FLORIDA KEYS NOVEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 31, 2016

The Florida Keys Overseas Highway has small green markers on the side of the road noting each mile on the “Highway That Goes to Sea”. The 110 miles of Mile Markers start at the tip of Key West MM0 and go to the last bridge to the mainland of Florida MM110. This road is the only place that you can be in the Atlantic Ocean waters and then walk across the street and dip your toes in the Gulf of Mexico.

KEY LARGO:

We stayed at a really nice RV park called Point of View Key Largo. The park was closing at the end of the year and being changed to a condo/hotel complex.

On November 13th, Patty got to photograph the full moon ‘super moon’ from the RV site. Patty had fun photographing the moon rise/sun set on one shore and the moon set/sunrise early the next morning on an opposite shore. We enjoyed Snook’s Restaurant (MM99) for wonderful crab salads and sunset views. The best Key Lime Pie was purchased at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (MM99).

One day we went out on the Princess Glass Bottom Boat to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the Molasses Reef and the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. It was quite choppy so visibility was limited. We rented a boat from the Sand Dollar Boat Marina. (MM107 Bayside) It was too choppy to snorkel, but Steve was successful in catching small fish and feeding them to a persistent pelican. Each time the pelican swallowed a fish he would lift his wing and shake his tail feathers!

GRASSY KEY:

In December, we drove south along the Keys and stayed in Marathon, Florida at the Grassy Key RV Resort (MM58). The Honky Conch Restaurant (Key’s Fisheries Marathon Key) was our favorite bar for Sunset Happy Hour and stone crab claws. During our stay in the Keys, we had many visitors; Steve’s daughter Taryn, her boyfriend Brian, Patty’s daughter Caitlin, Patty’s sister Ginny, and our friends Nancy and Tom Irwin.

Ginny, Steve and Patty toured Turtle Hospital on Marathon Key. The Turtle Hospital has rehabbed and released more than 2,000 turtles since 1986. A variety of turtle ailments are treated there; fibro papilloma tumors, fishing line entanglements, shell damage from boat propellers, and intestinal in gestation of plastic (plastic bags look like jelly fish to the turtles).

KEY WEST:

90 miles from Cuba, Key West boasts as the southernmost city in the continental United States. Key West is a fun town; everywhere you look reflects it’s unique Caribbean Colonial history, Cuban culture and natural surroundings. Duval Street is a busy tourist spot with 200 bars and restaurants, 103 shops and galleries.

Ginny, Steve and Patty enjoyed conch fritters and stone crab claws at Pincher’s Restaurant. Caitlin, Steve and Patty dined on ‘floribbean cuisine’ among the free-range roosters at Blue Heaven Restaurant in the Bahama Village. After shopping at the natural Sponge Market and Shell Warehouse, we enjoyed Mallory Square along the western edge of Key West to celebrate the setting sun.

MIAMI:

The closest reasonably priced airport to the Keys is Miami Airport. We enjoyed Miami South Beach during our visitor pick-up and drop-offs. The art deco buildings and the colorful lifeguard towers added to Miami’s southern Florida charm.

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