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Posted By Robin & Jim

I apologize for not blogging more often, but our days have been very full.  We were running long days to get to the Keys, our winter home, and we've been busy since we arrived.  Yes, we are now in Marathon after 5214 nautical miles over the last 9 months. 

It's wonderful to be back in our beloved Keys, but the last leg of the journey through south Florida is worthy of a blog entry.  The wind continued to be strong and conditions for ocean travel were not good, so we ran the south Florida segment on the inside (in the ICW). 

lake worth palms at sunrise

From Jupiter down through Miami and Key Biscayne it's striking to see the incredible amount of wealth concentrated in a relatively small area.  I think we found where most of the 1% live, between all the amazing mansions and the huge yachts!  The homes are just breathtaking, and the landscaping is really gorgeous.  The only sad thing is that we rarely saw people out enjoying their property.

small mansion

We made the run from Lake Worth (N. Palm Beach) to Key Biscayne (below Miami) in one long day.  We have 24 bridges that have to open for us, and most are on a strict schedule.  Jim is a wizard at setting up waypoints so we can pace our travel from one bridge to the next in rapid fashion. 

Although the homes are impressive (like the small mansion in the photo above), the yachts, mega-yachts, and super-yachts are mind-blowing.  We start with some 80-125' yachts in a "small" marina...

100 footers

Then the 100' yachts dwarfed by the 150-200 footers at Pier 66 Marina...

megayachts

There is the 280' yacht that makes the 150-200 footers look dinky...
superyacht

And finally the Uber Super Yacht - this one in lower Miami is 438' long!  Who are these people?

uber yacht

There is just so much to see mile after mile  - our heads were on swivels all day.  There sure seems to be a lot of 1%ers, but I wouldn't trade our lives for these people who seem too busy working to enjoy their pleasures.

miami skyline

We arrived in Marathon on December 1, leaving our anchorage off Key Biscayne at 0420 for the 90 mile run.  We had a fair current, great conditions, turquoise water, dolphins, manatee, turtles, and the beautiful chain of islands... a perfect welcome back.


 
2 Comment(s):
margaret said...
I finally got to read some of your blog. It was good that you&robin could go and help dad. It has gotten very cold here. But they said it would be in the 50's.
January 3, 2012 6:44 PM
 
Paula said...
Happy Holidays. Glad you are south for the colder months. What was Ben up to? Would love to hear what he is doing and where he is. Love to you both.
December 17, 2011 5:43 PM
 
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