Life in Key Largo

 

Sunset from our campground, Calusa

Sunset from our campground in Key Largo

We have been in Key Largo for almost two weeks now. We returned to one of our favorite campgrounds from last year, Calusa Campground, staying in the same site.   We were able to get it for 7 weeks, which was awesome as this is kind of our last hurrah. When we leave at the end of February, we will start our journey home to Washington State (we refer to it this way now, as most people think Washington means DC). This campground is our little slice of heaven. It is a mixed bag of full time owners who either live here or come in for weekends and a small percentage of people like us who are transients trying to soak up the low-stress lifestyle of The Keys.

Mike soaking it all in

Mike soaking it all in

Our site, tent is for nighttime to avoid the bugs.

Our spot on the bay.  The tent is for nighttime to avoid the bugs.

Our spot is right on the bay and Mike is able to fish daily. He landed a small shark the other day, which was pretty exciting. His hope it to catch the big one, the Tarpon that everyone is after. I have been walking every day, trying to get in my 10,000 steps, and we are using our bikes a lot. We have a Publix grocery across the street and there is an amazing fruit stand next door that we hit every few days. We have great neighbors on either side of us. Nick & Sherry from the Ft. Lauderdale area work during the week, then come down on Thurs for the weekend. Pete & Bonnie from Minnesota are renting like us. One of the best parts of the park is the huge pool, only about 50 yards from our site. We have been using it a lot, a great place to meet people too.

Mike's big catch, a 3 foot Nurse Shark

Mike’s big catch, a 3-foot Nurse Shark

The Manatee's come right up to our site, they like the fresh water

The Manatee come right up to our site, they like the fresh water from the bucket

Mama and Baby Manatee

Mama and Baby Manatee

We have been cooking a lot at home, but have enjoyed hitting local places including Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill Happy Hour. Mike can get half-priced peel & eat shrimp and wings and Tuesday is ladies night, which means that my drinks are free. One day we drove about 30 minutes south to Islamorada to see Candy & Cheryl, who we met on a cruise last year. They own a few of the souvenir shops at Robbie’s Marina. We showed up out of the blue, but Cheryl was there and bought us a beer and we spent an hour catching up. They have a great thing going there and it was nice to reconnect.

Ladies night at the Big Chill

Ladies night at the Big Chill

One day we went to Brew on the Bay, the annual Key Largo Brewfest. We love “lucking” into these types of events. This one was pretty cool. There were 30+ breweries there, the setting was amazing and surprisingly it wasn’t very crowded. There were a few of the usual breweries that we seem to always see, but most of them were ones that we have never sampled before including a few from the Keys. There were multiple bands playing, yummy food and overall a pretty great atmosphere.

Brew on the Bay

Brew on the Bay

Taps right on the side of the car

Taps right on the side of the car

This was the day of the game vs Carolina. Ran into this Panther fan.

This was the day of the game vs Carolina. Ran into this Panther fan.

We have really settled in nicely to our temporary home. This is the longest, by far, that we have stayed in one place. I struggle a lot with feeling like we aren’t really doing anything. I mean, we are busy with everyday type of chores and exploring, but the days just seem to be slipping by. I have this ridiculous feeling of guilt at times, but then I snap out of it and remember to embrace this time. Soon enough, we will be home working again and daydreaming about our time on the road. Now is the time to live in the moment!

Up next…Seahawks game on Sunday! It has been fun flying our flags. AND, our great friends, Sunny & Mitch Cameron, arrive on Friday for a week. Can’t wait to see them and share our lifestyle with them!

Soaking it all in!

The water is just so blue!

We love the nightly sunsets

We love the nightly sunsets

6 thoughts on “Life in Key Largo

  1. Ken and Karen

    Hi from Ken and Karen (Everglades City). We are heading to Punta Gorda for a month. Then to Bonita Beach for a month and then where ever for as long as we want. Keep in touch if you can . You’re site is great. Remember Kingston Key and the great white pelicans?

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    1. Traci Post author

      Congratulations on going full-time! Your plan sounds perfect. We would love to stay in touch. We will be heading to the northern part of Florida at the end of Feb. Maybe we could meet up. Safe travels!

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  2. Linda and Steve

    Hi Traci and Mike, We love, love reading your posts. You both look so happy, healthy and relaxed. Key Lago looks beautiful! We are heading south to Indio, CA at the end of January to spend two months in the sun. We have rented a house there at Terra Lago and just want to see what it is like to snowbird. Love you both, Lin

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    1. Traci Post author

      That is awesome that you will spend 2 mo’s in the desert! We rented a house at Terra Lago one New Years with friends. Loved it. You MUST go to Ciro’s Italian in Indio – GREAT pizza! Look forward to seeing you and catching up when we are home this Summer. Love, M & T

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  3. Chris & Kris

    Hi Guy’s, Kris & I are making plans for early March, Daytona for sure for the motorcycle races and trying to squeak a week back at Everglade City…..Largo looks great, I now have it on our list….hope we can meld schedules before you exit Fl back to the Pacific NW
    ciao
    chris & kris

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    1. Mike

      Hi Chris and Kris, We too hope to meet up before our return the NW. Let us know what your exact dates are when you make you plans for Daytona, and Everglades Isle, and we can see what we can do to meet you at one or both locations. M&T

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