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May 7, 2016 - Snorkeling and Shopping

On Saturday we split up again. Dave and Linda went flea marketing and shopping and Bill and I went snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The park is actually 3 miles offshore and is a group of protected reefs. We took a boat called the Encounter to Banana Reef. We knew it was going to be good when we saw dolphin and sea turtles on the way out. The reef is spectacular! The corals are healthy and colorful and very dense, with a huge abundance of plants and sea life. We saw enormous brain coral, as big as a volkswagon. We saw...

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Feb 22, 2014 - John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

We've moved on from the Keys, and are currently in Old Town, FL. The whirlwind tour of the state is over, as is the heavy spending that went along with it. Our previous stint at Amazon gave us some extra cash, so we didn't worry as much about our budget in February, and boy did it show! Thankfully, we'll be at Amazon again this year, and we'll make up the difference, and then some. As you'll see in the photos, daily and weekly stays can be quite costly... especially in a state like Florida that thrives on money from RV travel in the winter...

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Jan 20, 2012 - Enjoying life on Key Largo

The weather is beautiful on the Keys. Blue sky, temps in the high 70's to low 80's. We arrived at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on Wednesday. The first order of business however was to go to a dermatolagist on Thursday morning. Guess what? Judy has shingles. Yes, I had chicken pox as an infant (as just about everyone else did who is my age). However I had the shingles vaccine about 4 years ago and I am so thankful that I did. Since I had the vaccine, this occurrence of shingles is no big deal. No pain, a very small rash, and it is...

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Jan 25, 2010 - Like Bogie And Bacall

We camped at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, Florida. John Pennekamp is the first “underwater” state park (at least part of it) and the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States. Our site was above the water - in the campground. But, we were able to launch our inflatable boat and tour the Florida mangroves. The mangroves are a type of plant that grows on or near salt water. The plant roots are suspended in the salt water. It felt a lot like the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. We kept looking for the elephants to...

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Nov 5, 2008 - Snorkeling at the Coral Reef

Saving the Sea Turtles By Emma One thing we did today was go to the Turtle Hospital. We saw quite a few different species such as Hawksbills, Greens, and one Kemp’s Ridley. The Hawksbill is endangered because they used to make combs and jewelry with their shells. People still do that in foreign countries. We saw a baby Green hatchling that could only swim in circles. We also saw one named Joey who did the same except in the opposite direction. Some of the turtles were just visiting the hospital to get better, but others were permanent...

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