Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Sunsets and Sunrises

Sunshine Key Rv Resort,  Florida 

We’re still waiting for the wind to die down enough to do some kayaking.  The past two days have been really windy and there have been frequent and short lived showers moving through.   It’s okay though, because we can always move on to “plan B.”  Life is always good in the Florida Keys.

Monday, we decided to spend the afternoon at Curry Hammock State Park.  It’s a newer park with a great campground.  The sites are nice and big and angled for ease of getting in.  There are waterfront sites, but they are behind a dune, so you don’t have a clear view of the Atlantic.    I think you’d have a wonderful view from your motorhome window if you pulled in forward instead of backing in to the site.

Most sites looked pretty much like this.

Site 11  (notice it was empty)

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After exploring the campground and checking which sites we could fit into, should we ever get lucky enough to snag a reservation, we went over to the beach to hang out and do some reading. 

We had to find a spot where we had some wind block.

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It was a good day for kite surfing and there were a bunch of them out there.

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Al walked over to the restroom and saw these guys.

I thought this one was big….

Iguana

until I met this guy.

Iguana

The pictures probably don’t show his massive size, but he was a good  5 feet long.

Iguana

Isn’t the texture of his skin and all of his markings interesting?  He looks like something prehistoric..

Iguana

Unfortunately, Iguanas are not native to the Florida Keys and have become a problem by competing with native species for their food.   Irresponsible pet owners have released them into the wild, as they have done with pythons.   Young iguanas eat eggs of protected sea turtles, gopher tortoises and burrowing owls. As 7-foot adults, they dine on endangered flora that includes the delicate butterfly sage. For dessert they devour expensive suburban landscape plants.   There are beautiful flowering trees here at Sunshine Key and the residents are not too happy when the Iguanas eat the blooms.

We were really enjoying our day and I was getting into my new book, when all of a sudden, the wind picked up, the dark clouds came in and it rained pretty hard…for all of 5 minutes.   It’s been like that the past few days.  Sun, then rain, then sun again. 

On Tuesday, we went back to Sombrero Beach with the idea we would sit by the water and read.  It was sunny and hot one minute, cloudy and cool the next.   We found a lovely spot and stayed pretty much out of the wind.

Sombrero Beach, Marathon Florida

Afterwards we headed over to the Sunset Bar and Grill for happy hour and to watch the sunset.

You don’t find a better place this this to watch the sunset over the Atlantic ocean.

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We stayed on the upper level overlooking the beautiful heated pool.  Unfortunately a large cloud bank blocked the sunset, but it was still incredibly beautiful.  I’m sure we’ll be going back soon. Probably tonight.

This morning, we went for a 4 mile walk along the walking bridge.  Sunrise was pretty nice.

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Our two weeks here is almost over.  We’ll sure hate to leave.  For a mere $9620 we could stay the year, unless you want a waterfront site and that would set you back a mere  $17,120, plus taxes and fees. For $7380, we could stay 6 months on a cheap site or  $11,226 for a waterfront site.   If you want a waterfront site in February, you will have to cough up $2679 (before taxes and fees).  Ahhhh, the price of paradise.

24 comments:

  1. I love that header picture. He is magnificent. Too bad he's such a problem because people are so stupid. And your sunset picture - wow. Can't imagine paying $2679 for a one month stay. We don't pay that much for the whole year. But it is incredibly beautiful. Wonder if Jim and I'll ever be able to walk four miles. I'd be happy for 1/2 a mile right now.

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    1. A little at a time Sandie, a little at a time!

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  2. Karen,
    You are such a terrific wildlife photographer!!! Your calling is with National Geographic ...... Thanks for sharing......always something to look forward to with your shots ...... That cocktail hour spot is a keeper !!!! The rental rundown keeps us all up to date and in the know......high priced real estate but really a touch of paradise ..... That PERSONAL beach site you two found is super!!! Keep having fun and savor the good life !!!! Again, a BIG THANKS for sharing ....

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    1. Thank you Sally. I almost had a photo in a National Geographic one time. I was runner up in a photo contest...close but not a winner. :(

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  3. HAHAHA...your header is a hoot. But oh dear, 5 feet! I would be far away and use my zoom lens on that one.

    $17,120, plus taxes and fees... that is insane!

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    1. And what makes you think that I didn't have my big zoom lens on? :). I got a bit nervous when he started coming at me. Through the lens he looked pretty close!

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  4. I didn't know that iguanas got that big! Thanks for the tour of Curry Hammock. We were lucky, along with a few other couples, and made our reservations for 2 weeks next Fall. Good to know that it's big rig friendly. Do you know if Pennekamp is too?
    Syl

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    1. Haven't been to Pennekamp for years, but I understand it's not much for big rigs.

      lucky you... what site ? Going
      There today. need a photo?

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    2. We'll be on site 17. I've heard that some sites have the water hook up at strange locations. I like the idea of pulling to see the sea out the front window.
      Pennekamp was recently remodeled and is all FHU even though the sites may still be a little tight. I would love to do the glass bottom boat there.
      Enjoy your time in the Keys!
      Syl

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  5. Looks like we won't be going there for the winter$$$

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  6. It may be expensive, but paradise does come with a special benefit, all the Iguanas you can eat.

    Is it true they taste like chicken? Hope they don't spoil your vegan diet... ;c)

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    1. actually people do eat them. They look like they would be pretty tough to me.

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  7. Now those are some lizards! No problem getting them to take up at least 1/3 of the space in your view finder. :)

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  8. Gosh, I love the pictures of the iguanas and sunsets---magnificent!

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  9. Have you ever seen a green flash? Your sunset pictures reminded me. I saw one off the coast of Captiva Island a few years back. You have to have a view of the horizon where the sky and water meet. It happens when the atmospheric conditions are absolutely perfect. When the top edge of the sun drops below the waters surface, there may be a bright green flash that lasts for about one or one and a half seconds. It's beautiful. It's probably a once or twice in a lifetime thing. I must be lucky.

    JC

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    1. We have never seen the green flash, but we always look for it. I didn't know it happened when the top edge hits the water, so I probably quit looking for it once the bottom part hit the water. Thanks...I'll be watching for it!

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  10. Wonder if those Iguana's would eat a little Papillon? I don't mind the little ones (1-2 feet), but 5 feet? Forget about it! Sure looks pretty though I don't think I'll ever pay those prices! Safe Journeys!

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    1. I don't think they eat animals, but I'd sure keep my dogs and cats away from them...just in case!

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  11. Your posts just make me want to BE there!!! How relaxing and fun. Those iguanas ARE pretty and look really healthy!! :)

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  12. Paradise is expensive we enjoyed our week there, at a membership park with similar weather. Was nice but cold and windy for us too. Enjoy your time there and hope you get a couple nice days in.
    Great pictures by the way.

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  13. If Judy came upon an iguanas she would be terrified.

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  14. I've heard of that green flash that someone mentioned. You should try for one when you're watching all those beautiful sunsets! I love the pink ones more than the reds! Yours was just spectacular!!

    So about the iguanas... Can they just stop selling them? Are people fined? Are this is gruesome, but if they're so destructive, can they be destroyed? I couldn't do it, but I'm sure there's someone who would be willing to. Or maybe captured and put someplace? 5 ft.!! Guts, girl! You got em!!!

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  15. Great Iguana pics- Paradise ain't cheap baby :)

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  16. Five feet??? He's almost as tall (or long) as I am. I just love all the different parts of him - very interesting critter for sure. :)

    You guys are living in paradise - it's beautiful there. Love your photos.

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