I will never ever forget our first sight of the Florida Keys – how the islands stretch for miles, the Gulf on our right, and the Atlantic on our left – just magical. The varying blue color of the water and the blazing sun made it seem like a painting that you could hang on your wall and sit and stare at all day. I’ve taken many pictures like this during our drive today – it will be hard to decide which one to frame. So peaceful. Such a dream come true to actually get here. Dan had been here before, but the kids and I are seeing it for the first time. We like it. A few of the islands are so “thin” that there isn’t room for the Overseas highway and the huge electrical poles – so the poles are in the water.
The drive south was easy, nice flat highway and many people still celebrating the long weekend, so not much traffic. We did have a few motorcycles passing us at crazy times. Evidently it’s a big deal to come ride the Keys, so they come from all over. We saw a few other RVer’s, too, heading south. We have spent a lot of time on the trip looking at license plates and we’ve only seen a few other Oregon plates. We like seeing what they put on their plate to show their state pride, and we noticed that Florida is like Oregon in that you can buy many different styles of plates. My favorite is the Olympic rings, but their regular state plate is a white background with the state outlined and a big orange in the middle. We like to see where everybody is from and then we have to tease Nate to see if he knows where the state or Canadian province is, and ask him if we have been there. We are going to get geography into him during this trip if it kills the rest of us!
So we pulled into our little RV park on Grassy Key, about 1/2 way down the Keys. There are only 38 spots here, and it’s all really nicely landscaped. Dan got the spot he wanted – backed up to a row of mangrove and palm trees, and we have a view of the Gulf – as long as no one parks there!
While Dan hooked us up, the kids and I walked toward the water to check out the beach that was advertised. Oh dang, yet another well advertised RV park – there was no beach! The chairs and beach they show are actually part of the first row of RV sites – so you can’t use them. There is also no swimming from here, as it’s not very deep and the coral would be unmerciful. There are two boat docks, a covered grassy hut, 6 green Adirondack chairs, a horseshoe pit, and a view that takes your breath away. I am going to spend a lot of time in those chairs! Just not what we expected, and once again, our expectations were too high. It will be fine for the month and we are grateful to get to spend December in one place.