When we left Bedner Farm Fresh in Boynton Beach and headed south we had no idea what to expect except that we had about 160 miles to drive for our next and longest stop, Key West. Rebecca got behind the wheel for the first leg of our drive, as she usually does and she went over to I-95 for a fast trip southward. Good thing we hit Miami area during the week and during easy drive-time cause it was busy enough! But, when Dave, the navigator, missed a crucial turnoff, things were about to get worse! The next best transition was only about 5 miles away taking us right by the Miami airport and heavy construction AND heavy traffic. YIKES ! She drove it all like the trooper she is, but as she puts it, "Dave owes her BIG-TIME" in the way of dinners out, shows, touring, etc, etc. . . .
When we got to Florida City we switched drivers, Rebecca said, "leaving Dave with the easy part of the drive." The going on Highway 1 down the Keys is much easier than we'd expected. Well, till we got to a marathon relay race going on then our fast trip was extended by about 2 1/2 hours in the stop and go traffic for the runners. But, the views of the ocean on one side and the gulf on the other side was fasinating. I guess, turn-abouts-fairplay, a good statement for when we got to Key West, the main road into town has construction and Dave hit it just right, busy traffic, tight lanes and late enough the campground office was closed! See, I told ya!
All kidding aside, we found a great space with the help of the nice camp host. He also informed us as to the expectations for rotation into and out of FHU's (full hook-up sites). This is a Navy base with a FAMCAMP that's very popular this time of the year. It has 89 FHU sites and spaces enough for more than 700 boondockers, but right now at this writing there are about 190 of us boondockers. In this place, cause it's sooooo busy, we can expect 3 weeks boondocking and 2 weeks in a FHU site. For those of our new readers, boondocking is when the coach is parked on a site with no connections what so ever to electricity, water or sewer. When you are going to be parked like this, you'll want to scoot over to the sewer and drain ALL the gray and black water tanks, then fill up the fresh water tank (85 gals) to give you a head start. As time goes by, the fresh water needs to be replenished and the gray and black sewer tanks need to be emptied. It's a simple maintainence task, that happens every 5 days for us and takes two hours to accomplish. Electricity is supplied by a pair of batteries and when heavier power is needed, such as coffee pot, we crankup our 2 little Honda generators.
For our touring and sight seeing here we selected a pass book offer, getting into all the major attractions we want to see. In the coming days, you'll find articles about our touring, Ernest Hemmingways house, Mel Fisher treasure museum, President Trumans "Little White House", Mallory Square, Southern most point of the U.S. and more.
Did you know Key West is closer to Cuba than to the mainland of U.S.? Yep, 90 miles to Cuba, 120'ish to mainland!