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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Driving South to Stock Island in the Florida Keys

If anyone has checked a map, the question is: Why Stock Island and not Key West?  Stock Island is just north of the southern most Florida Key.  This is like driving to Alaska and not visiting Denali National Park. What's up with that???  You'll find out soon enough....

Eric & I leave Highlands
Hammock State 
Campground at 8:30 am.

Today's drive is 5.5 hours long, without any stops.

Our drive starts out on

131 miles to Miami

A Fire Tower looks out

Gatorama isn't open yet.

Railroad tracks cross
the road in Clewiston.

Eric & I watch a fire burn
& we hope it's a controlled

A truck loaded with sod
passes our motorhome.

Eric fuels up at the
Pilot Travel Plaza
in Medley.

He's wearing the baseball cap we bought in Skagway, Alaska.

Southern Florida is where
ornamental plants & trees
are grown.

The Homestead-Miami
Speedway Water

Our drive continues south

Eric & I get our first glimpse
of the Atlantic Ocean, just
north of Florida's Keys.

Welcome to Key Largo.

Eric & I are now driving south on the roadway that links 43 of the 1,700 limestone islands that make up the Keys.  Many of the islands that make up this archipelago are too small for habitation.

Tavernier Creek Marina
is just one of the numerous
marinas we pass as we
drive south on the Keys.

Access to a fishing pier
just off of US Route 1.

One of the longer bridges
Eric & I drive across.

We are currently 12 feet
above Sea Level.

***Fun Fact:  The highest point on the Florida Keys is Windley Key at 18 feet above Sea Level.

The view of old Seven Mile
 Bridge from the current

A section has been taken
out keep people off the 
northern end of the bridge.

This section of bridge reminds
 me of the one I love to take
photos in Harrisburg, PA.

Larger keys are more
heavily developed.

New construction on

Visit the Dry Tortugas
National Park is one of
the few billboards on
US Route 1 South in
the Keys.

Eric & I arrive at Boyd's 
Campground on Stock
 Island at 3:40 pm.
Boyd's is the closest non-military campground to Key West.  US Navy active duty service members and veterans can camp in a designated area at Key West Naval Station on southernmost Key.

It's time to settle in and enjoy Margaritas after our 6 plus hour drive day.

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