January 21-27, 2015
We are staying in the sun. Our journey through Florida has comprised most of our trip at this point and we’ll be here for at least another week as we head up the Gulf Coast toward our next big destination – Louisiana. We spent week 10 in Key West and on the final day of the week we left the keys and drove through the Everglades Park and landed in Naples.
We stayed at Leo`s Campground which was a great spot to meet other travelers. We got some great advice on what to see next. Morley is a gentleman from Vancouver Island who told us about lots of great campgrounds to visit as we head west. He took the picture of the moon below. We also had a great site right on the water of this beautiful inlet. There were huge iguanas in the trees which occasionally came over near our picnic table.
Jackson went fishing
Erin keeps singing
We loved jet skiing so much last week that this week we booked a 3 hour tour around Key West. We saw all of the beaches, sand bars and luxury homes from the water. We zipped around, switching drivers, laughing and getting wet.
We hit up Duval Street again several times, taking in live music, dancing and partaking in cheap beer.
The best two nights on Duval Street were the nights we toured in power chairs that we rented (from Island Mobility Rentals).
That’s right – it’s America and if you can dream it, for a small fee you can make it happen. And this was certainly Jackson’s dream. On our final night in town we brought a big box of Ferrero Roche chocolates and handed them out to people we met on the bar strip from the comfort of our power chairs (like Richie from Austin, TX seen below).
We also kept the power chairs long enough to do our weekly chores
Hurricane Hole was a local watering hole about a 5 minute walk from our campsite (or a 3 minute power chair ride) and we went there to watch the boats come in, eat and drink several times. We even had PEI mussels…hmmm.
When we finally decided to leave the keys, we knew we would have the pleasure of driving through the Everglades Park. There were tons of birds everywhere. We took an airboat ride which Erin had on her wish list and we saw lots of gators (the baby ones were the coolest).
After the airboat ride, there was a wildlife show where Erin had the pleasure of kissing a toad….and sure enough, her prince charming appeared…..a slightly tanned Jackson.
1 US state this week (FL), 16 in total during the trip
516 kms this week (321 mi), 8225 total on the trip (5111 mi)
Spent $1017.02 this week, $8404.55 total