|I barely knew what to do with myself on the 400 mile drive from Tampa to Key West. This was the first time that Abby was not with us since we started our trip in June. Don't worry...I quickly got into the groove, reading books, napping, sharing the driving with Ryan (just kidding!) etc. We were staying at a highly sought after campground called Boyd's. It is promoted as the southernmost campground in the United States.
We passed Miami around 11am and began driving the 120 mile Overseas Highway to Key West. I've never driven through the Keys before and let me tell you - barreling through some of those bridges in a 40ft RV with nothing but endless ocean insight can be a little nerve wrecking! I can only imagine the chaos that must ensue when they evacuate the Keys.
We arrived at Boyd's just after 4pm and quickly set up camp. Our site was located right on the water and we had a beautiful view of the boats moored in turquoise water of the bay. We went into town on our first night and drove to Duvall Street, which is known as the place to be in town. Duvall Street looked a lot like the Flats in Cleveland (at least how the Flats were during my college years).
Tons of people filled the sidewalks and most of them were holding a bottle of some sort of alcoholic beverage. We stopped at the Hogsbreath Pub (their motto is "It's better to have Hogsbreath than no breath at all") and settled in for some serious people watching. We were both very happy that Abby was safe and sound in peaceful Tampa, as this did not seem like an ideal place for kids!
We spent the week at the beach, biking around the island, playing tennis and hanging out in town. I did realize that I am much more diligent with the camera when Abby is around! Unfortunately we only took about three shots the whole week!
Meanwhile, Abby and Guinness relaxed and took full advantages of the fantastic services offered at the Kogut Resort in the exclusive neighborhood of Bayside, Tampa. Guinness enjoyed morning swims in Papa's 84 degree salt water pool and Abby spent days playing with Nana and Papa, watching movies and reading books. I believe the concierge service even went the extra mile and found bigger, better playgrounds at the Princess' request.
As you will notice from the photos below, Abby's presence brought out the "Papa"razzi (ok - bad joke!). Now that we are all tanned and rested, we are going to spend Thanksgiving Day with my family. After that stop, we are off to Columbia, South Carolina to meet the newest addition to the O'Neill family...Baby Beckham!