Saturday, May 21, 2011


Yesterday morning we went to the Sombrero Beach park in Marathon. This is a city park with a groomed beach area (no seaweed), paved walk ways, bath houses, playgrounds for the kiddies, etc. Just beautiful. If you travel with dogs as we do, they will like the park as well. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and in the water. Plus, at the far end of the park there is an small unofficial area where dogs can run free. If you get there fairly early in the day, there is good RV parking. A 24' foot model would be a breeze, our 27' Lazy Daze can squeeze into a few spots. If you kayak, you can launch from the park as well. Nothing to not like about this place.

For lunch we went to our favorite Marathon restaurant; the Keys Fisheries, Market & Marina. It's on 35th Street on the Gulf. I has the lobster Rubin and Carol has a soft-shell crab sandwich; two wonderful choices. We had the company of a great white heron during lunch.
After lunch we checked in at the Knights Key RV park. This is one of our favorite commercial campgrounds. By Keys standards, it's not all that expensive. No-view sites are $49. We picked a very nice waterfront site that was $65/night after all taxes were added. These are "off-season" rates. Add another $25/night in-season. Starting on Monday we're staying four nights at the Curry Hammock State Park for $91 total. That does include the FL resident over 65 discount. The cost averages out.

This morning we took a walk on the old seven mile bridge. When the new bridge was built in 1982, the old one was left in place. The center span where the draw bridge was removed. For lunch today, we went to The Stuffed Pig; another Marathon locals favorite. They serve breakfast & lunch only. We shared a seafood melt and a basket of lobster & conch fritters. We didn't begin to walk far enough this morning to wear off the calories in the fritters but they were just wonderful anyway.

It's hot; summer in the Keys. About 90* with 90% humidity. When I lived in Key West as kid, we didn't have air conditioning; that was for the rich folks. You dealt with it because that's just the way it was.

In the morning we're going to drive to Key West. Haven't been there for many years.

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