Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gone Fishin'

Today we went out on a fishing boat for a morning of reef fishing. We had a great time. Our friends Nan and Ron came along to show us the ropes. 
Left to Right, Rob, Nan and Ron. Just look at those happy faces!
We were on the Marathon Lady and out of the harbor at 8:30 am sharp. There were about 30 people fishing with us today. We motored out to the reef and the fishing began. Rob and I caught grunts.

Blue Striped Grunt
We ended up with 18 of them but some were caught by Nan and added to our kitty.

I caught a Yellow Fin Snapper but it was too little and had to go back and grow more. What a bummer it was to see him swim away.
The whole boat's catch.
Nan and Ron took home some great larger fish and Ron filleted our fish along with theirs. Thanks Ron! We had some pretty tasty fish for dinner this evening. 

There were dozens of pelicans waiting for the fish cleaning. They get the scraps daily. 

This guy was trying to get the advantage. It didn't work.

We are hoping to go out again before we leave the keys on the 1st of December.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Crazy Fellow Bloggers and This Girl Learns a New Trick!

The other day we had the pleasure of meeting some fellow bloggers who just happen to follow our blog. The Crazy Marlins came for a visit! These folks are warm and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them during our brief visit. Safe travels Crazy Marlins and thanks for stopping by!
Snagged from CrazyMarlins.blogspot.com

Friday was free entrance day to Florida State Parks so we took advantage and headed to Bahia Honda State Park about 20 miles south of Marathon for some beach time. The water was 79 degrees. Warm!
Bahia Honda State Park
We met our friends Nan and Ron there and spent several hours enjoying the sights and sounds and especially the water. We were even able to get Rob into the water to cool off a couple of times. Nan snapped a photo of us slowly making our way back to shore.


We also encountered a Portuguese Man-of-war. Creepy little creature but very pretty colors.   
Portuguese Man-of-war

These critters are dangerous! They can sting you from up to 165 feet away but the average tentacle length is 30 feet. If you want to know more click here.  

The highlight of the day for me was snorkeling! 
Ron loaned me his gear and Nan took me out into the water and ever so patiently taught me the basics of snorkeling. I later found out she was a life guard and swim instructor in a previous life so I was in very good hands. 

Seriously, how long does it take to master those stupid flippers?  I'm ready to go again!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Little RV is Enjoying the Good Life in the Florida Keys

We are enjoying ourselves in the sun (with a little rain mixed in) here is the Florida Keys. 

The time change has not changed Murphy's internal clock at all. He's still on the same schedule as before only now we get up between 5:50 and 6:00 am instead of 7:00. Hopefully he will adjust soon. 
Yesterday we had a quiet day of dog park visits, sun, and swimming followed by dinner with our friends Nan and Ron who are staying just a few sites down. They are regulars here in the park returning each winter.
We all went to one of their favorite places, Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar in Islamorada about 30 miles north.  As you can see they have outdoor seating and live music. 

We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and a great dinner. 
 This was the view from our table. 


While we were enjoying our dinner a pirate ship motored by. 

Fortunately there was no plundering.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

We're Having too Much Fun to Blog in the Little RV

After months of anticipation we arrived in the Keys on Monday, October 31st. We are not at all disappointed. Our site is amazing, the weather is perfect, the campground staff and residents are kind, helpful, and friendly. It's going to be tough to leave this place on December 1st. 

We booked this reservation last winter in hopes Rob would be well enough to make the trip. We are in a very small park with only 38 sites including boat slips. This is a map of the park. Our site is in the upper, left corner. They call it the point. It's perfect. 

We have been in the pool every day since we arrived. I haven't been in a bathing suit this much for 40 years. The temperatures are right around 80 degrees during the day and in the low 70s during the night. If the humidity is low we can leave the windows open. The breeze is so nice. 


Neither of us has been in the Keys before so it's a whole new experience. Murphy seems to be enjoying it as well. He loves to nap on his cool mat on our little beach in front of the Little RV.


Yesterday I took Murphy to the local dog beach. He had a blast playing in the water.  Unfortunately he drank A LOT of sea water and got sick. He's feeling better today though. I'm not entirely sure how to keep him from drinking the water aside from keeping him off the beach and that's just sad. 

While we were at the beach I was able to do a little shelling. There were a ton of shells but they are the tiny ones. I just happen to love the tiny ones. You really have to look to find them but they don't take up much space. That's a good thing.


There are wild iguanas all over the keys. Quite a bunch of them are right here in the area surrounding the park. The come out to sun themselves. I had no idea they could swim.


We had a little fender bender on the way down here. I've driven this thing over 12,000 miles and just 14 miles north of our southern most destination we ended up in a tiny parking lot with no outlet and I got the rear passenger side tangled up with a guardrail. I was so disappointed in myself. 

A couple of the other campers here in the campground did a little magic and reattached the end cap. It looks so much better but will have to be repaired. Fortunately it's only cosmetic.