|Bahia Honda Key|
This was a busy year for us in the Florida Keys. Friends Linny & Patsy Jameson came down for a visit and stayed with us for 3 days. Linny wanted to fish and we spent a lot of time on the old bridges catching fish. Linny hooked into a 40-50lb tarpon and fought it for 15 minutes before the fish jumped out of the water and shook out the hook. Linny was thrilled with the fight and really loved it.
Barbara and the three boys came down over spring break once again and had a ball. Sean & Jared love to fish also, so Barbara and I took them out on a big headboat into the Atlantic Ocean. We lucked out since the boat wasn't nearly full and we didn't have many line tangles. Each of the boys caught some fish and were just happy to be out on the big 65 ft boat.
They rented some sea kayaks and spent the afternoon paddling around Bahia Honda Key all morning. Our daughter Cassie and two childhood friends were on their way to Key West and spent the night with us and also went kayaking with Barbara and kids.
|Cassie & Sean|
|Barb & Jared, Sean & Cassie, Ryan|
|Gerry, Cassie, Lee & Randy|
|Lee, Randy & Cassie at Key West|
|Me, Sean, Jared, Ryan & Barbara|
|Jared at Islamorada Fish Co|
|Ryan, Jared & Sean at Islamorada Fish Co|
Since it was Easter time and that meant dyed Easter eggs, Gerry made sure we dyed a lot of eggs. The boys went out and found most of the eggs, but you can tell from the look on Ryan's face that he would have preferred to be doing something else. He did manage to perk up and eat all his candy. Smart kid.
No trip to the Keys would be complete without a visit to Key West and Mallory Square. They have a number of street performers there and the "Silver Man" was very popular. He would stand there like a statue and only move very slowly to take a dollar from someone's hand. Jared gave him a dollar and got a sucker as a reward and loved it.
|Jared and the Silver Man|
Gerry and I always try and celebrate St Patrick's Day wherever we are and that year we attended a corned beef and cabbage dinner at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Big Pine Key. The meal was great and afterward they had Irish entertainment and dancing until late in the evening. We went there every year we were down there except the first year and made a lot of good friends.
We also spent time at Long Key State Park in the Keys and it was one of our favorite parks in the U.S. We especially liked parking right on the beach and having great sunrises and sunsets in view every day. Long Key was narrow and we could walk from one side to the other in a matter of minutes, so we had the best of both worlds.
|Gerry searching for shells with our Flair MH behind her.|