Sunday December 7- Had big plans today, we all are taking a fishing trip on the Marathon Lady. We have been coming down this way for years even before our time camping. We have been going out on this particular boat since the mid 80's. We love it, they run a great operation with helpful friendly help. They are on top of things and want everyone to have a great time. We took the morning trip which was from 8:30-12:30. Molly had never been so we wanted to make sure she had fun. We picked a great day, the wind had died down and so had the waves.
We have had better days catching fish but we caught enough to feed us 4 two times. It was a great time. Everyone caught fish and we enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful views.
Monday December 8- We drove to Big Pine Key looking for key deer before getting some bait. We didn't have any luck seeing the deer this time. A funny thing whenever we drove by this Shell station at night there were always key deer there...so funny. After picking up bait back home. We went over to the beach on the east side because it was calmer. Justin and Jeff brought over the kayaks, Molly and I brought the chairs. The boys were trying to catch some fish, Molly and I caught some rays. Jeff caught a nice snapper. We had a good day on the beach, most days on the beach are great I think. Went back and enjoyed our catch from our fishing adventure.
Tuesday December 9- It was real windy today. We tried fishing under the bridge but didn't have much luck and that wind was crazy. Went back over to other side its protected from the wind. The guys wheeled the kayaks over this time. Fishing for them and sunshine for us....with a little Christmas music. Beachtime with Christmas music life is good. We planned to go out for dinner in Marathon at The Sunset Grill. Justin had been there before and liked it so back we went. We set in the tiki room and they had theses huge gas heaters that were really neat. After dinner we headed back for a game of yahtzee.
Wednesday December 10- It was really windy and cool today
so a group decision was made to head to Key West. Took the truck even though we knew parking was difficult. It was a pretty drive down. After driving in circles for awhile found a place to park. We paid for it this time. We walked down Duvall street and did a little shopping. Got the map out and found our destination, the southern most spot. That's where we headed next. Had to get some pictures there.
We went back to Duvall St to find us some lunch. We went to Willie T's. It was right on Duvall Street and out in the open air. This place had dollar bills all over the floor, ceiling and walls. Besides it being unusual the food was great too. We left here made one stop at an Irish pub and they all had a drink and listened to the entertainment. Next stop Mallory Square. We got there plenty early to check out the street performers and there were some dandy ones. The sunset wasn't bad either. Made our way to a bar along the water, brrr it was getting chilly. After all had from the sunset the sky really did some magic. It was pink everywhere, wish the camera could catch that. We made our way back to the truck and I drove us home. It was a fun day at Key West.
Thursday December 11- After all the wind lately we were pleasantly surprised by how flat the water was outside our site. I mean it was flat, smooth as glass. The guys wanted to take advantage of it and go out to fish the bridge pillars. They caught some fish but I think Justin was more excited by the dolphins that appeared by the kayak. They also saw a big turtle and a big stingray. Molly and I enjoyed our private beach. We fixed the rest of our fish for supper with some shrimp Jeff had got in Charleston, SC. Ended the evening with a beauty of a sunset.
Friday December 12- Good thing we enjoyed those calm waters yesterday because we are really rough out there again. Everyone just wanted to hang around here today. Ran to the store to get stuff for supper. Then we thought a little beach time would be nice. It was a little chilly when the sun went under. Came back home prepared supper. The sunset tonight we thought was gonna be a bust because of all the clouds but boy were we wrong. It was a doozey.
Saturday December 13- It was our last full day here and tomorrow is when Justin and Molly leave too. We had so much stuff drug out that we thought is best if we start picking it up today. Tomorrow we have to run them to Key West to catch there flight home. We had fishing stuff, snorkel stuff, kayaks, bikes, you name it we had it out there. Justin and Molly walked around while Jeff and I got busy. I had made a brunch so we had planned on an early supper and call it good. We had some friends recommend a place on No Name Key called the No Name Pub...(catchy). We drove over and walked into this place and it had dollars stuck up everywhere but way more than at Key West and way more cool. The help were super friendly and our service was great. We ordered pizza and it was really good. The garlic breadsticks are a must. Molly even saved room for a slice of Key Lime pie. It must have been really good cause she wasn't sharing.
After Molly finished her pie we left. Outside Jeff spotted some key deer so we went on a walk to try and find them. Little did we know they were back waiting for us in the parking lot of the restaurant. They are so cute and we got to get pretty close to them. What a special way to end the evening