We got to talking about our first trip snowbirding in the Florida Keys in 1996 without reservations or knowing anything about what was available. This was before all the campgrounds had websites and we didn't have a cellphone. No Directv or Dish was available or was too expensive so we used the over the air TV. I remember that I wanted to watch March Madness and many games were available on the main networks.
I knew I wanted to fish, so I checked and found I could buy a 6 month fishing license fairly reasonably so that was a necessity for me. I fished from the shore and bridges and managed to catch a few meals while we were there. Renting a boat or going out on a headboat wasn't in the cards, but I did manage to get my fishing time in.
|Big catch of the day.|
|Fishing from the campsite at Bahia Honda SP.|
|Old railroad bridge at Bahia Honda.|
A few years later the state decided to remove the Australian pine trees and then when the hurricanes came along, they took out 30-40 ft of the campground. It used to be a great campground, but over the years the shoreline has been reduced quite a lot.
We left the Keys and drove up to St. Augustine Beach and got a campsite at the KOA there. It wasn't the greatest spot, but it was a full hookup site and near all the attractions and beach. We needed the full hookup site since daughter Barbara and her family drove down to spend Easter week with us. Now, at this time we had a 30ft Flair motorhome with no slide outs.
|Early morning breakfast.|
Now it is impossible to get a site at Bahia Honda SP or Long Key since they are reserved 11 months in advance. Private campgrounds run from $75-150 a night and many campgrounds pack you in like sardines. We were fortunate to enjoy the Keys for 11 years before it became such a hassle to stay down there. Plus, we can't handle the Tiki Bars that much anymore.
It was nice while it lasted. Good night.
All the above pictures were scanned in from printed photos with the quality not being so good, but they were all we had back then.