Lake Ashton Travelers trip to Jolly Roger RV Park on Marathon Key. April 2021

Our site at Jolly Roger RV Park

We joined the Lake Ashton Travelers Club for RV folks – just before the COVID pandemic took hold so we have not done any rallies with members. We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a year. We went to Marathon Key for five days. We stayed in a nice park – Jolly Roger RV Park – not fancy but adequate with over a hundred sites – a mixture of motor coaches, 5th wheels, campers or trailers and a boat launch and docking area.

Here there are couples, families , young adults and retired folk enjoying a weekend getaway or winter in the Keys.

Located on Marathon right on the water with a dock and boat ramp, the amenities include a pool and roped off ocean swimming area, boat ramp as well as a gathering place pavilion.

We have a few scheduled events such as breakfast and dinners together as well as a visit to a local unique aquarium with plenty of free time for pandemic weary members. Time was set aside for folks to visit Key West – the Conch Capital – south of Marathon.

A good time was had by all. We’ll definitely do another rally when we get back from our summer on the road.

Theater of the Sea visit

Midway Cafe – we had an awesome breakfast of pastries, Quiche, scones provided by the Midway Cafe – a fabulous local place we love.

Boat stuck on a sand bar – end to a lovely day -not so much…… thin water in the Keys!

Young Brown Pelican – love them!
Just Chillin babe.

Pandemic Year One

Hard to believe it’s been a full year. The year that was stolen from us by an errant virus set lose on an unsuspecting world unprepared for its impact. Billions of people infected, three million dead worldwide. In United States where we live – over 600,000 have died, stopped breathing, ended their earthly adventure and transitioned. Beyond sad are all of us. Looking forward to a full day with no tears in my eyes; no waves of loneliness or pain brought on by the empathetic reaction to seeing so much loss.

I write a blog on RV travel and use photographs to illustrate the where and when. For most of 2020 we have not traveled much. Two trips to the Keys – only internal state travel and we went to a county where we felt safe. There mask wearing and social distancing was and still is vigorously enforced.

We plan on leaving here for a trip back to the northeast in May since we have both been fully vaccinated. We have family and friends to see and hug for the first time in a year. Our next blog post will be from the road again.

Till then ❤️

Table Runner – my other creative outlet – quilting.

Photos from August to October at Lake Ashton

November trip to Fiesta Key RV Resort

We planned to spend the month of November in the keys, but after a week we ran home because of Tropical Storm Etta. We will wait a few days but hope to return to our happy place for the rest of the month. It’s so nice to be on the road again. The pandemic put a serious Ho,d on all our activities since March a d as we are over 70 we did not feel comfortable traveling much. We visited the Keys for two weeks in late June and early July and thought a month in November would great. Thanksgiving in the Keys makes sense and avoids any exposures. Monroe County is very serious about masks and social distancing so we feel safe to eat out here and shop the many craft stores and galleries. So much art to explore and being at the beach is rejuvenating.

I’m sorry for not posting much in the last six months. I do plan to review photos I’ve taken and share them with you all. Now that the election is over and we can breathe a sigh of relief I think I’ll feel better about blogging again. Feeling hopeful helps. Be well all of you and let’s enjoy every minute of each day.

Home for the Taj in November

More pics when we return mid week. Hugs to all.

July- month four in Covid 2020

Photos to take your mind off the news and blues

All this rain and our temperature Duck is raising serious complaints.
Mule deer doe who loves near Hole #7
LA Bunnies
Magnolia flowers were beautiful – large but delicate.
My beauties – blue heron
A blue beauty who completed his second year bluing

Random photos in the heat

Coral abandoned
Storms out at sea
Big clouds in distance
Stillness before Sun drops
Second Site
Moon over Mangroves
Second young fisherman watches sunset
So many beautiful sunsets
Looking up at the beach
Anchored out.
Lola and Lenny getting water time
Mahi pre filleting
Wahoo Wahoo

Fourth of July Weekend 2020 – Fiesta Key RV Resort

First RV Trip since December 2019

Quarantine fatique got the better of us in early June 2020 – we planned a getaway to the Keys – Fiesta Key RV Resort – thus not leaving the state but changing the scenery.

We departed Winter Haven on June 25 after giving the motorcoach a bath and stowing our supplies for our two week adventure. It felt so good to be on the road again and in the motorcoach. It’s true – retired people can go on vacation – even during a pandemic.

Monroe County turned out to be the safest place we could choose – masks are required in public everywhere and social distancing is being observed throughout the county.

It is very hot here and humid – 89 feels like 103 degrees – but it’s summer in Florida, people! 100 degrees yes but at the seacoast it is better than 100 degrees inland. First few days we had strong winds which have died down a bit. We’ve been in the pool which is monitored by staff and there are specific time slots and cleaning breaks so comply with county precaution requirements.

We have had two great meals already – at two different restaurants – The Square Grouer and Kaiyo Grille in Islamorada, where we felt very safe due to the precautions taken by both of the management companies. Honestly we feel safer here than back in Winter Haven where we saw a lot of non compliance regarding mask wearing and social distancing. Every store, restaurant, and shop has signs saying “No mask, No service” so we are delighted we choose to visit here in Monroe County at this time. We will stay another week to enjoy this lovely respite.

Here are some photos of the Resort and Marina on Long Key near Layton, Florida.

The Resort’s restaurant and bar are not open much to our dismay but we brought plenty of food and liquor. Also we returned to our favorite bagel shop – Marathon Bagel Company – to stock up on the best bagels south of New York. We tried a sushi place for the first time – Kaiyo Grille and had a fabulous 28th anniversary dinner – we hope to go back before we leave here. We celebrated Rick’s birthday at The Square Grouper and had a terrific three course dinner with cocktails, wine and dessert!

Kaiyo Grille & Sushi Bar
Sunset from the dog and kayak beach
Sailing day’s end

We bought more beautiful wooden fishes painted by a local artist at the Rain Barrel Galleries to finish decorating our lanai back home as well as the appropriate bar sign.

A view I never tire of……. ocean on one side Gulf on the others ….

Birds, Ducks, Water Fowl and all ages too

It’s mating season for many of our Lake Ashton flocks of birds and water fowl – from the tiny shore birds like Kildeer to the larger Sandhill Cranes and Great Blue Herons. We even had a Great Horned Owl nesting in 14th green wooded area and we caught a glimpse of a Bald Eagle surveying the marina area. I’m testing this new format. I hope it looks good.

Nothing common about this Gallinule

That’s a lot of winged creatures. Never a dull moment here. It keeps us smiling – and it’s life affirming in a time of disease and dismay. I hope these pics cheer you up too.

Hugs to all – Kathleen

New House for Quarantine

Well I guess we picked the right time to buy a house in a golf course community and build a pool in our backyard. Life has been weird since our March 15 quarantine began – alone together in a community of 1000. We like much of the world have been staying home at the new house except for golf cart rides, walks and golf. We have been playing golf a few times a week. Our course are open to members so it has been a good time to learn the game and have something to get you out of the house.

We actually enjoy playing golf more than we thought we would. It gets us out in fresh air, offers some exercise and a way to compete with yourself to get better on every round. And we get to cool off in our pool after 9-18 holes – delightful!

We’ve worked on wrapping up many projects in and around the new house – hanging some curtains, pictures, refinishing some furniture, and outside we have been planting flowers and herbs. Also I’ve completed more than a half a dozen quilts with two more in the planning stages since lockdown. It makes me happy to design and complete a quilt for someone I love.

Below are some photos of the house interiors followed by a sampling of completed quilts.

Entry & foyer
Great room with kitchen and dining areas

Lenny & Lola loving the couch.
Indoor dining space. Gotta have it!
Our reading corner – for me and the dogs
Master bedroom
The Lanai where we spend much of our time. West golf course is in background – Tee for Hole #6

Jump in to cool off. Water is 84 degrees
Here is where we eat all our dinners when it’s not raining – soon we’ll build an outdoor kitchen where the grill is now. The luxury of eating outside with no bugs is priceless!
A place to meet, eat and dry off after a dip in pool.
Looking in to Lanai from back yard

Quilts Galore!

I hope you are all staying healthy and that you’re being careful. Thanks for following us. We hope to be back on the road in July. In the meantime I’ll be posting from Lake Ashton and next post will focus on our local birds and water fowl who are now in their mating and new baby season. Such a joy!

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