Monday, December 14, 2020

Travel Day | Key West, FL to Everglades National Park, FL

ODOMETER: 80,735 | TODAY’S MILES: 186 | MILES TRAVELED: 2,790

 

by Grant

Jana and I caught the sunrise again this morning and it was equally awesome as yesterday. Each sunrise and sunset is different and magical each time. Wess and Ida are heading home so we picked them up and grabbed a lovely take out breakfast at the Croissants de la France bakery, just up the road from Boyd’s.

We enjoy a lovely brunch and take the guys to the airport. We have to get out of Boyd’s by 11am so Jana takes Ida and Wess to the airport and I ready the bus to head to the Everglades.

It’s nice to be on the road again after two weeks in Key West.

We liked Key West for many, many reasons. But we won’t miss certain aspects, like the roosters crowing all night or the constant civil and military air traffic.

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We also found it pretty touristy downtown and struggled to find opportunities to ride or run offroad. It’s hard to fit everything on a postage stamp and Key West has a lot to offer in its tiny confines.

The trip up the Keys is absolutely breathtaking and the engineering feat of stringing all these islands together is something to be experienced.

We reach the mainland after about three hours, gas up (or should I say diesel up) and head north to ‘41’. Then it’s a pretty straight shot west to Big Cypress National Preserve where we’re staying at the Lake Monument Campground.

We meet the campground hosts and set up in a pretty deserted area of the campground. There are very few campers and we’re happy to have some space around us for a change.

We get out and take some photos and Jack experiments with the drone to get acclimated to its controls. Jana gives it a whirl as well and we’re all pretty excited about getting some drone footage as we continue our trip.

It’s pasta night and even though we had big plans to get on top of the RV and watch the meteor shower, we decide the biting insects will likely carry us off if we do, so we take a few shots of the heavens while braving a brutal assault and then crawl into bed.

 

The trip up the Keys is absolutely breathtaking and the engineering feat of stringing all these islands together is something to be experienced.

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