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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Englewood for...5 weeks?

We arrived on the last day of November to Englewood. The wind was howling and...yes Monkey Girl ran aground entering the marina. They "showed us the way" not to go! They turned around an anchored outside the marina. We entered Chadwick Marina and were welcomed by Ray, the owner, who I noted, had a "248" area code when he called me to tell me how to enter the marina. He is from Waterford, not far from Fenton, MI, our home.

We met some of the local residents - how colorful! A pretty single woman living on a Catalina 30 that was classified an insurance loss in the last hurricane. She knows nothing about sailing and wants to learn how to sail the boat alone. Yeow! A crazy guy called, Ray-Ray, who is described as "unique". A couple from Maryland and we will see who else we meet! It feels like we are in Ray's back yard. He put a kitchen in the garage of the adjacent condo complex with a new stove, washer/dryer, dishwasher and kitchen sink. Also, there are three showers - one outdoors. We are across the street from the fabulous Englewood Beach and walking distance to a few good restaurants.

The first night was a pleasant night as Bill and Laura joined us one last time before they move on. They were also greeted during the night with a storm that spun them around on their anchor. Good news. The anchor held.

The temperature has dropped to the 30's at night. Glad we have electricity...and heat!

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