What we’ve been doin, while we’re doin.

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.

Happy Birthday Lisa & many more !

A good time was had by all.

And then it was time to cut the turkey
Skip a fellow volunteer got elected to cut the turkey.
Pilgrim hat cookies I made, felt I had to because I’m a Pilgrim,
an eleventh generation Pilgrim. My tenth great grander father
came over on The Mayflower.

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.

Happy Birthday Jim!
Pictures taken throughout the park

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.

3 thoughts on “What we’ve been doin, while we’re doin.

  1. Bill McHenry

    Glad to see you two are having a good time. Those underwater pictures are amazing. That camera you are using does an amazing job

  2. What a wonderful under the sea experience. What beautiful fish. Glad to see you are enjoying the area and all it has to offer. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

  3. Sandy

    You two have been having lots of fun. The boat trip looks wonderful and those undersea photos I almost wondered at first look if they were from the aquarium. Beautiful sights under the water. But, Melissa I give you 10 stars for bravery for eating a conch. No way would I have tried it. Enjoy the Christmas holidays!

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