Monday, February 20, 2017

Change in Plans and Just Having too Much Fun!!!

First our change in plans. As I have been posting, we were due to leave Key West on March !st and begin our adventure northward. Sheryl has a Local Doctor here (for as much time as we spend here) and he suggested she have a local Cardiologist also (just in case). He put in a referral and an appointment was made just meet him and begin a history (again, just in case). The appointment went well, ok more than well, Sheryl described her history and some of the current and past issues she has been having, including her suggested treatments.  Now we are not saying she was receiving poor care in OKC, but the doctor here was very concerned, that what we were telling him just didn't add up and believed there could be a better course of treatment. He seems to be very, very knowledgeable and made a lot of sense. So long story short, he has ordered several cardiac tests which will take a few weeks to complete and get on a course of treatment. Anyway we will be staying in Key West for a little longer (not like that's a bad Ok, now on to the fun stuff!!!

 We helped one of our friends celebrate her birthday. starting with a get together at their place for cake and drinks (yes drinks and is Key West after all), then a night on the town.

 The night on the town started with a Drag Queen Show at the Aqua Lounge on Duval St. (now we can truly say we've experienced Key The show it'self wasn't all that great, but our little group made it a really fun time.

 The arctic February weather here has been, so brutal in fact, we had to break out the floaty's to cool off.

 What better way to end a day of floating in the Gulf, than listening to a little live music out on the lawn at the Sunset Lounge here on base.

 The weekend also brought the monthly base Craft/Yard sale. I, of course offered up several photos of the local area and did pretty good, making 9 sales.

After the Craft sale, we put some of our earning to good use, dinner out with friends at a great little pizza place just off Duval St. The Pizzas and the Calzone we had are cooked in a real wood fired oven and just added that extra dimension of flavor (very good).
So that was this week, here in Key West and as said several more to go. As you can tell we are really enjoying our time here and are looking forward to several more weeks of great weather and fun with friends. See Ya Next time!!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Food and Fun

 The calm before the storm as they say, or in this case just the calm. Our week started out with this amazingly still calm morning. Great for beauty, bad for dry camp as no breeze makes for a sticky hot sleep, but we're not complaining as this very seldom happens.

 A couple days later, the campground hosted a International Food Pot Luck. Spaghetti and ham was provided and everyone was asked to bring a side dish. Wow, I don't think we've seen so much food in a very long time. It also looked like half the park came out.

 We claimed a table along with several of our friends and let the feasting begin!!! It was a great time and some really great food.

 Last night, the Sunset lounge here on base hosted a couple of talented RV'ers. The sang some really good classic rock tunes and turned out to be pretty darn good!!!

 Of course a selfie for the occasion was in order.

Even the bad weather here in the keys can be beautiful. I went out to shoot the sunset as this rain storm blew by just east of us. Not much in the way of clouds in the west for the sunset so the thunderheads picked up all that great light.
We got our notice to move to full hook ups tomorrow, 3 days early, that's not to bad and alas, the spell was broken, no water front site this time, however the next best thing, but more on that later. We will also be working on our last 2 weeks here in paradise, we are heading up the road (as they say) on the March 1st. Going to Miami to visit our son for a few days and to see our newest grand daughter, so looking forward to that!
So that's all the news from here in the keys and we'll see you next time.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Busy Weekend

 Quite the busy weekend we had. That's one thing we can say, there always seems to be something going on here at the base or in town to keep you entertained during these frigid winter months here in Key West. Friday night started out with a little star gazing. A couple here in the park are really into astronomy, so they broke out their telescopes and invited everyone to stop by and view the night sky. It was a pretty cool experience, with the best view being of the moon. You can always see the numerous craters, but this time you could actually see the mountain ranges.

 The Sunset Lounge here on base (right on the water) is under new management, and with that, much improved entertainment. This weekend they brought in a really good local classic rock band. They played for 4 hours and we all had a great time.

 Sunday of course brought Super Bowl Sunday and what kind of super bowl would it be with out a party, so of course one was in order. One of our friends in full hookups hosted this years extravaganza! The food was great and the adult beverages were flowing. Oh and the wasn't bad Thanks Steve and Deb.

 This weekend was also the Ft Zachery Taylor State Parks Civil War Days. A civil war camp was set up inside the fort with period actors, displays, canon battles, etc.

 The camp was very realistic.

 We seemed to get our times mixed up as we though we would get to see the ship to shore naval battle, alas, we were to late. However we did get to see the can cannon battery fire on the Disney Cruise ship as she sailed by, that'll teach the ole mouse to invade Key West!!!

A couple of photos I processed to give that period look.

Thank goodness it's Monday so we can relax......whew!!! Now to see what next week brings, so until then..................................

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Big Bingo Winners!!! and Keeping Entertained

 This weeks highlight was the ladies winning big at bingo!!! The Coast Guard Chiefs Mess hosts Tuesday night bingo, so Sheryl and a couple of her friends decided to go. We husbands went also, but held down the bar while the girls played. The girls all shared cards and agreed to share any winnings, the final game came and wouldn't you know Sheryl's friend won the big jackpot. The jackpot was shared and a couple of happy campers walked away with big smiles.

 We got lucky one day and we awoke to no breeze at all, bad for dry camping, good for kayaking out on the open water. The water was like glass and made for a great morning paddle.

 Key West hosted their yearly Key West Arts and Crafts Fair, I took the bike downtown just to check it out. Turned out to be your standard craft show, nothing exciting.

 After checking out the craft show, I tooled around town for a bit and ran into a fellow RVer from the base,ending up at Willy T's on Duval St, listing to some great music.

 And then Winter hit, the cold front blew through bringing rain and arctic temps in the 70's. We toughed it out for the day and lived to tell about it!!!

 One of the friends we made here is a chain saw carver from Washington State. The other day he was talked into giving a demonstration of his skills. He is quite the talented guy and caved a couple of bears out of a piece of driftwood and a 4x4.

 The proud PaPa and his creation.

 Sheryl decided she needed her teeth cleaned, so we found a dentist here in Key West. Just had to post a shot of their office as it is so Key West.

Yesterday the wind died down abit, so out came the kayaks again. This time we headed over to the Mangrove tunnels by the Key West airport. It been since last year the I kayaked through them and they are still just as amazing to do. The tunnels are a 1/4 to 1/2 mile long and in many places only an arms width across but no wider than you see in the pictures, and only a couple of feet deep. One tunnel takes you out to a large salt flat area by the airport where you can explore for as long as you want. Another tunnel takes you back out to the canal and back to the put in. It was a fun few hours and we had a great time.
That's another week or so in the bag, staying busy and just enjoying life. The weeks ahead are filled with things to do here in the park, so we'll be picking and choosing our poison. So until next time........................................

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Key West Life

 Well, the new year has been cruising right along. We have been enjoying our waterfront view and just soaking it all in. One thing we have noticed this year as apposed to the last two years we were here, is we are taking life at a much slower pace. Seems as if last year we went to every event offered both on and off base and seemed to stay quite busy. Now that doesn't mean we didn't have a great time or that we haven't been enjoying ourselves this year, we have, just taking it easy. I guess you can say we've set our clocks on island time.

 Our friend Mike and Judy came in from Maine just after the first of the year and a couple of weeks after settling in, they hosted a roasted turkey dinner with all the fixings. The food was great and so was the company!!!

 One thing we were finally able to do, was get the Kayak out, it's been alittle to windy lately, but it has tapered off some now and makes for an enjoyable paddle. We decided to take Scrappey with us and wondered if he still liked going out. Well, he answered that question for us when we put the kayak at the waters edge and he immediately went over and jumped in it. We put his little puppy life vest on him and off we went.

 With Key West being a small island, we found we can leave my bike at a take out point and drive the kayak to where we want to put in. At the end if the trip it's just a short ride back on the bike to the Jeep, so basiclly a self shuttling service, this sure makes it handy. We also decided to give Scrappey a new adventure, he has not been on a bike since he was a wee little puppy, and didn't know if he would still be ok with it. Well, to say the least, he was more than ok, he loved it!!! so now he get to go on bike rides with us too.

 While yours truly and Scrappey were gone to get the Jeep, Sheryl took full advantage of the cushy blow up kayak and settled in for a little down time.

 Well, once again it was time to give up our primo waterfront spot in full hook ups and head back over to dry camp for what will be our long stint, probably 30 days. As luck would have it, once again we scored a fantastic spot right on the water again, we must be living right!!!

 With the water being just steps away, whats better than sitting with your feet in the clear gulf waters in the shade of a palm tree. We can get used to this island life pretty quick!!!

 A few days ago, we headed out for a day trip up the Keys. First stop was the No Name Pub on No Name Key, a fun place with good food and a great atmosphere.

 After a yummy lunch, we spent some time at Bahia Honda State Park. The bridge behind us is the original Rail Road bridge. When vehicle transportation became more popular and people wanted to drive more, they decided, instead of building another bridge, they would build a road on top of the rail Road bridge, thus killing to birds with one stone. Apparently it worked pretty well until a new bridge was needed and the rail road quit running. We enjoyed the park for a while then headed back home.

 Next on the agenda is the Sigsbee Flotilla, at least that's what we call it. When the wind cooperates we all get our floaties out and tie off to an anchor (concrete block) so we don't float away and just enjoy the day and each others company.

 Last night the base hosted a Luau, it's usually held during the Summer, but this year it was moved to now. Of course our gang got together and enjoyed the show.

 It was quite a nice event and lots of people showed up, hard to believe it's usually held in the summer when no one is here. Maybe they'll see the error of their ways and host it in the winter again next year.

 Of course whats a Luau without Hula Dancers. There were also fire dancers, but the pictures didn't turn out.

Sheryl and I having a good time at the Luau.

As you can tell, we have been enjoying ourselves, just at a slower pace, which suits us just fine. Hard to believe it's mid January, we have to pinch ourselves sometimes.

Oh, there is big news for us. We've decided to give Work Camping a try this year. We put in several applications at several federal parks, but haven't heard back from them. Sheryl then found a private campground who were looking for work campers and we got the job!!!. 12 hours a week in exchange for a full hook up site. The campground is located just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side. It looks like a great location and the owners seem really friendly. We report in Mid July and work till mid Oct, how great is that!!! We are so looking forward to it.

Ok, that's it for now, been on the computer long enough, island time is