Viridian has reached the end of the journey south on America's Great Loop. The Florida Keys were the only place where this year's long-arm-of-winter had a hard time reaching. The crew of Viridian is within one week of departing our comfortable slip at Stock Island Marina and making our way north by way of the Gulf of Mexico, back to Ft. Myers and across the Okeechobee to the AICW. The six week stay here not only kept us in warm weather and allowed us to explore a unique part of the US, we also met some of the nicest folks you could ever encounter. Once the thrill of being in a new place fades it's the friends you make along the way that mean the most. Another benefit of staying put for a while is being able to get some things done to Viridian that needed attention. Things like: replacing the lower shift cable, replacing a bank of batteries, polishing the Strata-Glass on the fly bridge, start on rebuilding the fresh water plumbing/pipe system, defrosting both freezers, deck maintenance, boat safety inspection and a good cleaning inside and out. By the time the next weather window opens for our departure, we will at least have our boat in shape but leaving our new friends will be a bittersweet event.
That's the news and here are some views:
A visit from a Manatee
Front yard decoration Florida Style
Momma hen with hatchlings
Lunch with Friends
Stepping out of a Picture
An evening in Key West