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Allen's great circle trip

Its a Dog's Life at Boot Key Harbor
written by Lee

Elegant Living Indoors and Out.
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I recently read an article stating that boating and beer go together.  Not only do I disagree wholeheartedly with this statement, but Winston and I believe that boating and dogs go together.

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Upon arriving at Boot Key Harbor this belief was further strengthen.

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Boot Key Harbor and the City of Marathon Marina is a mooring field consisting of 234 mooring balls.

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A mooring field is an area in which floating balls are anchored to the bottom and boats are tied to the balls. 

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   This particular mooring field is inhabited by various people: some who live year round tied to the mooring, others are transients staying for a day or a month, while others are seasonal staying for the winter season.

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Brandy and Bear

The inhabitants of the mooring field are like a neighborhood. They boat pool to take students to shore, visit back and forth on their boats, picnic in the nearby park, and help each other with the many tasks of keeping their boats in tip top shape.

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Because the boats are moored quite a ways out dinghies are used to ferry back and forth.  

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 Some of the younger students are home (boat) schooled others are enrolled in the Marathon schools.  There is a bus stop outside the marina for the high school students while the elementary and middle school students walk to their nearby schools.  But none of the students can get to school without a five to fifteen minute dinghy ride.

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Corky

The dog's owner's occupations are varied as are the dogs.

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Duncan

Some are waiters and waitresses.

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Myles

Some are postal workers.

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Christy

Some are Teachers.

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Some are scuba divers.

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Max

Some are managers of banks.

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Tina

Some are college students.

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Sadie

Some are retired.

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    Murphy

Others come from the Michigan City, Indiana Marina to visit, relax, fish, and sight see.

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It is interesting to note that not everyone is known by their name but instead by their pets name.

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Walking through town it is not uncommon to see a dog follow its owner into a store or bank where most times it is offered a treat.

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Dogs are also welcome in restaurants that have patios or Tiki Bars. Yes, Winston is known at many establishments in town and we are often asked where he is while he is busy being  guard dog on the boat.

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Marathon itself is very pet friendly, as the marina and nearby park supply pet bags. 

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Paws for a Cause

Recently a dog walk was held on the old Historic Seven Mile Bridge to benefits the upcoming Relay For Life. It received a large turnout and even volunteers to walk dogs from the nearby animal shelter. 

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A Tram was run to transport tired walkers and their energetic dogs back.

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The sign truly sums up our premise that is is a Dogs Life at Booty Key Harbor and the City of Marathon, Florida.

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