Our friend Lisa, a volunteer that we met “volunteering here 3 years ago at Pennekamp, was here when we first arrived at Pennekamp and the 3 of us went to the Key Largo Conch House for dinner on her birthday. I never ate a conch before, but I wanted to try it. Pronounced “konk”, it is the meat from an oversized sea snail. It is native to the coasts of the Bahamas, Florida Keys, the Caribbean and Bermuda. It’s eaten raw or cooked.
Lisa & I both got The Conch House Sampler. It had samples of their popular appetizers conch fritters, lobster & conch ceviche fried conch, coconut shrimp and mango crab cake. It was yummy
We both decided to get their award winning strawberry & spinach salad with fresh berries, pecans, cucumbers, goat cheese and real maple syrup dressing. I can see why it won awards, it was yummy too!
I don’t remember what Dave got, but I know it was some kind of fish and he said it was also very good.
A good time was had by all.
All the volunteers that are in staying in the campground got together with some of the park rangers for a delicious Thanksgiving with all the trimmings and even more! It was a beautiful day to give thanks with friends.
We went to the Francis Tracy Garden Club for their annual Christmas Market. It was a nice event with many Christmas decorations and such. It got ya in the spirit for a bit and it reminded me of my mother because she was a member of garden club where she lived for many years.
Occasionally the volunteers and rangers will meet up and head to the Marriott to watch the sun set and relax a bit, the pics are of that and a birthday party for our fellow volunteer Jim.
Dave & I have been snorkeling in the waters of the park and recently we took one of the snorkel trips from the park. Our boat was named the Sea Garden and we went out to Grecian Rocks Reef, lots fish and coral and lots of fun! It a whole new world under there.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park has 70 nautical square miles of sparkling turquoise waters and the shallow-water living coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary – the only living coral barrier reef in North America and the third-largest living coral reef in the world. These protected and vibrant reefs are home to an abundance of sea life: more than 6,000 species. What a great place to snorkel, right! 👍
The Key Largo library, where we rent our DVDs has concerts on some Friday nights. Last Friday December 3, we went to see Alligator Alley.
They are a Bluegrass band that we really liked. Don’t get to hear to much bluegrass these days.