Well almost a month has gone by since we were in Williamsburg. What a great month it has been. We traveled south stopping twice in Yemassee, SC and Vero Beach, FL each for just a night. We arrived at Sunshine Key Resort on Ohio Key. We spent two nights there. The campground takes up the whole island. We met some great people and what a beautiful view. We headed 40 miles on down to Key West. We picked Aunt Krysta and Uncle Bill up from the airport and they camped for a night with us.
We left our camper in storage and took Cloe to the kennel and spent a fun week at our time share with them. We made airplanes and dressed paper dolls, played in the pool, went kayaking, rode our bikes downtown and to nearby islands, (during the week we rode more that 60 miles) took a boat ride to an island for lunch, went to the southern most point, visited the Eco Center, went to the Wrecker Museum and watched the Catman preform. One of our favorite adventures was a jet ski tour around the islands. Caroline rode with Aunt Krysta and Uncle Bill. We jet skied through a rain storm and stopped on a sand bar. After the tour the guide said the riders could try driving. Marcus wanted to try. With help from his dad he managed to tip the jet ski and we got to go for a swim. We were sad when it was time for Aunt Krysta and Uncle Bill leave.
We decided to spend some more time in the Florida Keys because so far it is the most beautiful place we have seen. We scheduled another week at Sunshine Key. Our campsite was right on the water. We learned so much about the animals and the ecosystem there. We saw many kinds of beautiful birds, several species of jelly fish, a rare eagle ray as well as a manta ray, conchs, hundreds of fish, lizards, iguanas, intricate coral, sponges, lobster, key deer, crabs, sea turtles, oysters, sea urchins, an octopus, raccoons, and found many shells. The vegetation and plants are very different from ones in other areas we have visited. We watched them harvest coconuts and have a couple to sample. We settled into a routine of studying, kayaking, swimming, fishing and enjoying the nature around us. The sunsets were amazing! We enjoyed spending time with others who love this life. We will always remember the friends we made. Marcus and Caroline will especially remember the fun they had with their new friends. We ended up adding another week to our stay.