Saturday, October 10, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another great night’s sleep! It cooled off considerably during the evening hours and a light breeze blew. In the morning we awoke to clear, sunny skies, a temperature of 64 degrees, and a NW breeze around 6 mph. Fall was in the air, but it felt terrific!

We wanted to explore the Green Turtle Bay campus a bit this morning. It is much more than just a marina. The marina itself offers 600 slips, laundry, an outdoor pool, wireless internet, showers and a courtesy van. There is also a Ship’s Store, a full service repair shop and yard, dry storage warehouses, and a grill serving breakfast and lunch. The Commonwealth Yacht Club is on site and includes a meeting room and fine dining establishment. The new fitness center opened in 2008 with exercise rooms, a heated indoor pool, tanning beds and saunas in each of the locker rooms. There are tennis courts, a beach, and fully-furnished vacation condominiums for rent. During our walkabout, we found “Tortuga Pond” which is home to hundreds of green turtles and many small fish. We saw crayfish mounds where crayfish burrow into the mud below the waterline. We also came across an old abandoned cemetery with headstones dating in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Most of the headstones were covered with brush and vines; many were unreadable. With such a tremendous fall day in progress, it was easy to imagine ourselves spending each May through October here.

Gale spent some time making arrangements to have our mast stepped tomorrow afternoon, ordering parts, taking the courtesy van into the auto parts store, etc. We took a break to have some lunch at the Dockside Grille and then kept on with our chores for the afternoon. We had a late dinner and it was almost 10 pm before we retired for the evening. Quite late for this crew!

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