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Sorry we haven't blogged in a while, but we've been busy with our long list of winter projects/chores and some fun things.  For once, we're keeping a better balance between work and play, and we're finally seeing some places that have been on our "to do" list here in Marathon.

There are a number of DeFever Cruisers members here in the harbor and living in the area, so I put out a call for an impromptu luncheon that brought all 19 local members out!

southernmost DFC rendezvous

We've been riding our bikes a lot, including taking a bike tour of Pigeon Key - a small island about two miles out the old Seven Mile Bridge where work crews lived while building the famous Overseas Railroad, sponsored by Henry Flagler (sometimes known as "Flagler's Folly").  We visited Pigeon Key on the 99th anniversary of the train coming down to Key West, which was really neat.

biking to pigeon key
flagler rr sign

In between the fun stuff we've been catching up on small repairs, oil and fuel filter changes, and projects.  We're doing a big clean-out throughout the boat since we've accumulated too much "stuff" after 6 years of living aboard.  No photos of the mess while the projects are in progress!

We paused from our chores to take a tour of the famous Turtle Hospital where sick or injured sea turtles are treated and hopefully released back into the wild.  Some have injuries too severe to live independently so they are permanent residents.  The entire operation is quite impressive for a non-profit organization, and they are doing wonderful work!

green turtle 2
hawksbill turtle

We attended a neat lecture on the history of weather forecasting in the Keys (since the 1800's) down in Key West, we've gone to see the local community theater, and have been meeting friends for lunch now and then.  It has been a very social season!

Sunsets are always a time to pause and appreciate the day - you can't beat the view from our dock.

sunset at low tide

A white heron has been hanging around the dock quite a bit lately, as well as this particular green heron sitting on our dock lines.

green heron

Jim continues to be busy in the engine room, and I've been busy re-varnishing some areas in the pilothouse and in our head.  It's a balance with the fun stuff, and it's all good.