Every year for the last nine years loopers have met on the last Sunday in February for a Sunset Celebration hosted at Banana Bay Resort in the Florida Keys, sort of like a family reunion of loopers. The annual notice is put out over the America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association (AGLCA) forum and goes to loopers all over the country. This year over 160 loopers attended. For more information go to the AGLCA website.
Each year loopers are entertained by local Key band, “4 Sheets to the Wind”, – and yes – they play a lot of Jimmy Buffett songs!
A rather large Manatee crashed the party as he munched on algae at the dock………we all took time for photos!
Several looper boats make it a family affair! They home school which allows the kids a far greater life experience. The Wilson family, with three daughters on board, organized a weekly “Clean Up the Keys” campaign that has been very successful in helping with the hurricane damage. Here the Wilson kids and Maddie are playing “Cups”. The Cup Game is a clapping game that involves tapping and hitting a cup using a defined rhythm. Karen has challenged herself to learn!
We all came for the sunset celebration and it seems like Bobbie (on First Forty) is really enjoying it.
Special thanks to Joe and Reba for loaning us their vehicle. This allowed us a ride from Islamorada to Marathon to join in the celebration.