Saturday, November 23, 2013

All Good Things Must Come To An End

I’m talking about our 3 weeks in the Keys. You didn’t think I meant something else, did you? Nope.

Most full-timing couples re-evaluate things periodically. Do they still love this lifestyle? Do they want to continue? Do they want to settle down someplace again? Regrow roots? We know a few couples who have “hung up the keys” recently. There are others that decided, for one reason or another, to become part-timers.  We just completed our 3rd year of full-timing in October and, for us, this is still the lifestyle we want to live. We have totally enjoyed our travels and the friends we’ve made along the way and look forward to much more. We will be spending our first winter in Florida this year, something we’re already enjoying :) Our planned Spring/Summer travels will take us to Tennessee to visit the grandkids (the adult kids too), Indiana to visit family and friends and then into Michigan and the UP before coming down into Wisconsin to spend time with my family. We’ll figure out where we go from there later. Planning on the fly is one of the best perks of this lifestyle :)

We are slowing working our way to the Crystal River area of the state where we’ll stay until March 1st. We have a few maintenance items to take care of on the way. The Jeep just got 4 new tires, one tie rod and two front lower control arms. Hopefully, she will be good to go for awhile. Lucy is scheduled for a new windshield next week. One of the hazards of driving I-95 or any other place. It’s only a matter of time before you get a ding or, in our case, a crack from top to bottom. The following week, Lucy is having some of her other glass repaired. We have a few windows fogging and are going to try the repair offered at Suncoast Designers in Hudson, FL. instead of replacing the windows. I’ll report more on that later.

For now, we are taking some R&R and relaxing back at Port St. Lucie COE in Stuart, FL. We need to rest up from all our Keys fun :)

We celebrated Bill’s birthday. It was a BIG one Birthday cake

Birthday

A cookout with all the fixin’s complete with a Lima Bean Cake that Tricia made. It was really a regular cake but had a lima bean on the frosting as a tribute to Bill’s least favorite vegetable :)

Lima Bean Cake

The guys cranked the old fashioned ice cream maker that Bruce and Laura brought along and Bill got to lick the beater :)

UmmUmmGood

We did more kayaking and saw many iguanas and other “wildlife”.

Wildlife

We went back to Key West for a day so we could go to Mile 0 and only be 90 miles from Cuba…

Mile Zero

and 126 miles to the closest Wal-Mart :)

Our last week was spent in Key Largo where we relaxed, paddled, bicycled, fished and harvested coconuts. Life is good.Island with a palm tree

Put de lime in de coconut

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Curry Hammock State Park in the Florida Keys

A year ago, a group of our friends all decided to go to the Florida Keys in November. Reservations in a state park in the Keys are very hard to come by but we we all got on our computers when the dates opened in the reservation system and within minutes of each other, all scored reservations at Curry Hammock State Park. Not only did we score reservations for the same time, we got sites all together! This was going to be so much fun :)

We all arrived at Curry Hammock on Monday, Oct 28. The weather couldn’t be better. It has been mid 80’s, sunny and breezy the entire time we’ve been here up until today. The water has been warm and we’ve done our fair share of floating in the water on our tubes and mattresses.

Curry Hammock State Park

We’ve enjoyed many sunrises and sunsets. Even an eclipse!

Sunrise Sunset

We walked and biked and

Walking and Biking

just sat around talking.

Part of the Group

One night, we went to the famous Sunset Grill for dinner and the sunset.

Dinner

We had a great time in Key West on Halloween :)

Halloween in Key West

We even got a picture of Rick in front of “his” place :)

Rick's Place

We went deep sea fishing and caught some nice Snapper.

Deep Sea Fishing

Today it rained. It was a nice down day and gave us all a chance to catch-up on mundane normal things like cleaning, grocery shopping and blog writing :)

Oh wait! The rain has stopped and the game board is up in Bill and Nancy’s screen room next door :) Time to leave you with one more glimpse of paradise before I go out to join the group.

Off 7 Mile Bridge

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle