Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Travel Day to the Florida Keys

Sunshine Key, Florida
We left Midway campground about 9:30 for about a 160 mile trip down to the Keys.
There are two roads  east/west,  that cut through the Everglades.  One is I-75 which is also known as Alligator Alley.  We chose highway 41, because that is where Midway campground was. 
Highway 41 was only a one lane each road, but there were wide paved shoulders and the road was in good shape. 
That is, until we left Midway campground and the road was terrible.  There were several areas where their was construction and that slowed everything down.
We decided to take Alligator Alley on the way back and maybe try to find another campground for one night.
We could have taken highway 997/Krone Ave south, but we decided to stay on 41 a little longer and take the Florida turnpike to  south into the Keys.  Traffic got worse and of course that brought out all the bad drivers, but eventually we got on the turn pike heading south.
Once we got onto Highway 1, it was a straight shot into the Florida Keys, and and that point we slowed down, due to traffic.
Highway 1 in the Florida Keys is called the overseas highway, because it links together many small islands to form one long highway.
It’s a beautiful drive and something everyone should try and do.
Al and I found ourselves oohing and aahing all along the way.  Smile   It was a beautiful sunny day, so the water looked very pretty.
The pictures really don’t do it justice.  The water was so turquoise and pretty.
I had trouble getting good shots due to the glare on the glass and the little fans on the dash kept showing up in the photos.  I had to do a lot of re-sizing!
This next photo shows our view from the front window without cropping out the mirrors and sunshades.
The waters around the island of Islamorada seemed to be the prettiest….so far anyway.




It’s a beautiful drive, but there was a lot of traffic, so it was a bit stressful for Al.

No stress for Baxter.
It was a beautiful warm day and lots of people were out enjoying the weather and water.
Lots of bridges to cross.IMG_8481
We  ended up having to run the generator to be able to use the house air…it was definitely getting warmer!
We arrived at Sunshine Key Rv Resort and were pleased that it was easy to get into with a good place to park while we checked in.  The lady who checked us in (Meredith) was most helpful and gave us some options for campsites.  We asked about upgrading our site (maybe to ocean front?) but all those sites were full.  She gave us several sites to check out, but in the end, we went back to the original site they assigned us.   While checking the site out, the people next door came out and introduced themselves.  They were very nice so after checking for overhead clearance, how to get in and out and where the connections were, we decided this would be a good site.  We could pull in forward, but will have to back out when we leave.    We got the motorhome settled in and needed to trim some branches from the  Sea Grapes.  John our new neighbor had a pole trimmer that he got out for Al to use.  Like I said, very nice neighbors.  They have been coming here for 11 years so they know where to go and have already given us some suggestions.  Evidently we have a large Iguana that lives in the Sea Grapes.  We haven’t seen him yet, but we did see this one on the side of the road. 
I’m sure we’ll see lots of Iguana’s while we are here as they are all over the place.  I remember reading stories (maybe last year) when they had a cold front.  The headline was “Iguanas dropping from trees.”  It seems they got so cold they couldn’t hang on.  
There is definitely a tropical feel here in the Keys.  The weather is much warmed (hot) and humid, and the plants are more tropical.  The Christmas decorations have a more tropical theme to them as well. 
The campground is full with snowbirds but also many people that are probably going to be here until school starts back.  I hope so anyway, there are way too many kids flying around on bikes, skateboards and motorized scooters.  We almost hit one..or I should say, one almost hit us!
We were exhausted last night and both fell asleep early.  It rained for a few minutes and got a little windy, so I put the awning in before we went to bed.
When we got up this morning, I noted a weather alert on my phone stating “tornado warning in Key West”.   Yikes!!!!   Tornado warning…that couldn’t be. Not  a watch…but a warning!   I put on the weather radio and nothing was happening.  I figured it must have been a mistake but after checking online I read where a waterspout (tornado over water) had formed and was heading inland.
Al said he heard if rain for a little while overnight but didn’t notice any bad winds.  I’m sure glad I put the awning in though!  I don’t know why our weather radio didn’t sound last night.  It appeared to be working just fine.   I really don’t like to sleep through bad weather.  I’d much rather stay up and worry! Smile
The weather last night was from a “cold front” that finally got into Florida and even as far down as the   Keys.
The temperature is only going to get up to the 70’s today…which is a good 10 degrees cooler than it was yesterday.  It will start to warm back up in the next few days, but we may not get the mid 80’s like before.
We like it here and I have a feeling they’ll have to drag us out kicking and screaming!


  1. Color me as green as an iguana...I'm quite envious. I love the Keys. I hope you are able to settle in and relax once the kids get back to school.

  2. This sounds wonderful Karen. Glad you had a safe trip down. I'd love to be able to do this at some point. They keys have always been a bit too pricey for my budget.


  3. Great pictures, I remember flying down the coast in a helicopter and looking at those bridges, and thinking how the FEC railroad built most of them and then they were destroyed in a hurricane and the railroad abandoned it's route to Key West. Highway 1 uses a lot of the bridges and right of way. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

  4. That water is absolutely gorgeous! Too bad I'm uncomfortable driving over bridges in a car. I'm ok in a MH though.

  5. We stayed at Sunshine Key RV Resort in 2000. It was wonderful. We did not own a kayak, but rented one at the RV park marina and kayaked all the way around Bahia Honda State Park. It was a great trip. Don't miss Bahia Honda is a beauty!! Sure would like to be where you are ;o)))

  6. Oh wow! A tornado?? That is just not what you want to hear. Perhaps that will be the end of any "bad" weather while you are there.
    Looks like a beautiful area...careful of those iquanas!!

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  8. Love, love, love the Keys. Maybe we'll have to head down that way in February. Your pictures have convinced me!

    Enjoy. :c)

  9. Brought back many memories. Feb, 2005 The bridges are amazing ... love the road over the sea. One of the highlights of our trip was lunching at a cafe/restaurant on the beach and watching a bunch of friends play beach ball or volley ball. We also got lost trying to find our way to the "southern most point of USA" We had no GPS and no Maps.

    So very special.


  10. Karen, loved your photos of your trip to the Keys!
    Even the gators smiled for the camera! :)
    Enjoy your stay down there with all of the beautiful blue seas!

  11. The colors of the water in your pix was beautiful. Now that you are settled in--have fun!


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