Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content- Philippians 4:11

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mystery Vacation ~ March 2015 ~ Day 14

Up and going this morning to our final destination of this long, mystery vacation. Once out of Miami, we started seeing signs for Everglades National Park- so, off we went. It wasn't too far off our path, and it as pretty neat. We did get to see a baby alligator in the wild, on the walkway going in to the visitor center.

On the way back into the national park, we passed a place called Robert Is Here. It appeared to be a farmers market type place, and we thought nothing of it- except the name was odd! Well, once past the building- the fields and workers - miles of fields - all with workers - picking the produce to bring to that market. There were some other cool things in the fields also - like their watering system - about 15 trucks spraying water over the gardens - pretty neat looking!

Back on the road to Key West - well, we were staying at a place called Hawk's Cay that is actually at Duck Key in Marathon. When we were visiting Ocean Extreme before Christmas- talking with the guy about diving and all- he said we need to stop in Islmorada at a place called Robbie's. Highly recommend Robbie's if you are ever headed to the Keys! Great little market on the bay side- have all kinds of water sport rentals, and little restaurant (awesome!) and you can go out on the dock and feed the tarpon (huge fish swimming out there) but- you have to get past the pelicans first!  Birds in general freak me out- but these were kinda cool- I took tons of photos of them - they were such good subjects!! 

The birds and the fish were both neat to watch. People were laying on their stomachs and feeding the fish. Roger went to toss a small fish to the tarpon and a pelican came up behind him and snatched it out of his hand - bit him pretty good. After we finished our buckets of fish, we walked around a bit more - lots of shops- touristy type stuff- neat things by local artists and our favorite of the day - shaved ice! It was a super large portion of melt in your mouth shaved ice! The best kind you can have!

Time to find Hawks Cay - beautiful, huge resort! We parked and waited in line for a while just to check in. We found out valet was included, but we had already parked and decided to just stay there - we wheeled a luggage rack out to the self park and loaded all of our stuff up and tried to take it in. The tram driver saw us pushing our own stuff and left the tram to come help us. He was funny and said if manager sees guest pushing their own things - someone goes home! He said it wasn't going to be him today! He helped us all the way to the room and made us laugh the whole time. He was from Jamaica and said he came to the US and this was the first stop and he got a job and loves it- so he stayed.
After we got settled in the room, we roamed the grounds - beautiful lagoon that you can swim in - kiddos were straight to it to swim.  We walked down and caught the tram to the marina and walked around down there, roamed back around and ended up out by the dolphin lagoon. Hawk's Cay is an awesome place to relax.  We all went back to the room, except Riley - he hung out around the campfire.

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