40 footer going north
The sun passing Mercury
I do believe Mercury has lost with 5 more miles to Marathon.
Marathon, Boot Key Harbor outside anchorage, I was hopping Pappy was a little more for my liking on this anchorage. I was arriving after dark and only a "Gotta do it" attitude made things work. The markers for the channel face 90 degrees to my entry so instead of nice green or red reflections I had a darker shadow from the shore and a light shadow from the water. I proceeded until I felt it was the best place I could pick at this time. Boot key harbor is crowded on the best day and I didn't want to enter without prior knowledge of the channel and anchorage. I left the depth alarm on just in case I drifted and would have some chance not to go a ground. This was a restless night as the tides pulled the boat north and south and the winds blew it like a rocking chair from the west. When I awoke for sure I was only a hundred yards away from the channel and 75 yards away from a sailboat that didn't keep off the shore some time ago.