Wow. We had a ton of fun in the Keys before the hurricane made things way too windy for us. There's a good bit to do, especially if you like the water. We spent a lot of time swimming, snorkeling, eating, and exploring Key West (as much as one can do during a pandemic).
Since we're Thousand Trails members with the Trails Collection add-on, we stayed at the Sunshine Key RV Resort for $10 a night! It was a great campground with its own swimming area and plenty of amenities. And it is right in the middle of the keys so it's only 45 minutes to Key West and about an hour to Key Largo. It's also right next to Bahia Honda State Park, which was simply gorgeous!
Bahia Honda State Park
This is a fantastic state park! The water was beautiful while we were there and it gave us an opportunity to use our new snorkels!
Bahia Honda has incredibly beautiful fauna and the cove-side beach is fantastic. Claire was snorkeling out a ways in the designated swim area and a manatee swam underneath her! Riley had a ton of fun too!
We made a couple of day trips to Key West. It's only 45 minutes down the road and offers a ton of stuff to do. The food is fantastic! I highly recommend the Key Lime ice-cream on a stick. And the Cuban food is better than anywhere I've been so far. Check out Kim's Kuban, it's unbelievably good!
The Butterfly Garden is truly wonderous. They have so many butterflies!
Key West Garden Club
Pammy (Claire's mom) LOVES gardening and we couldn't pass up the chance to check out the garden at the local Key West Garden Club.
Just putting this here. It was delightful. This was from The Big Pine Rooster in Big Pine Key.
US Coast Guard Cutter Ingham
While Pammy, Claire, and Emerson were browsing through the farmer's market in Key West Riley and I went on a self-guided tour of the USCGC Ingham. This was really cool! It's been a long time since I've toured a Coast Guard vessel and this one was a real treat.
We had to wrap up our trip to the Keys early as a hurricane was heading in this direction and it was making things really windy for us. Driving the camper through windy conditions can be hazardous so we elected to leave before it got really bad.
We're getting ready to spend some time back in Lexington and Edison for the holidays!