Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Monday, October 5 – We are enjoying our down time here in Tavernier, Florida, (the Florida Keys). We've sat on the beach every morning and then go for a ride for some sightseeing in the afternoon. The temperatures are in the 90's with lows only dipping into the 80's at night. Fortunately, there is a nice breeze off the water to keep things fairly comfortable.

Some of the local produce right in our backyard.coconuts


We discovered we are in somewhat of a tropical zoo here at the Florida Keys Elks Lodge. Every afternoon the Iguanas come out to sun themselves. We've counted a half dozen on one afternoon. Thankfully, they take off if we approach them.




Besides the Iguana, we saw a rather large crab walking up the fence line near our RV. It was carrying, of all things, a claw from a friend or foe crab. It kept trying to climb the fence with that claw. It would keep falling off the fence but never did let go of that claw. We are easily entertained.

Pretty ugly looking.

Then there are the birds. A stately Blue Heron strolls by daily, fishing just a few feet from our front door.

blue heron

And the buzzards circle overhead occasionally – probably looking for some delicious crab for lunch. And sea gulls, Ibis, and other ocean bird that we couldn't begin to identify.


A little friend stops by for a visit.

Bella has been enjoying the beach also, which is something new for her. In the past, the loud waves scared her. The waves haven't been pounding the shore except during the night, so she's feeling pretty brave. She has found the little lizards (maybe gecko??) and has taken to hunting them. No catches yet, but she's enjoying the hunt!

Exhausted after an unsuccessful hunt.Bella

We stopped for lunch at the Island Grill in Key Largo. Just had to try Conch Fritters that are so famous here in the Keys. We coupled it with grilled shrimp and a couple beers. We have never had Conch Fritters before. Conch is a common name that generally applies to large sea snails whose shell has a siphonal canal. They take the meat out of the shell and serve it in many different ways. We both enjoyed the the lunch.



Island Grill

We head further down the Keys on Wednesday to Key West. We will spend the day sightseeing and stay over night to enjoy the nightlife. Stop back and see what we find in the furthest Southern point in the U.S.

The End.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Yay Bella, you keep at it. You'll get one sooner or later.

  2. Just loved our time there in the Keys and I am sure are having a ball from the looks of it.

  3. You have to get some key lime pie while in Key West. The lobster mac and cheese is really good too.

  4. Nice:) I have heard it said that if you cannot enjoy the keys, you do not enjoy life!

  5. I can hardly wait to experience you're "tropical zoo". It sounds like so much fun and look at all the pictures I can take. The breeze does make a difference with high temperatures.

  6. There are some super huge iguana in the Keys. We were sitting on our dock while in the Keys and looked across the canal to see a HUGE orange iguana thing! It must have been five to six feet long and had the biggest black fins on its back. It was sooo gross!! Your iguana was a beautiful color green. And I love the blue crab!!

    When you get to Key West, the best conch fritters ever are sold from a free standing place near the Sponge Factory. We have tried conch fritters in many places since but none are like these. The place has been there forever.

    Love Bella layed out exhausted:) I can just see her chasing the little lizards.

    Love your sunset header:)

  7. The Keys are on our list. Bella enjoyed the zoo.

  8. Looks like you two are loving every minute of FL. Enjoy your time in the Keys.


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