#NOT IN MINNESOTA (more Marathon fun)

What’s the best way to get around if you don’t have a car?   Take the Dinghy!     Once a week or so, a group from our marina gathers a flotilla of dinghys to explore around Marathon.


less than a mile from our marina there are mangroves that seem to appeal to the colorful Iguanas on a sunny day.  Perfect for a page  in my art journal!

Faro Blanco Jan 2017

Faro Blanco Jan 2017


About once a week, someone organizes a dinghy flotilla.  We joined a group 10 other boats to tour around the area.

We crossed under the 7 mile bridge, entered the Boot Key Harbor entrance and stopped at Burdines for lunch.

Faro Blanco Jan 2017

burdines bar and more

Next stop Lazy Days Restaurant at nearby Marathon Marina and Resort.  Great happy hour specials!


Last stop for the day-    Sunset Grill At the base of 7 mile bridge.

The docks were designed for larger boats- but everyone was helpful to manage the lines and ladders.

Faro Blanco Jan 2017

    Buy a drink at the tiki bar, sit by the pool with toes in the water with new friends.   Doesn’t get much better than this!!

Faro Blanco Jan 2017

Faro Blanco Jan 2017


We arrived back at Faro Blanco and learned our friends on Captains Choice had checked in.  Mark and Karen stopped by our boat for a drink and caught up.   We last saw them anchored at Caya Costa when we battled the no seeums on the beach!


Back at Faro Blanco, we all gathered to review the day….

Faro Blanco Fun



The Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco offers one of the best deals around- all entrees are 19.99 if you are seated before 6:30.


Later we also had dinner with our Thunder Bay friends –  seated before 6:30 of course.

faro blanco 1.2017


One afternoon, we were doing errands in town, walked across to Kmart to meet Rachel and Nick .  They are also on the loop and started in Dave’s home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario.   (Yes, Canadians!)    We have been following their trip, but our paths never crossed until today.

We joined them the following day on an excursion across the bridge looking for a sighting of Moe the Hammerhead shark.  No luck, but we had a nice walk along the bridge.



In anticipation of a visit by Dave’s brother, we did some cleaning and reprovisioning.   Took a  taxi to Publix, loaded up, call a taxi for the return,  load into a cart, haul to boat, and voila. Ready for company.

Had a great week with Al and Deb on board.    Deb cooked a few great meals and was kind to leave the ingredients and recipes so I can try to  duplicate the mail later!    Gyros and Tzatziki.  Mmmmm..

Went to Burdines again- The brothers toured the deck.

Faro Blanco Fun

The marina hosted a fundraiser for local EMTs . Great music an d silent auction.  Deb won several items and Colleen won three.  A cd from Cory Young (played at the event), a bottle of champagne and a $125 gift certificate to dinner at Sombrero Skipjack restaurant!  Who has more fun than people?

Faro blanco Marina has a chess game in the garden; and features lots of interesting varieties of Palm trees;

Faro Blanco Jan 2017


Faro Blanco Jan 2017




Did I already post about our fishing trip?   here is a repeat…

Faro Blanco Fun

Hope you are enjoying the read- and stay tuned for more adventures to come!

Next up- traveling to Key West Mile zero; then back up the keys to stage for the Bahamas!



About mnsailors

Our blog will highlight our travels along America's Great Loop. We sold our sailboat on Lake Superior for a Trawler to do America's Great Loop in 2016.
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2 Responses to #NOT IN MINNESOTA (more Marathon fun)

  1. Al & Deb says:

    Thanks for the great hospitality!! Loved the Marina and catching up with you great Loopers! Can’t wait to see you on the “other side” (ie. Atlantic coast)!


  2. Joyce Berdie says:

    Hi, I wonder if we met Rachel and Nick a few years ago when we were at Thompson Island. They look familiar. Ask them if they remember our blue Freedom. Are they in the same power boat?


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