Sunday, March 4, 2012

Last Day in the Keys...Sniff, sniff!

How did we spend our last day in the Keys?  Here's how........We washed our windows inside and out. We did some spring cleaning..washing the inside floors, thoroughly cleaning all the dust and dirt that manages to squeeze in through the screen windows during a stay at a park....

We went looking for roseate spoonbills which we heard might be in the Torch Key area....we drove out a two lane road to the end of the key, but no spoonbills....just brackish marshes and mangroves.....didn't even see any birds at all!  On our way home, we stopped at the Golden Margarita restaurant...two tacos and a margarita special....6.00. What a deal! Great tacos, great margaritas...What was different, was this Mexican restaurant was run by a Viet Namese family....just a little surprised at that. Made me think of a country western song I heard yesterday, about Italian ice, French fries, something about being All American with many different nationalities making our country one big melting pot! At any rate, the food was great at Golden Margarita and we recommend it!

We came home, Sparky hung out at the pool for the last time.....sniff, sniff....
Sparky people watched at the pool......Being in the Keys has this effect on people......
Sparky visited the cafe where we ate a good and reasonably priced breakfast a few times.....
Sunshine Key has pickleball courts--we tried them out briefly, but Sparky has a weak Achilles tendon that acted up., we didn't play long.....They sure are nice courts!
Sparky went around and captured her "faves" of Sunshine Key....... a primo site.....
We're gonna miss the beautiful flowers.....
The cool cabanas.....
Sunshine Key even has its own "southern most point" in the park! You can see the real one in Key West......
Unless you take a ferry to the Dry Tortugas, a spectacular way to see another one of our national parks....That costs quite a bit to's an all day trip with two meals, a four hour boat ride, a tour at the national park that will set you back about 129.00. The Dry Tortugas National Park is another 70 miles west of Key West and only accessible by seaplane or the ferry. It looked really interesting....but another time perhaps.....

We'll miss seeing the windsurfers at the Veteran's Memorial Park....which is just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from, no admittance charges, a nice little park to go hang out for an afternoon with shaded picnic areas...
We'll miss the cool creatures, too! We saw this iguana crossing the bike path near Marathon...

We really enjoyed our stay at Sunshine Key...It's a very highly rated park and we can see why...We'll be back!
Bye for's time to leave and head north...we're going back through the Everglades and heading towards Vero Beach with a stop or two along the way......See you on the road.......


  1. Wow, there is a lot to miss there. Too bad you gotta leave! Thanks for sharing.

  2. It brings back memories. If you take Hwy 41 through the northern part of the Everglades check out the tram tour at Shark Valley. We saw two spoonbills while there in January.

  3. You'd love the Tortugas. We went there years ago and tent camped over night. The snorkeling was great and it would be a wonderful place to kayak. Unfortunately we didn't have kayaks back then.

    You made me miss the Keys. You have such an "island" feeling. We only have about two more weeks till we go.

    You'll like Sunshine Travel in Vero Beach....but then again you're probably already there.

  4. Such a wonderful place to visit, wuth some great memories stored, thanks for sharing.

  5. Such a wonderful place to visit, wuth some great memories stored, thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh what a lovely place, I really bet you hate to leave. At least you can keep the memories (and look back at your blog posts)

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. I can sure see why you hate to leave.

    Wish I'd thought to suggest that you just get in your car and go up and down the keys stopping in every RV park and asking about work camping. A distant acquaintance did that and landed a job.

    You could stay then. And Eldy would love the price. :-)

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