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The Florida Keys

Happy New Year! I guess we’re all glad that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, right? Well before I move on to the new year I need to catch up on one last blog post about our time in the Keys.

The first time we visited the Florida Keys 2 years ago we loved it so much, we decided it was time to go back. Especially because we had a milestone birthday to celebrate. Jake turned 16 in September and we had a blast celebrating his birthday with Sebago Watersports on an All-Day Watersports Adventure.

On the Sebago Catamaran heading out to snorkel.
I could not believe just how blue that water was!

We were blessed with a perfectly beautiful day for this adventure which included snorkeling, jet skiing, banana boat rides and our favorite — parasailing.

Jake and I parasailing.
Jesse and Chris parasailing. The crew members were lots of fun!
Getting ready to snorkel.
Chris and Jesse on the jet ski.
Jake driving me on the jet ski. This was the first day he was old enough to drive it! He was pretty excited about that.

We all agreed that Jake’s 16th birthday celebration was one of the best days ever!

We stayed at 2 different state parks while in the Keys. The first one was Bahia Honda which was probably one of my favorite state parks we’ve ever stayed at. It might have something to do with the fact that our RV backed up to the water where we could swim and snorkel and watch amazing sunsets right outside our back door.

The boys floating behind our campsite on tubes we bought for sledding last winter in Colorado. Unfortunately one windy night they blew away and we imagine they are now somewhere in Cuba. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Check out that backyard! I also took up gardening this year with my traveling Tower Garden.

My high school friend Shannan lives in Key West, and we got to spend some time with her and her husband David a few times while we were in the Keys. We had so much fun with them!

You know when you haven’t seen someone in like 30 years, and you just don’t know what it’s going to be like? I mean, will it be awkward, will we have anything to talk about? Does anyone else worry about stuff like that? No, just me?

Well, I needn’t have worried! It was like no time had passed, and Chris and I really enjoyed hanging out with them so much that we plan to go back and see them again later this year.

Sunset Grill with David and Shannan.
Sunset at the aptly named Sunset Grill.

After 2 blissful weeks at Bahia Honda we moved to Curry Hammock State Park. State parks in the Keys are so hard to get into! Even trying to reserve 11 months in advance when the spots become available to reserve is so difficult because many others are online at the same time trying to get the same spot. There have been many mornings when Chris & I have been on 2 devices just before 8am to try to reserve a spot, only to be disappointed because someone else was a quicker clicker than we were. Persistence pays off though because that’s how we eventually got the Bahia Honda site. People do frequently cancel however, so that’s how we later got a spot at Curry Hammock.

We couldn’t walk out the door and into the water from this site, but at least we had a water view!
We were also graced with the presence of a couple of iguanas at our campsite. Can you see them?

A Fulltime Family that we met our first year on the road (the Reyes family) met up with us at Curry Hammock. Michele took this beautiful picture of our RV with a rainbow in the background. Michele and I had lots of fun snorkeling together.

Heading to the beach with Asher and Journey.
The boys playing ball at Curry Hammock.
The Reyes fishing.

I’ll leave you with this cute picture of Chris and Fat Cat that I took one night sitting outside on our back deck. She always looks so grumpy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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On the Road Again

We have big news! We have a new RV and we are so excited to be back on the road. First I will assure you that our new RV is definitely NOT a Heartland. After our Heartless Heartland disaster we did lots of research and listened to lots of feedback. We decided to go with Grand Design, a company that I know is not perfect because nobody is, but from what I hear they are a company that stands behind their product. So far we are very happy with our choice.

So please allow me to introduce you to our new home on wheels… umm, I don’t really have a name to call this RV. You know what? We never named our old Heartland either (at this point I think we would call the old one “the big rolling turd” — a joke from the Robin Williams’ movie ‘RV’). ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think the new one needs a name; I’m open to suggestions, so please feel free to send any name ideas along. I will do another post later with a tour of our new home.

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Grand Design Momentum

After moving into our new home we headed back to our home state of Florida. We still had annual passes to Disney so we went back to our favorite campground Ft. Wilderness before the passes expired.

Then we went to a new-to-us location, the Florida Keys. Even though we lived in Florida for many years we had never been to the Keys. It was so amazing and beautiful and such a wonderful place to reconnect as a family and de-stress after all of the stress we went through with the stupid Heartland experience.

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Key West

It’s very difficult to get a campground reservation at any of the state parks in the Keys, which is why we hadn’t made it there until now. I was blessed to come across a cancellation for a week long stay at Curry Hammock State Park. Our campsite backed up to the water and it was a beautiful place to spend the week.

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Boys playing ball in the water behind our campsite

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Next we moved to Fiesta Key which is included in our Thousand Trails (Trails Collection) membership. We loved it there! The pool was fun, the onsite restaurant had delicious seafood, and the sunsets were glorious.

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Fiesta Key

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Walking to dinner at the campground.

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Cute Tiki huts for dinner.

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But those sunsets!

We thought it was so cool to see so many iguanas roaming around the campground!

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One day we even got to see 2 manatees swimming in the marina.

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One evening we went to the Sunset Grille for dinner. They have a pool at the restaurant which our kids enjoyed while waiting for our dinner.

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Sunset Grille

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Sunset over the Seven Mile Bridge from the Sunset Grille

We drove down to Key West to do some sightseeing one day.

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Seven Mile Bridge

Jake and I went snorkeling at Sombrero Reef with Spirit Snorkeling. That was lots of fun!

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We loved visiting the Keys and hope to return again someday.

But more than that we are so happy to be back on the road. After our Heartland fell apart we talked about whether we should settle down and buy another house. All 4 of us agreed that we are not ready to stop traveling. We love this lifestyle so much and we were not about to let a bad RV experience stop us from living our dream.

I will have another post to share about Heartland. Unfortunately they have been horrible and absolutely refuse to help us in any way. Since many people reading this might buy RVs I feel I have an obligation to share our experience to hopefully educate others on the dangers of buying from Heartland. In my next post I will share with you the results of Heartland and Lippert’s latest inspection report. It has actually given us a reason to find humor in this otherwise awful situation. The inspection report is so ridiculous that it’s actually funny. It’s hard to believe it was written by “experts”. I’ll share it with you soon and give you a good laugh.

Until then, we’ll be enjoying time with family for the holidays. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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