The Keys, Florida

Ahhh the Keys. This was a great week to take after being in Disney for 12 nights! after walking upwards of 20,000 steps each day, it’s a good way to unwind.

We stayed at Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina. The resort we really liked and there will be a review in the campgrounds category if you ever choose to visit this area. If you don’t travel by RV they have tiny homes that they were clearly constructing.

The weather was perfect that week. It was somewhere in the high 70’s- 80’s during the day with a nice breeze. This resort is situated on Ohio Key, basically the resort was it’s own island. Water all around!

You could take your kayak and put it in the water in a lot of places here. We don’t have kayaks yet. We will purchase inflatables. Currently we don’t have room for them and in the next month we will be purchasing a cap for the truck.

The resort is home to many cool birds, manatees, lizards of all sizes and a lot of fish. What a great place to snorkel!

We did a lot of relaxing at the resort itself almost wishing we had more time here, knowing we can come back.

Of course we would get to Key West. Key West is fun! The first time we went we went for the sunset at Mallory Square. So many people gather there for the event. a Cruise ship “Celebrity Edge” was leaving port at the time.

We walked around a bit – so festive and we were looking to eat and get a drink. We found these outdoor places with a lot of really good entertainment and we decided on Lucy’s. We had tacos that were excellent. I went for the shrimp tacos with thai chili sauce and Mike had steak tacos. My drink was the Key Lime Lucy. OMG. It was a martini that tasted better than key lime pie.

Night time is the right time at Old Key West. The weather is perfect, it’s very festive, music everywhere, just really cool.

We went during the day as well. Great food…ate at the Banana Cafe (awesome). It was really hot that day walking around. There are cool things to do like the ghost tours, Hemingway House (which we went to), Key West Lighthouse, southernmost point (90 miles to Cuba), mile 0 signpost, boat cruises, biking, drinking, Truman’s Little White House, etc.

The line was too long to wait for a picture!

The Hemingway house was eh, just ok. $14 per person for admission. You can tour the house and grounds on your own or get in on a tour guide’s dissertation. Our tour guide was a little moody and over dramatic lol. I just basically wanted to go pet all the cats with the extra paws. They liked me, I never had a problem. Mike got hissed at 😂🐯. It’s good history and I guess we had to do it. Is it most memorable? No. The guide was excellent at Monticello in Virginia…another post.

If you travel with dogs, Key West is very dog friendly. Good to know. We didn’t really come here with a plan other than to relax after Disney. Things book up and advanced planning is a good idea. We wing it a lot of the time. I am a winger lol.

There are a lot of nice bike paths in the Keys, but where we were located on Ohio Key, the Bridges of the paths on both ends were closed off so you couldn’t get too far. If they were open you’d be able to ride from Key to Key. I could have gone on the bridge with traffic but I did not. The resort was big enough I rode around there when I felt the need.

We were at the Keys for Thanksgiving week. We made a bad decision lol. We ended up going to a place that had a buffet, but they were breaking it down when we got there. They then announced a Turkey dinner special which was all the leftovers. It came out warm and was overly salty and just nasty. The resort had a pot luck where they supplied the turkey and gravy and everyone brought sides and deserts. We were going to do that but I felt I was too last minute putting our names in. Thanksgiving is very different when you are away. I really didn’t even know what day it was until biking around and someone said “Happy Thanksgiving”. In the Airstream, the small oven and the very small convection oven is ok but we don’t use it a lot. I definitely could have done a much better job!

Sweet Savannah’s on Marathon Key had a real Key Lime pie which was very good. Mike loved it. I liked my drink more.

Dry Tortugas National Park we could not do, and I wish we had planned for this.

There is one ferry that I could find that takes you (you can also travel by plane). It’s a 70 mile boat trip one way, leaves at 7:15-ish AM and comes back around 5:30PM. It’s around $150 PP and includes a meal and snorkel equipment. Dogs are not allowed. We will get there, but this time we had no plans for the dogs and they couldn’t be left all day. Key West was just under an hour drive from Ohio Key so there’s that too. I guess we will have to have a plan with dog care when we return.

There are different things to do like Theater of the Seas, or the Turtle Hospital. Check for reservations!

We were invited to a birthday party saying we were too young to go to bed early lol. We met a few nice couples, one parked diagonal from us with an Airstream and their Bernese Mountain Dog. They had a cool setup and on Thanksgiving night they were playing the holiday movies outside with a projector and a screen. We definitely need that! We met a nice couple that follow us on instagram and I am sure we will cross paths again!

I’m typing in the truck as Mike drives to our next destination, the Emerald Coast of Florida. We have two weeks at a state park there. I hear it’s beautiful so on to the next!

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