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Fort Myers Yacht Basin, the marina we're in right now is pretty good. Most of the staff are friendly. Jill, in the marina office is really great. I wish there was a Jill in every marina. The marina is only minutes away from 'downtown' Fort Myers. There isn't a lot going on in Fort Myers, really. There are some decent restaurants, but nothing of any real interest. There isn't the same kind of historical background, in Fort Myers, as there is in many of the other cities in the United States. I haven't been over to Cape Coral, not far away from from Fort Myers, but you have that option as a staging place before crossing over to Mexico. Hello to Jill, Mike, Tim, Ken, Darcey, and Carol.
We shook off our lines at Moore Haven City Dock, yesterday, at 7:30am and went through the last part of the Okeechobee Waterway, arriving in Fort Myers at 2. We took a slip at Fort Myers Yacht Basin, and we'll be here for about three weeks. We had good water depth all the way in to Fort Myers, so it was a very pleasant way to end the American stage of the voyage. Went to bed early last night and slept for ten hours straight. It was real nice to not have to get up at 5:30 in the morning. Got up, had coffee, and just enjoyed not having to do anything. Eventually I went up on deck and gave Namaste a fresh water bath. Now it's time to do laundry. I'm sitting here now, while the laundry is cycling, talking with a gentleman by the name of Ken Hulme. As I was updating my website, I caught little bits of the conversation he was having with Cosia, another liveaboard, here in the marina, and they were talking about dulcimers. Turns out that Ken had one with him here and he knows how to play it. He kindly allowed me to video him as he explains what the dulcimer is. It was very interesting to me to hear the word 'dulcimer,' because I had only seen the word once before, in Coleridge's poem, 'Kubla Khan'..... 'A damsel with a dulcimer, in a vision once I saw....' Anyhow, now I know what a dulcimer is. Coleridge's dulcimer, unlike Ken's, had a string for each note, as opposed to a fret for each note, as on Ken's. The dulcimer dates back to the 800s, bc, belonging to a class of instruments called 'psaltery.' It is first known to exist in Persia. Ken is also a formally trained Chef, and offers personal Chef services in Florida. You can reach him at his website