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Dec 13, 2015 - Day 35 - in Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

This Sunday was showery and humid. We spent the day cleaning the bus, vacuuming, dusting, washing floors, Garry even cleaned bathrooms. Other than that had relaxing day trying not to sweat too much. We finally had to turn on the A/C so we could sleep. I don't think I will ever handle 95%+ humidity well.

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Dec 12, 2015 - Day 34 - at Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

This Saturday we spent on the beach. Garry snorkelled, although it was windy so the water was rough and stirred up, but pleasant on the beach. We had some excitement when 2 kayakers and their friend in an inflatable boat had trouble fighting the wind and waves to get back into shore. one of them, a woman got into our beach and said the friend in the inflatable was having trouble because he was losing air and getting blown by the wind. She took off to seek help from the rangers. Before she got back, her husband and friend had rigged a towing...

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Dec 11, 2015 - Day 33 - in Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

This Friday morning we headed into Big Pine Key to the Key Deer Refuge for a nature walk and talk with Kristi the Park Ranger about the Fresh Water Basin in the Lower Keys. In the afternoon, Garry went on a snorkel tour ($30) from the park for more than 3 hours. He was about 30 minutes from the park, about 4-5 miles from land. He did not see anything spectacular but others saw sharks. There is a nice reef but could not get too close to it. In the evening we went to a Star Party put on by the local Astronomy Club in the amphitheatre on the...

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Dec 10, 2015 - Day 32 - in Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

We added 3 more nights to our stay here. We are allowed two weeks maximum before we need to move, but with no sewer hook ups, we need to move every 5-6 days anyway. We will use their showers to help stretch our time here so we don't have to dump before we leave. We attended a nature talk, at the Nature Center, about Ospreys and Pelicans, by Jane. a park volunteer. She had an interesting and informative presentation. We drove over to the Bayside campsite and saw small almost black dolphins playing in the Bay. Our first sighting in the...

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Dec 9, 2015 - Day 31 - in Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

Today we went into Big Pine Key to the Winn-Dixie for groceries. There were light showers off and on. We walked the beach during one of the dry times. Played cards again, Garry again winning 2/3 Spite and Malice and 2/3 Crib (I lost by 5 points on one)

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Dec 8, 2015 - Day 30 - Homestead to the Keys, Florida

We are heading out to the Keys today, and filled the fuel tank on the bus first because we assumed the fuel on the Keys would be more expensive than the mainland. We were proved wrong, prices were same or less. As we drove through Key Largo we noticed a new campground, Key Largo RV Park, that we will try. It is open but better to get into than Riptide. We were able get a site at Bahia Honda State Park after waiting until 1:00 pm to ensure current tenant did not renew as they get first dibs. We booked for 3 nights. We walked the park to...

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May 14, 2014 - Bahia Honda State Park

May 14, 2014 Lazy morning with rain showers periodically (as was the case throughout the night.) Very breezy again which does not make the kayakers happy as they have not been able to go out onto the water all week. In fact, swimming is very limited because of bacteria in the water. We took the short nature Trail and Butterfly walk to the Old Bahia Honda Bridge that we view from camp. Great view of the Atlantic Ocean and island with its three beaches. It was originally a part of the Overseas RR and then Overseas Highway in 1938. After a...

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May 13, 2014 - Bahia Honda State Park

May 13, 2014 We sleep with the side and back doors open which creates a lovely breeze and at this camp we hear the water. Twice last night Bob had to get up to close the doors because of rain squalls that come up very quickly. There was a beautiful full moon over the water in the middle of the night of which I was able to snap a picture. 10 minutes later it was pouring rain! It kept raining off and on in the morning so we decided to go into Key West for the day which is about 37 miles SW through the “lower keys”. I went on line to Trip...

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May 12, 2014 - Homestead to Bahia Honda, FL

May 12, 2014 Today we are headed for the FL Keys, a slender 125 mile chain of 1,700 islands linked by more than 40 bridges. Of all the public and private camps in the Keys Bahia Honda State Park is the most highly rated because of its extensive sandy beaches and unusual plants and animals. Folks book months in advance When I called to reserve I was not surprised there was nothing available. We will head for Marathon, the midway point between Key Largo and Key West and the largest city in the Keys. The first city across the bridge from the...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park is yet another sweet spot of the Florida Keys. Not too much to say about this wonderful park; like most state parks, it offers a beautiful outdoor experience for less than the cost of a movie. The added benefit of postcard perfect beachfront scenery is a huge bonus. I’ve taken several photos of different campsites, as eye-candy for those who think a tent or RV+ beach access = Paradise! Be advised, although I’m sure there are a few spots for larger rigs somewhere(?), we didn’t see any place we’d feel comfortable...

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Feb 27, 2013 - Knocked around the Florida Keys for 2 weeks

Spent a total of two weeks in various places in the Florida Keys. Key Largo Kampground, John Pennecamp State Park, Bahia Honda State Park and Curry Hammock State Park. Scuba Diving and snorkling in Pennecamp. Snorkling at Looe Key just off Bahia Honda. The state parks($40/night) are much cheaper than the private campgrounds($100/night) and are quite nice! Generally haave to make reservations months ahead or get lucky checking the Reserveamerica website every morning for cancellations(we got lucky!) We are headed up to Lake Okeechobee today...

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Nov 26, 2012 - Day 134 - Bahia Honda Key State Park, Florida

We started the day with a walk out to the old railway bridge that is now used as a viewpoint for us tourists. The original railway bridge has not been used for many years as a railway; it was converted to a highway by building a concrete highway on top of the trestle railway bridge. It was the highway through the Keys for many years. The railway bridge/ highway was destroyed by a hurricane after the new highway was built. We then had lunch then rented a kayak to spend an hour on the water. I used Garry's method to sit back and enjoy the...

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