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Jul 18, 2016 - Oops #2 and Another Beautiful Day in the Keys

Oops #2: Our journey was to Islamarado, not Islamabad. Don't ask -- I have no idea. We got up about 7:00 and were on our way to Islamarado by 8:00. We ate breakfast at another "old Florida" restaurant, Mrs. Mac's Kitchen. The clientele was a mix between tourists and locals. Food was excellent! We headed south on the Overseas Hwy. First stop was The Rain Barrel Artisan Village -- a mixture of arts and crafts and yard art and junque. Next stop was the Lobster Trap Art Gallery -- some very interesting art. I (Judy) will be lucky if the car...

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May 8, 2016 - Happy Mothers Day!

It's Mothers Day and our last day in the Keys so we decided to set out for Islamorada and see a couple of highly recommended attractions. Islamorada is referred to as a "village of islands" and actually encompasses 5 different keys. First, we went to Robbie's Marina where we heard large tarpon hang around waiting to be fed. We arrived and found a parking place - a major feat with trucks the size of ours. We found the tarpon, and the massive crowd feeding them - correction, feeding the pelicans that were crowding the docks clamoring for the...

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Mar 31, 2016 - What a couple of days! Some good, some not so good, and some unexpected pleasure.

Well, we have had a couple of interesting days…some of that was good, some not so good. We left Marco Island yesterday morning with predictions of winds from the NE at 10-15 mph and 2 foot seas. Almost immediately the winds built and so did the seas. When we left, the wind wasn’t enough to sail so we motored. We probably should have put the sails out at some point, but didn’t for a variety of reasons. So we had a long, uncomfortable motor to the Little Shark River. Crab pots abound on the west coast of Florida, so we had to be constantly...

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Jan 13, 2016 - We sailed!!! Moving in a Southerly direction.

We spent three nights near Rodriguez Key: one night north of the island and two nights south of the island. Our sojourn was purely to try to have good protection from the NW and then N strong winds that were predicted for that time. The daytimes had mostly light winds. However, we seem to be in a weather pattern where the wind builds and blows over night. It particularly seems to like the 0200 time. Even in No Name Harbor, the storm came through at 0200. And at Rodriguez Key the wind woke us at 0200 each night. But the anchor held and water...

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Mar 9, 2015 - Fiesta Key, FL

We made it! 5 + hours on the road from Lake Placid, FL. Saw LOTS of Florida canals en route and checked in with Google to learn more about the southwest Florida water management system. An interesting read, if you're so inclined! Campground is a change from our previous locale ....the RV's are really packed in here, but everyone is helpful, and- mostly interested in fishing and other water sports. One fellow lent us a TV cable - over the air there were only 3 channels - all in Spanish! It was 86 degrees when we arrived but, but with the...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Robbies - Feed the Tarpon

Robbie and his wife Mona started feeding Scarface (a Tarpon) 18 years ago. Scarface appeared floundering in the shallow waters near the dock; Robbie saw the struggling tarpon and, thinking it had swum too shallow and gotten stuck on the bank, went out into the water to free it. He lifted the fish and saw that the right side of its jaw was torn open. Hoping to revive the tarpon, Robbie placed it in the oxygen-rich shrimp tank and called old Doc Roach. The doctor showed up with his wife’s mattress needles and some twine, and Scarface became...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Islamorada Fish Company (now closed)

We went to the Islamorada Fish Company to get some fresh gulf shrimp, we were disappointed, they closed last month, the owner is converting the store into a wedding venue, he still sells fish to wholesale customers. We did get some very large Guld Shrimpfrom Mr. Lobster, very large one for Reggi's blackened Shrimp linguini.

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Feb 27, 2015 - Islamorada - Roadside Attractions - Islander Resort

We went to the Islander Resort to see the Roadside Attractions exhibit and found that there were two other exhibits there as well- The Rails & the Road and The Legends of the line (fishing). Legends of the Line Legends of the Line is the first of the permanent exhibits that will be displayed at the Discovery Center. The exhibit consists of two mounted fish (bonefish and permit) several historic photographs mounted to the wall, as well as two fishing poles used by President Bush, Sr. and his grandson while fishing with one of the legends...

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Feb 22, 2015 - Islamorada Historical Trail - Oceanside

Islamorada has lots of history and a lot of it is marked with monuments or a building at a specific mile marker (MM)(distance from MM 0 in Key West). These sights are on both sides of Hwy 1 (ocean side and bay side). We visited the ones on the ocean side, will do the bay side when we return. We say at MM 78.8 - Indian Key - Indian Key was the Dade County seat in 1836 and was destroyed by Indians on Aug 7, 1840. It was a regular village with over 40 houses, paved streets, a warehouse, a post office and court house. MM 78.5 - A memorial to...

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Feb 22, 2015 - Green Turtle Restaurant

We had lunch at the Green Turtle, a restaurant that survived, thought not in the present condition, the 1935 hurricane. It has been owned by three different families. There are many pictures on the wall including the owners (the men a fishing and the wife has her hand on their butts) and a funny one showing several temperas women (need to find it and read the captions) We had their classic Turtle Stew, make from farm raised snapping turtles, outstanding.

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Feb 22, 2015 - Theater of the Sea - Rescued Cats

We stopped at the Theater of the Sea attraction, we were to late to see any of their shows; however, we did get to see all (over 50) rescued cats they have on property. They are extremely well cared for. This site is also one of the Flagler's coral quarries for the stones he used in building his overseas railroad.

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Feb 22, 2015 - Cheeca Lodge

We visited Cheeca Lodge again to see the Pioneer cemetery, As we stepped into the cemetery and start walking among the graves you will see three groups of names appearing quite frequently: The Parkers, Pinders and Russells. These are the names of the first families to visit and settle on the Island of Islamorada, and are known as the founding fathers and mothers of this lovely Florida Keys island. True pioneers, who traveled through unowned, unknown and undiscovered areas of America in true Pioneer style. In the late 1980’s the historical...

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