Sunday, February 19, 2012

Marathon, Florida - 02/19/12

We departed Boyd’s Campground in Key West, Florida, today at 11:07 a.m. We both let out a howl of celebration! In our 20 years of camping throughout North America, we both agreed, this was the most congested and nosiest private campground we have ever stayed at. There is no privacy at all between campsites. In some sections of the campground, they actually put two RV’s into what would normally be a single campsite at other private campgrounds. The noise level from some of the other campers late into the evening was also very annoying. From what we observed at other private campgrounds throughout the Florida Keys, RV’ers can expect high density camping as the norm. Do not expect to have any privacy between campsites and be prepared to pay a premium price for the privilege of camping within three feet of your neighbor! In all fairness though, we realized up front that camping in the Keys would be cramped and expensive. Our primary goal was to visit and explore Key West. We accomplished that goal and were very pleased with that aspect of our trip.

At 1:00 p.m. we stopped for lunch at the Island Fish Company. This restaurant is located at Mile Marker 54 on US-1 in Marathon, Florida. This is a very scenic restaurant that is located right on the Gulf of Mexico. There was a 30-minute wait, but we were fortunate and were seated at a waterfront table within five minutes. I was determined not to leave the Keys without having Conch Chowder. I had a bowl of their Conch Chowder and a fried grouper sandwich. Sharon passed on the chowder; she has a thing about eating anything that resembles a snail. She had a blackened grouper sandwich. The grouper sandwiches were absolutely delicious. With our hunger pains thoroughly satisfied, we continued on our journey.

The temperature in southern Florida had been getting a little too warm and humid for our comfort zone, so we decided we would visit the Ocala National Forest in central Florida in search of cooler temperatures.

We stopped at a Rest Area at Mile Marker 133 on I-95 at 6:55 p.m. to spend the night. Florida Rest Areas have security guards on duty during the evening through the morning hours. These rest areas provide a safe environment for the traveling public to grab a few hours of rest.

Total miles traveled today: 287

Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!

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