Florida Keys (High 82, low 67)
Sunshine Key Rv Resort
The plan for yesterday was to attempt to get the kayaks into the Atlantic side of the island, for some more exploration.
We walked over to the beach launch area and decided it was a bit too breezy and the seas were choppy. Okay, on to “plan b.”
We brought our chairs, e-readers, and enjoyed the beautiful day. I have been reading Unbroken, and it was really getting interesting, so I was perfectly happy where I was.
The next picture is our view. The water wasn’t quite as clear as usual.
After a while, the breeze and seas calmed down enough so we decided to launch the kayaks from the same beach area.
Unfortunately, by that time the tide was going out and it was a very strong outgoing tide.
The tide caught us and we were zipping along at a good clip. We would have been in Cuba, it we’d kept going! There was no time to stop and see what was below. You had to keep paddling constantly to keep control. We decided that we’d better not get too far as we’d have to fight the current to get back to our launch area.
The paddle back in was a struggle, but we finally made it back to our little beach, and we decided to read our books some more.
If it’s not the wind, it’s the strong currents. One of the problems with ocean kayaking….but that’s okay, we had a great day. We’re hoping to get out there again today. We saw (briefly as we zoomed by) what appeared to be coral heads. We are hoping to get back to that area and do some snorkeling and exploration.
Al talked to one of the long time winter residents here at Sunshine Key Rv Resort. Apparently, there were lots of complaints about the summer residents and their compounds. There were also a lot of complaints about the golf carts speeding around with music blaring.
They had some sort of treasure hunt scheduled for the kids here and evidently one of the summer residents stole the treasure chest. The police came out yesterday. I guess a manager from corporate headquarters, was here last week-end , and not happy with what was going on. To me, the easiest thing to do is control how many people are allowed per camp site. If you have a limited number of people, you won’t have 4 golf carts, 4 trucks and 25 people. Easy solution, huh?
It appears they are trying to remedy these issues, and I’m sure it’s not easy since they have been allowing it to go on for so long. The previous manager pretty much let the summer residents do what they wanted. The new manager has his work cut out for him.
Would you believe, someone has a large above ground pool at their campsite? It’s not a wading pool but one that is about 2-3 feet deep! Can you see it back there?
This next week-end might get pretty interesting around here, but for now it’s nice and quiet….just the way we like it!