Asses In The Sand & Upcoming Webinar – Florida Keys, FL
So we finally made it to the Florida Keys!! After planning for and dreaming about it for what seems like an eternity, this is the first time in my life I’ve ever been here. And this despite the many times I’ve traveled to Florida over the past 20 or so years.
What took so long?
Well partly it’s that all of Paul’s family is in Miami proper so when we’re in this area we generally end up hanging there and doing the “family rounds” rather than taking off elsewhere (when we’re here, we’re mostly here for them, after all). But it’s also because it’s near-frikkin-impossible to get an RV reservation down here. Or, to be more specific it’s near-frikkin-impossible to get any kind of reasonably-priced RV reservation down here.
There are actually lots of RV park options along 113-mile (181.9 km) Hwy 1 that spans the coral cay archipelago known as the Florida Keys…..around 20 in fact. But, unless you’re Military or DoD civilians (in which case you can stay at the AMAZING Key West Naval Air Station for only $13-$25/night!!!) you are looking at paying anywhere from $36-$38.50/night (at State Parks) to between $65-$230 (!!)/night (at Private Parks) for the pleasure of parking your “beastly” backside on the islands. Oh, and there’s literally ZERO free overnight camping here. These are no small $$$$.
On-top of that you’ve got to mix in a bit of magic to get in here too.
The 4 State Parks (John Pennekamp, Long Key, Curry Hammock, and Bahai Honda) that allow camping in the Keys only have ~150 sites TOTAL, and given what a $$ deal they are (compared to anything else down here) they are VERY popular indeed. Reservations to book open up 11 months ahead of time and they sell out exactly 10 seconds after open every single day. Starting last January (2016) we tried for months to get a site for this winter, waking up before 5AM PST (= 8AM EST) every day to check availability, but we literally never found a single open site. Insanity! After a few months we simply gave up, and if it hadn’t been for a blog reader generously offering us his reservations just last month (we did a cancellation/rebook on the reserveamerica system) there’s literally no way we would be here today. We are well aware of how lucky we are.
Thanks to this total serendipitous deal we are spending the next 5 weeks along this line of islands, starting with a week at John Pennekamp followed by some in-between days at a Private Park and ending up with 2 glorious weeks at Bahai Honda. By the time we leave the Keys it’ll April and we’ll be well into Spring. Hard to believe.
During this time we’ll be sure to check out some of the best spots to explore both on land and in the water, including (of course) the best places to take doggie. Plus we’ll endeavor to put our asses in the sand (well, it’s really more like silt down here) as often as possible, preferably daily. And then we’ll be releasing all these gems to our fabulous readers on the blog. ‘Tis a fine goal, don’t you think?
While all this is going on, I want to announce another little exciting upcoming event and that’s the Webinar I’m doing with Escapees/Xscapers this coming Monday 3/13 at 5PM CST. If you haven’t already heard of the SKP Webinars, I definitely recommend a look-see. They are a FREE collection of interesting topics for RVers to learn & share about their lifestyle. The series started just over a month ago and covers a new subject every week. My particular webinar will be focused on workamping and I’ll be delving into the various volunteer jobs we’ve done at state parks over the past 5 years. It’ll be a short 15-min video presentation followed by a LIVE open Q&A where I can (hopefully) answer all your questions. If you’re at all interested in this topic definitely sign-up to attend. Should be fun & hope to see you there!
WHEN: MONDAY 3/13, 5PM CST
That about wraps up today’s blog. Once we’ve sufficiently soaked our butts in the Keys we’ll report back. In the meantime you’ll know what we’re up to 🙂SPONSORED LINK:
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