The second day of our Florida Keys trip with Rudy and Sue Nikkel we decided to visit Marathon. Our mutual friends Ed and Millie Hildebrand had spent several weeks working on a sailing vessel that was moored at a marina in Marathon. Having heard about the Hildebrand’s adventures we thought we’d like to check out the boat they had sailed on called the Geni Green.
As you can see Jay, the captain of the boat gave us an excited and warm welcome when we walked up to his slip on the dock. “Any friend of Ed and Millie’s is a friend of mine,” he said. Jay was just about to set out on a three and a half hour sail with three clients and said spontaneously, “Why don’t you join us?” Our arrival was serendipitous. If we’d arrived a moment later the boat would have already left the dock. If we’d arrived a bit earlier we might have had too much time to think about whether we wanted to change our plans for the day and leave for the sail. Luckily we arrived at just the right moment and hopped aboard. What a good decision!
Jay seemed delighted to have extra guests and insisted on having his picture taken with Sue and me. ” I love having more women on board,” he said.
Before leaving we shook Jay’s hand and thanked him for a great day out on the ocean.
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