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Old 01-07-2008, 10:48 AM   #15
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Back on the road after 3 really wonderful days at the Can Opener Rally (see other thread if you have several hours to peruse a very nice event).

Left from Topsail around 8'ish yesterday and drove all day, stopped for dinner at a friends house, and finally got to Naples around 9 PM. I hate driving in the dark and finding the campground with no daylight and this was no exception.

But anyway, after a couple wrong turns a doubling-back (19 footer is nice for U-turns) we found our way and pulled into our spot at the KOA here in Naples.

The sites here are really short, not sure what you would do with a 30 footer and a big dually pickup as you can see in pic 1 my 19' is almost end-to-end.

Got up this morning and got my first mosquito bite !!!!! Ordinarily I would be mildly irritated, but this is great as it means we are finally far enough south for bugs --- and if it is warm enough for bugs it is warm enough for me...

I was just talking with the guy across the road from me with Minnesota plates on his 5er and he says there is snow back at his place ??? and freezing cold ???

I am just sitting here at the dinette with my view out the screen door at palm trees.... See my 3rd pic if any clarification is desired...

Still 250+ miles to Key West but should make it after lunch today...

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Dave and Shari,

If I had known that you were stopping in Naples. The KOA is a couple of minutes from the big RV 'Resorts' that I service every day. Coud-a-stopped by for a cold one before heading up to Dometic in Indiana.

If you intend to stop by again in Naples on the way back, drop me a line!
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:18 PM   #16
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Hwy 41 thru Everglades

Lots of 'Gators....

I thought that was a football team or something down here ??? But looks to me like they are all along the road...

Pic 2 shows how close they are to the road. We took Hwy 41 from Naples across to Homestead and these were all along Hwy 41.

Weather is really nice... You either need the A/C on or the windows down so we chose windows down.

Note the "Panther Crossing" sign -- I have never seen one of those before...

Anyway, glad we took Hwy 41 vice the toll road as we really saw lots of creatures along the way.

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Old 01-07-2008, 07:41 PM   #17
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Great pictures.
Some of the biggest gators in Fla are over at the Cape where they are protected. They look like telephone poles swimming in the water.
Not always being the sharpest knife in the drawer, I once tried to see how close I could get to one that was sunning on the bank. That gator went from statue stiff to the speed of greased lightning in nano seconds. Jumped straight at me before diving at the last second beneath the row boat I was approaching it in. I thought I was a goner.

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Old 01-07-2008, 07:56 PM   #18
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Can I get any closer the Water ???

Made it in to Key West.....

Since a picture says a thousand words... here is 2,000 words for all my friends up in Michigan. Minnesota, Montana....

this is just too nice..... 82 degrees in the shade....

"warmest" regards, Dave & Shari
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:00 PM   #19
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Made it in to Key West.....

Since a picture says a thousand words... here is 2,000 words for all my friends up in Michigan. Minnesota, Montana....

this is just too nice..... 82 degrees in the shade....

"warmest" regards, Dave & Shari
That looks like the same spot that I had when I was there!!!....NICE
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:52 PM   #20
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Boyd's Campground Site # 123

Site # 123

There is literally nothing to prevent you from backing right into the water...

I made sure my wheel chocks were in and very secure before unhitching...

Oh, and did I mention Delmonico Steaks on the grille ????

And also that is Shari checking emails -- Verizon broadband nationwide access at 2.4 mbps working great...

Also, they said it is against some local ordnance or something for anyone in Key West to go to bed before midnight so we gotta go cruise....
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #21
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Smile Key West

Key West...

Cruised around town all day today, did lots of touristy stuff -- even had a cheeseburger at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant !!!!

Anyway, some more pics of the route down to here on the causeway thru the keys. It is only about 125 miles from Miami but you should think of that as a 4 hour drive.

Also one more pic of here at Boyd's Campground. Not tons of room, sites are tight but the big rigs are all in here somehow. I wouldn't want to have to back into some of these spots, but they got them in there somehow.

Oh, the last pic is the outside temperature (and for those of you in Michigan, Minnesota or Montana, yes, that is ABOVE zero...)

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Old 01-08-2008, 08:49 PM   #22
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Wow! Are we jealous - great pics. It's hard to believe we just saw you a few days ago at Topsail and now you're in Key West while I'm back in the 8-5 grind. Have a great time. BTW, I just signed up for the Springstream Rally in April in Hiawassee. See you again somewhere and have a good trip home.
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Dave & Shari,
Great thread. And having once lived in Florida, I'm really enjoying the pictures.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:31 PM   #24
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Hey Dave and shari, If you're at Boyd's you should go to the Hogfish grill there on stock island. To get directions go to the West Marine store on the corner and ask. If you'd like some good cuban food try El Sibonays on the corner of Margaret and catherine streets. Few tourists, resonable, and great food. Breakfast at Pepe's down by schooner warf is always a great way to start the day. We stay at Geiger Key Marina when we're in the Keys, check it out, it's owned by the same people that own the Hogfish grill. To get there, go back up the keys to just past the NAS at boca chica to Big Coppit Key, about MM10. At the circle k on the right, turn right go about a mile and you'll find a campground tucked away. It has about 35 sites, full hookups, a bar and smokehouse with live music on the weekends. It probably has some of the best kayaking in the keys. It's definitley a local spot, but we love it. Their T'shirts say it's the backside of paradise and you can believe it. We generally spend at least a month there every summer. If you'd like some more info about the Keys PM me, I used to live there. (during the 70's but I still have good friends there). Have Fun --Mark--
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:40 PM   #25
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Still on the beach

Well, still just being a bum down here -- sure is nice...

Worked on my frig this morning (it's back working fine now) so I am worn out from my 1 hour's worth of work today - I will have to take it extra easy tomorrow...

Not much to update as there are only so many pictures of reclining in a beach chair and then they all start to look alike. Some of the pics below are at an old fort right at the tip of Key West island, Civil War era cannon etc. Nice stuff for History type people (I am a History major so I like to wander around old stuff).

The beach pictures are at a State Park sort of behind the old fort, and a few of the local watering holes around town - there are plenty of those - we haven't hit all of them yet, but are doing our best... Also there are some ships out in the harbor. They even have Pirates walking around down here ?

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If you have the time and funds a flight to the dry tortugas is very cool. They alos run ferrys. You can camp out there but tents only.
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I'm loving this thread.....feels like we're riding along with you. Love your Bambi. Thanks for the trip!
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:44 AM   #28
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Finishing up in Key West...

Finally had to head out of Key West going back up north... Going to stop off in Daytona Beach for a nite, then South Carolina and then back to MD. Basically right up I-95. Not much to see along the way, but it maximizes our time down south.

It was really nice at Boyd's Campground at mile post 4. Just one bridge from Key West itself and very nice people here, we will repeat, hopefully next winter.

Only had one day if drizzle while here, and that was accompanied by really strong winds - must have been 40 mph or so. Got up that morning and some people were tossing what was left of their tent into the dumpster here in the campground. The tent sites are really exposed on the point sticking out into this little bay here and their tent was a goner. The winds were strong enough to rock the Airstream and I was worried the vent lids would break off so I closed the Fantastic Fan and the rear vent and lowered the TV antenna - it was really windy.

Other than that one day it was absolutely beautiful down here. I can see why people become "snow birds" and head south for the winters.

Here is a few more pics of around town, we like to just walk and walk and see the town. Lots of really nice houses, and right next to them a couple of shacks looking like they are ready to fall over. If they ever do get a direct hit from a big hurricane I think about 1/3 of the town is going to blow away. The first pic is of a Navy jet right over the campground. There is a Naval Air Station right across the little bay from the campground and several times a day they go right over your head - and are LOUD !!!

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