Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Night at Boondocks Grill and Tiki Bar


Cudjoe Key, Florida (high 78, low 72)


We’re settling in and getting back in the groove of Key’s time.  The weather has been warm and we even had to run the AC at night one night, for the first time since last year.  WE much prefer to have open windows at night, but we know that’s coming to an end pretty soon.

Al’s physical therapy and shoulder injury has sidelined many activities, including biking and boating.   We have been checking out high and dry marinas the past few days, but haven’t found one that was in a convenient location and also had the customer service we expect.  Our rv lot here is what’s known as a “dry lot” which means no water.  There are more canal and ocean front lots here than dry lots, and many of the water lots don’t have a boat docked on them, so if one of our nice neighbors would offer us a place to keep our boat on the water, it would sure be nice.  So far, no luck there!

On our way up to Marathon yesterday, we stopped at Sparky’s, which is one of our favorite waterfront restaurants . We both had yellowtail snapper and it was yummy.  The view wasn’t bad either, even though it was a little cloudy.


The restaurant is next to a marina where the fishing charter boats stay.  I got a kick out of all the pelicans on this boat.  Maybe this is where the term “poop deck” comes from?  Maybe Paul can help me out.


These pelicans those to balance on the rail.  Doesn’t look like a very comfy place to nap, does it?


We came home, took a nap, then Al headed back to Key West for his therapy.  I stayed home and continued my nap.  :)

When Al got home we sat outside on the patio for a little while watching the pelicans and frigate birds put on a show.  There were about a dozen of each at one point, but I never could quite get them all in the shot.


It always surprises me to see pelicans from my “yard”. 

Our view from last year changed some, since our neighbor rented out his site, which is right in front of ours.  Last year there was no rv there, so we had the appearance of a much bigger lot.


We headed up to Boondocks Tiki Bar on Ramrod Key to watch our favorite entertainer, Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24  band.  He is quite the local celebrity and writes many of his own songs.  He always draws a big crowd, so you need to get there early to get a place to park and a seat at the bar.  He put on his usual great show and we stayed until about 10:30……very unusual for us.   It was another fun night in the Keys.

We’re heading to the clubhouse for their pancake breakfast and them maybe into Key West.  It’s fun to walk the streets and listen to the different bands.


  1. Always loved walking the streets there in Key west such a fun place, enjoy.

  2. So glad you and Al are getting to spend time in the Keys. I know it is one of, if not your favorite places to spend time

  3. Last night's national temperature map ( had a cute little red curl around the Keys. Hope your good weather continues.

  4. So glad you are back in your comfortable Keys lot....

    Kareninthewoods and Steveio
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  5. I'm sorry, I can't help you much on that "Poop Deck" because I'm unfamiliar with the bathroom habits of pelicans... ;c)

    Actually, the nautical term "Head" for a bathroom came from days of old where the forward part of the ship was where the crew went for "relief", hence the "head" part of the ship.

    Imagine hanging your tush over the side in a pitching sea, just another reason why they called sailors of old "Iron Men".

  6. Heard great things about Howard LIvingston and his music. Would love to be there in the Keys to hear it.

  7. Glad you are back in the swing of things. Hope it doesn't get too hot on you too soon and that Al's PT keeps going well so he can get back on the bike and the boating. What a shame that you have a boat but not a lot with a slip and people with those lots don't have boats.


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