Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 72, low 55)
Merikay had a good idea of doing a photo recap of her year. I thought it was such a good idea that I decided to copy. Thanks Merikay.
found us in the Tampa area for most of the month, but by the end of January we were on our way to the Florida Keys!
The picture below is a close up of a gator taken at the Oasis Visitor center off highway 41 in the Everglades. We always stop there on the way to the Keys.
was full of fun and excitement in the Keys. We did some kayaking while the boat was in the shop having a brand new motor installed. There is some really great kayaking in the Keys with lots of calm clear water.
Wonderful fried hogfish sandwiches!
Spectacular sunsets in Key West at the famous Mallory Square.
Wonderful entertainment by the street performers on Mallory Square.
Feeding the Tarpon at Bud n Mary’s Marina on Islamorada
Still in the Keys
The Frangipani are starting to bloom!
We spent a day walking around the beautiful Key West beaches. We’re not ones to sit at a beach.
Sunset at Bahia Honda State Park.
And most importantly, in March we closed on our very own Rv lot in the Florida Keys!
It’s not fancy and it’s not on the water, but it’s in the Keys, and it’s all ours. :)
Our patio view
Pretty nice sunsets here too.
Sunrises aren’t bad either.
Still in the Keys
The winds and seas calmed down allowing us to get out to the reefs for some fishing, boating, and snorkeling.
This is Nemo, a 300+ pound Goliath Grouper/Jewfish that lives on Looe Key Reef. He’s quite a character.
handsome, don’t you think?
It was almost time to head back to Tampa, so we packed a lot into our last week or so in the Keys.
(this wasn’t us) but doesn’t it look like fun?
savoring the memories until the next year.
We’re back in Wesley Chapel (Tampa bay area)
We have some new friends in the back yard.
Although Tampa is not our favorite location, my family is here and we do have a pretty nice site to come back to.
July finds us back in the north Georgia mountains, but I’ll save that for part 2.