Making our way to the Florida Keys

Trip Start Nov 23, 2009
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Trip End Mar 01, 2010


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Bahia Honda State Park Campground

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Friday, December 11, 2009

   
We blogged, Skyped, and surfed the net (each on our own computer). I am trying to become accustomed to my small notebook keyboard.  It was a bit overcast this morning.  At around 11AM we were on our way.We took the freeways instead of slower coastal road to make some time. In spite of our tom-tom we managed to get lost in the spaghetti of freeways near Miami. With the help of a call to Yolanda (our ‘on-star” lady) we zeroed in on the right path for a quick drive through. Neither one of us wanted to spend a lot of time in Miami. We saw all we wanted to see: the shoreline skyscrapers, the marina’s with opulent yachts, the palm lined boulevard, the druggies and drunks pushing all their belongings in shopping carts and even the blue haired old ladies in their flashy outfits. Five huge cruise ships docked in the harbor.

Just before entering the Keys at around 3-ish, we got clobbered by a heavy downpour. All we could see in all directions was charcoal skies. Not a good prospect when the next 2 nights were booked at a campsite! We envisioned ourselves sleeping in the car. To our delight, 30 minutes later blue skies appeared at the horizon and all was well.

The Keys stretch for about 108 miles to Key West. They are 44 coral Islands connected by 43 bridges. Originally, the connection was a train line from Miami to Key West. Then a road was built upon the train line. The only fresh water supply was a pipe from Miami that was attached to the bridges. Now days, there is a new series of highways and bridges. In places, like in front of our campsite, remnants of the old rail bridge system can be seen. Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.  Our campground is in Bahia Honda State park about 2/3 down the Keys at mile post 37. A nice breeze again keeps the bugs at bay, very comfy at night. For dinner we drove a few miles north to village of Big Pine where we spotted 2 Key Deer. They are small deer, the size of doberman and indigenous to that area.

The next day, we explored the park on foot and by bike and relaxed a bit. The beaches are narrow and the sand fine and white. The water temp is around 77. This night we made soup for dinner in camp. The no-see-ums feasted on a camper who was reluctant to bath in deet before dark.....
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