The year was 2002. It was our first winter in Florida on Mai Thai. After spending December/January in Fort Lauderdale, we cruised south to Key West, then return to Marathon to spend the month of February at Marathon Marina, located approximately a half mile before the historic Seven Mile Bridge. 2002 and 2014 have some similarities. Both years are the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2002, the Winter Olympic games opened Feb 8 in Salt Lake City, Utah (remember Michelle Kwan, the gold favorite for figure skating?) That year, Chinese New Year fell on the same day as Valentine's Day, and word on the docks was to dress in red and bring an hors d'ouvres to the potluck party. We later learned that every day is a party in the Florida Keys.
|Valentine's Day/Chinese New Year at Marathon Marina|
|Manatee drinking from Mai Thai's galley sink drainage|
|Entrance to Boot Key Harbor, circa 2002 (it has since been cleaned up)|
|Burdines, our favorite restaurant in Marathon|
Feb 13-17 Miami International Boat show
Feb 15-17 Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Feb 15-16 Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts
and some related stories inthis blog:
Smelling the roses in Miami
Top 5 things to do in Miami
Art Festival and a picnic in Sarasota, Florida
Retirees with a zest for life in the Florida Keys
Wherever you are, hope you're keeping warm. Be safe on those snowy/icy roads. Have a great Valentine's Day!
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