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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Welcome to Paradise!

Saddle Bunch Keys, Florida

There is really nothing quite like the Keys!  Particularly when you stay at a waterfront site in Bluewater Key RV Resort. 

We left the Miami/Homestead area at about 10:00 this morning.  However, I am never surprised at what we find on the trip down US-1 to Key West.

Traffic is always bad, particularly on the weekends.  The first part of the route takes you from the end of the Florida's Turnpike down to Key Largo over the new high rise bridge.  The road is still mostly 2 lanes wide with a couple of spots for passing where it widens with an additional passing lane.  It has a concrete barrier wall in the middle.   There is always some fool that thinks that by getting by another car or two and selfishly putting others at jeopardy, he can get there a few seconds quicker.  I just dont understand that mentality at all.

As soon as you cross the bridge over to Largo you begin to see that turquoise aquamarine water color.  You know then you are really in the Keys.

This time the drive wasn't really so bad.  There was a motorcycle rally poker run happening.  There must have been 10,000 motorcycles headed to Key West, the last stop for their run.  But all in all we made pretty good time.

The farther south you go, the slower the pace seems to be, and the more laid back the attitude.  Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes?  Through Islamorada and on to Marathon.  Then you cross the Seven Mile Bridge and you feel like you have arrived.
Seven Mile Bridge southbound.

  There is no place like the Lower Keys.  Bahia Honda, Big Pine, the Torches, Sugarloaf, Cudjoe (home to Fat Albert), and the others, too many to name.

Watching the mile markers count down, mm 24 passes the Sugarloaf KOA, the Sugarloaf Lodge and the interesting Perky Bat Tower, mm 20: Mangrove Mama's Cafe,  and finally mm 15 and Bluewater Key RV Resort.

At Bluewater Key there are waterfront sites, each with their own Tiki Hut and boat dock.  The resort is actually on Lower Sugarloaf Sound on a series of Keys called the Saddle Bunch Keys.  Here is the view right out the front window of our RV.

Bluewater Key RV Resort
The weather is supposed to be isolated showers and a thunderstorm or two, but it seems like it rains hard for a few minutes, then the sun is back out.   The cats enjoy the view too!

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