Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Photo Recap – part 1


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.

gator eye


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!

Sparkey's Landing grouper

Spectacular sunsets in Key West at the famous Mallory Square.

Mallory Square, Key West 

Wonderful entertainment by the street performers on Mallory Square.

Mallory Square, Key West

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.

Higgs Beach, Key West

Sunset at Bahia Honda State Park.


some relaxing

Sunshine Key beach

Sunshine Key beach

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.  :)


Venture Out

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.

300 pound jewfish

handsome, don’t you think?

300 pound jewfish


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.



gopher tortoise



Although Tampa is not our favorite location, my family is here and we do have a pretty nice site to come back to.

ackyard at Quail Run

July finds us back in the north Georgia mountains, but I’ll save that for part 2.


  1. Me too! I t will be a great way to look back in th future.

  2. Sometimes when you look back it's hard to believe you did all that. Just think of the fun that lies ahead for 2015! :c)

  3. Wow those are some BIG fish. I love your beach lounging chair. Is it all one piece or a foot stool. Sure looks like you had a great year between your various "homes".

  4. That recap shows that you didn't waste much time enjoying life.
    Again from Kathy and myself here is wish you and Al a Safe and Enjoyable New Year and we're praying for Al's shoulder to heal quickly.

    It's about time.

  5. I lv recaps...Happy New Year! Hope you patient is finding his spring again and 2015 is good to you!

  6. Enjoyed your year end recap. Looking forward to part 2.

  7. We'd love to rent from you some summer in the keys if you're not there. It won't be this year, but probably next. We love that area.

    You had a wonderful 2014, hope 2015 will be just as good.


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