Key West, Florida April 26 to May 3rd

We left Weston, Florida around 8 and headed south.  The ride was quite easy and because it was Sunday not to much traffic.  Once we got to the Keys the area was all new for me – Tim had been as far as Marathon about 37 years ago while on temp duty during active military service,  but of course most things look different.  We enjoyed the ride looking at the water and different sites.  We arrived in Key West around 2 and checked into the Rv Park called Sigsbee which is part of Key West Naval Air Station.  We were very lucky to get a spot right on the water with full hookups.  The campground has 93 sites plus overflow parking,  and a nice laundry.  It is also very handy to walk to different places – we walked to the commissary, exchange, MWR office, marina and the Sunset Lounge.  The Sunset Lounge is a Tiki Bar that sells food and drinks.  The bar is open to outside and you can watch the wonderful sunset while eating or drinking.  We had alot of fun while here and met alot of nice people.

Key West is an island and the most southernmost point in the continental United States.  It is a real party town with many bars with music to really enjoy yourselves while in the area.  The island was finally connected to the mainland by railroad in 1912 and finally by Route 1 in 1938.  The keys are linked by 42 bridges and 126 miles long.  Their is a 7 mile bridge which is pretty cool – it amazes me how they could build a bridge over water – mind boggling.  The keys have loads of living coral reefs to enjoy by glass bottom boats but much to windy while we were in the area. 

We did ride around checking out every thing we could.  We took the conch tour train which takes you around the island for 90 minutes and explains different things about the city.  They told us how important the military was to this area as they are the ones whom brought fresh water to the island and also many jobs.  The Navy arrived here in 1823 – the army in 1845.  There are 4 different locations of the Navy today.  One of the most interesting areas was Truman Annex which was the old Navy base closed in 1974.  While President Truman was president he used to come to Key West and stay in one of the homes on base which is now called Truman’s Little White House.  Today it belongs to the state of Florida and you are allowed to tour the home.  All around the area is old housing that has been fixed up and sold to private citizens.  The homes are just beautiful and well kept.  I was drooling looking at them – bet they have a pretty hefty cost to buy. 

One day we went to the Key West Naval Air Station and watched the jets taking off and landing.  We also visited the beach  and marina on base.  Very nice area.

We took a ride up the keys stopping at 3 different state parks.  Our first was Long Key State Park which is located in Long Key.  This park has hiking trails, canoe trails, picnicking, swimming, fishing and camping.  They offer 60 sites with access to the beach from your campsite.  It was a beautiful park and we hope to return here someday and camp on the ocean again.

Our next stop was Curry Hammock State Park located in Marathon.  It became a state park in 1991 and sits on the ocean with over 1000 acres.  They have a beautiful beach with swimming and 28 campsites.  Another place we would not mind staying.

Our next stop was Bahia Honda State Park.  This became a state park in 1961 and has the most things here.  They have boating, marina, snack bar, gift shop, snorkeling tours, dive shop, beach, swimming, picnic shelters, nature center, fishing, and camping.  This is another cool park – Florida has very nice state parks with water and electric at all campgrounds.

Our stay in Key West came to an end on May 3rd when we headed north and then west to Naples, Florida.  Stayed tuned for our next stop.