Greetings from Key Largo!

Dave and I are used to being in the keys and with the weather being great, we are thinking of it has the norm. We have to stop and think about how lucky we are to actually be living here.   Our schedule for now is working on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off. Dagny Dave is very happy to be the “greeter” at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. He likes talking to everyone and telling them all about the history of Dagny, which I’m sure he’ll have a section about soon.   I am, I guess a floater, I work at the office, gate and visitor center/aquarium, at least it doesn’t get boring.

Here are some of the sights and activities we’ve been doing on our stay

Saturday the 16th the camp as has a Ranger Campfire Program last lasts thru the winter. Last Saturday evening Ranger Rebecca got together with some Girl Scouts taught everyone there how to build a 5 different campfires, Teepee, Log Cabin, Platform, Star and Lean-To. Thanks to Doug, Dave & I can build a Log Cabin fire in no time.

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The Girl Scouts along with some local veterans had a Flag Burning Ceremony to retire old beat up American Flags.gpin

I thought it was  very well done and felt a bit moved about what they read during the Ceremony.   The speech started “I am your Flag. I appear in many places. I have taken many forms and been called many names. I was authorized by congress in 1818 in the form you see now and have remained unchanged except to add a new star each July 4th after a new state joined the union until I reached my present number of 50.” ”I am more than just red, white and blue cloth shaped into a design. I am a silent sentinel of freedom etc. … …When saying this speech the Girl Scouts cut the blue square with the stars, ripe the white stripes, then red stripes off the flag, they only cut the strips if they can’t rip them. They put the stripes in the fire first and the blue part with the stars goes on top.

 

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The very last part of the speech goes like this.   “Now I am just a memory, but if there is a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat; if you felt a shiver in your spine as you watched me burn, then I will be back the next time you need me and my colors will be fresh and bright and my edges won’t be ragged anymore. When I climb to the top of the flagpole, I’ll wave at you and remember the love and respect that you have showed me here tonight.” flag

The Girl Scouts have to watch the fire until it is completely out. They stayed overnight in the park to do this.   I’m sure I’m a bit biased about how great the Girl Scouts did in the ceremony as I am an ex Girl Scout of Troop #294.

 

On Sunday mornings we seem to get up later, make a big breakfast and get ready to do small errands and relax for the day.

But on Monday the 18th I thought I would give Dave time away from me as our neighbor Lisa asked me to go to Key West with her for part of the day, I liked that idea! It took us a little over 2 hours to get there from Key Largo which is normal. The weather was perfect and I got to see a small portion of Key West before Dave & I go there December 2nd to the 4th. Lisa drove around a bit and we ended up on

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Duval Street about 11:30. We both had to find a bathroom quick so we ended up at The Old Town Mexican Café.   We each had a margarita to celebrate being in Key West .

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We walked mainly on Duval Street, where the shops are, Lisa wanted to get some T-shirts and such. All kinds of things going on and it’s only Monday!

Duval Street runs north and south from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, just over 1.25 miles in length. It is named for William Pope Duval, the first territorial governor of Florida.

For lunch we went to the Key Largo Hard Rock Café on Duval Street. I have been to The Hard Rock Café in Los Angeles and in Honolulu, from what I can remember, I liked this one the best.

 

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Duval Street is great for sightseeing, attractions, cuisine inspired with local flavor, cold drinks and shopping! There was lots of activity going on too, live music, people on bicycles, street performers and chickens all about .

 

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Key West chickens

 

We Love Our Chickens & Roosters, The beautiful Key West chickens are represented as the business logo for At Home in Key West. Nothing says “at home in the keys” like one of our chickens! Even our Maintenance trucks are called the Rooster Fleet. If you are in town and hear a truck horn that sounds like a rooster…it’s our Rooster Fleet! They have a Funk Chicken Gift Store on Duval Street

Dave & I have been out riding our bikes and walking now that the weather isn’t hot and humid any longer. One of the places we walk is Dagny Johnson Park.   We also walk and ride our bikes all around the campground and have visited stores in the area.

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O.K. I’m confused, where are we?  This resort is what you see when you 1st get to Key Largo.  I think their confused.

 

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Cannon Beach at John Pennekamp

 

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Far Beach at John Pennekamp

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Left corner of Far Beach at John Pennekamp

 

A Great place for homemade ice-cream!  It’s so good ! !

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Dagny Johnson Park

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Lots of great sunsets

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It’s always interesting to see what people travel in.  This truck camper is one of them.

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All handmade and ready to travel across the U.S.A.

 

 

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