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THE TRIP TO KEY WEST

A highway with beautiful scenery

sunny 88 °F

Hi!

We left the campground pointed toward Key West not knowing what to expect. That is the adventure in what we are doing! To sum it up there is water, water, beautiful Carribean-blue water everywhere! The highway, US#1 is a 2 lane road which either starts or terminates in Key West. The other end either starts or terminates at the US/Canadian border in Maine. I was surprised at the presence of vacation housing, marinas, and supporting businesses at nearly every Key (island) along the 70+ mile route to Key West. With the risk of hurricanes each year people just continue to build or re-build regardless of the exposure to these storms. The traffic was fairly light although this is regarded as 'off-season'. I have heard horror stories of traffic jams occuring along this 2 lane highway during high season.

It was about noon when we arrived at our little 'boutique' campground, called EL MAR, one that I just chose off the internet. While a little expensive (everything is in Key West) it is located on a small point of land overlooking a bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. There are but 7 sites, all facing the water with lush greenery and palm trees along the water's edge. So beautiful. We pulled into our site with the windshield (4' X 8') facing the water. What a view from our living room! After getting set-up we drove into town, about 2 miles away, to get a 'lay of the land'. We discovered that there is much more to Key West than we had experienced in arriving by ship or ferry. On those 3 occasions we were limited to walking or the tourist trolley. There is a major infrastructure of shopping plazas, car dealerships, marinas with thousands of boats, and dozens of hotels, and scores of restaurants and the National Security presence of our Navy ships, submarines, and fighter aircraft with attached personnel. Naturally, T-shirt shops, etc. abound! About mid-afternoon we decided to head back to the mh. Along the way we found a Marriot hotel with a pool-side cabana overlooking the sea. It was marguerita time! What fun. Later, for dinner we chose a place recommended by friends. It was called 'Blue Heaven' located in an old building that had survived many hurricanes. To describe it as Key West wild in its decorating would be appriopriate. The fresh seafood was delicious, of course. After dinner we strolled Duval Street to observe the sights and to walk off dinner! It was nice, however, to return to our air-conditioned mh for the evening temps were in the lower 80's with humidity in the 90% range. No compaints, however.

We are booked in here for 4 nights so today we plan to attach our folding bikes to the carrier and explore more of Key West. More of our adventures tomorrow.

Dick

Posted by dixter 05:32 Archived in USA Tagged west road to key

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