Sunshine Key Rv Resort and Marina, Ohio Key, Florida (high 81, low 75)
I’ve been doing so well sleeping in later in the mornings. At least until today. It’s 4 am and I’ve been awake since about 2:30. Oh well. We have to take the boat up to Key Largo this morning, so I guess that was on my mind. It’s about a 70 mile drive, so we set the alarm for 5 am and intended to leave just before sunrise.
Key Largo is the first of the many different islands throughout the Keys, but we never stop there since we’re in the motor home when we go through. Today will give us a chance to see some of the sights up there, so we plan to make a day of it. We’ll leave the boat there and hopefully we can pick it up tomorrow or the next day with it’s pretty new motor.
I found some interesting facts about the Florida Keys.
There are more than 800 keys, stretching over 180 miles. The longest key is Key Largo, which is 30 miles long.
The word “key” actually comes from the Spanish word “cayo” meaning “little island.”
The third largest coral reef in the world is off the coast of Key West. That reef is 160 miles long.
The temperature in Key West has never dropped below 41 degrees.
Back in 1889, Key West was the largest city in Florida.
The highest elevation in Key West is 18 feet above sea level.
We didn’t do much exciting yesterday. I cleaned house and did some laundry, while Al worked on the boat.
We took a walk up to the bridge and then around the park. Yesterday was the day they were trimming the coconut palms.
I personally think this is coconut palm murder. Notice the before and after.
We did find bunches of coconuts lying on the ground free for the taking.
I don’t know why they waited until the busiest time of the year to do the tree trimming. If this would have been my Rv, I would have been very unhappy. I guess it’s better than coconuts falling on the rig though.
Later in the afternoon we decided to take a drive down to Summerland Key to try to find a little park and kayak launch that we had heard about.
It turned out it was on Little Summerland Key, not Summerland key, but we eventually found it.
It was a beautiful 2 acre piece of property right on the Atlantic, with a cut through to the bay side. A family had generously donated it to the state.
This was our first view of the property.
The entire 2 acres is fenced off with a big gate saying no vehicles permitted. The entire property is gravel and there were plenty of places to park, but for some reason you couldn’t bring your vehicle inside the gate. You could use the property, but had to park along the road outside. I’m sure they had their reasons, but we didn’t know what they were.
These pictures were taken from the bridge above the park. If you looked one way you saw this property with an open view of the Atlantic. Notice the nice kayak launch?
If you looked the other way you saw this mangrove area which leads to the open bay. Either way was beautiful and would make for a nice kayak trip.
This is what the property used to look like. You can see they also had a boat ramp.
I was talking to a couple who just came back from a paddle. While I was talking to them, Al got out of my sight and in trouble again. :) Just two months ago, he cracked open his head on the slide out.
See all those big pretty rocks? Guess who decided to walk down them towards the water?
Guess who fell and almost ended up cracking his head on the rocks right as he was rolling towards the water?
Guess who has a bloody scratch on his leg? He’s lucky he didn’t get hurt worse.
Tell me, what was he going to see by walking out on those rocks, that he couldn’t have seen from the safety of the land?
We decided we would definitely come back to this beautiful spot for a kayak trip. Yesterday was just a reconnaissance mission. We also decided it would have been a wonderful spot to put an Rv site. Maybe they could use a volunteer to guard the park?
By the time we got home, it was time for happy hour (for both us and the kitties) We sat outside for a while and enjoyed the cool breezes. No mosquitoes here.