave Marathon on Friday afternoon as soon as Jacob could get off of work, bypass Rodriguez Key, and make it to No Name Harbor (one of our favorite anchorages on the way down).
We had planned to have Jacob take the first shift, and then wake me around 3:00, but Jacob didn’t want to leave the helm so he let me sleep until we were pulling in to No Name Harbor and he didn’t sleep at all. It made for sort of a rough day in No Name Harbor. We decided to side tie to the sea wall instead of anchoring in the harbor.
We are getting pretty good at docking and un-docking. The sea wall was nice because we didn’t have to stick Sweet Pea in the dinghy. She could easily get off and walk around the beautiful state park. We ate at the Cuban restaurant overlooking the harbor. Not very good food, but the view is awesome.
The four of us also walked over to the beach and played for a while. The state park doesn’t allow anyone to stay tied to the wall overnight, so we decided to anchor just outside the harbor in order to get a nicer breeze. We had a beautiful sleep with a fresh breeze blowing through the cabin, and only had to get up once at 2:00 for an anchor drag alarm that turned out to nothing but the tide changing. It was good though, because being as close to the beach as we were to our anchor, we needed to know.
|Dolphins off the starboard bow.|
|playing at the beach|