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Posted By Robin & Jim

We arrived in Marathon on December 1, just as the sun was setting.  We settled in, got my kayak down, and unloaded our bikes - our only wheels for getting around until we return with our car after holiday visiting up north.  It's good to be back and we've been waiting for our friends and dock-mates to arrive for the season.

The Marathon Holiday Boat Parade was Saturday's highlight, complete with an entry from our friend Debbie who had a huge gang of people helping her cover her boat in lights!

xmas boat parade debbie

There were about a dozen boats, though people had a lot more lights on their boats than last year.  We had a great view and it was a wonderful parade, but last year's was a bit more exciting when one of the parade boats ran aground.

xmas boat parade

The other day we had some excitement.  For starters, we had some of the same strong winds and frigid temps that folks in the Great White North have had.  We had 20-30 knots of wind and record low temperatures - in the mid-40's overnight!!  Remember many people in the Keys don't have any heat because it's not supposed to get cold here.

One one of the coldest and windiest days, we had some camera crews running around the marina.  It turns out that the reality TV show "Amazing Race" was filming for their upcoming season. 

Each pair of contestants arrived on a sexy T-top boat with four huge outboards, jumped up on the fuel dock, and ran down the dock with a cameraman in tow.  I give the boat drivers a lot of credit - it was not easy docking in that wind!

amazing race 1

There were three teams - two showed up fairly close together and the third team was about a half hour later.  One team looked like basketball players - extremely tall, wearing shorts that looked like the Harlem Globetrotters. 

We heard that the contestants came from Big Pine - it must have been a VERY cold and wet ride with the wind and waves, and after all the excitement at the fuel dock they vanished.  There are rumors they had to run out the old Seven Mile Bridge to Pigeon Key (the site of a camp for workers building Flagler's railroad to Key West in the early 1900's), as well as alternate theories.  It would be pretty scary going out on the bridge in such heavy gusty winds, but I guess we'll have to wait until the spring to find out the story. 

amazing race 2

We are some of the last people on earth to even glance sideways at a reality TV show, unless you count Mythbusters as reality TV.... (we love Mythbusters)...  but I guess we'll have to tune into this thing just to find out where Hollywood has set up shop in our beloved Keys.

Just another day in paradise!


 
1 Comment(s):
Scott said...
Hey guys. Merry Christmas. I don't have your current land address. Shoot me an email when you get the chance.
December 20, 2010 2:21 PM
 
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