John and I have been busy since we returned home from our trip out west and yes, I should have published this long ago. We were not home long at all before I flew out to California to visit with our son, Kevin, and his family. It was a wonderful visit and so great to be there for Eliza’s third birthday party!
On the way home, I made a stop in NC for a few days to see my family and to attend my great niece’s wedding reception. It was so great to visit with all of my aunts – I have four, and to spend some quality time with my sister and two brothers. I’ll have to think about doing that again the next time I fly out to California.
Then, John and I went to Charleston the first week in November to attend his 40th reunion at the Citadel. We saw a lot of old friends and reminisced about the fun times in Charleston and the hardships of attending a military college in the early 70’s.
Returning from Charleston, we spent a couple of days packing the RV and taking off for the Florida Keys for a month. We love the Keys and spend a lot of time there, especially in the winter. John and I just don’t like the cold weather or maybe we never did like the cold weather, but we seem to be more sensitive to it now. And since winter arrived early this year, why not go down to the Keys where the promise of sunshine and warmer weather awaits us.
The Jolly Roger is our home away from home when we are in the Keys. It’s located on Grassy Key, which is close to Marathon, on the Gulf side. We settled into a harbour spot, which has delightful sunset views. The campground was not crowded yet, but a few of our winter friends from Canada and northern states were there. That all changed Thanksgiving week. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There was much to do after arriving. John always spends a day getting the boat ready to go in the water, and we spent some time putting lights on our palm tree and also around our shade shelter. We created a nice little area for enjoying sunsets and dinners with friends.
We spent what time we could fishing and lobstering, but the blustery winds kept us from doing it as much as we would have liked. Even when we did fish, we were not tearing them up. We caught some nice size grouper, but not legal size. There were some decent size snapper we kept and we released a lot of small ones. The sea gulls were a big nuisance. They kept going for our bait as we cast and sometimes try to fly off with it. We would have to jerk it out of their beak, only to have them come back and try again. John had one to get tangled in his line, and we were able to get him in the boat and untangle him. He flew away unharmed and without harming us. It is not easy to untangle fishing line from a wiggling bird.
John really wanted to lobster more than he wanted to fish, I guess because of the poor fishing and the fact he does love being in the water. The cooler temperature of the water this time of year is certainly not as inviting as the warm summer water, but with wet suit on, he dove many holes. He did find lobsters, but they were not as plentiful as when the season opened in August. Lobster season runs from August 5th thru the month of March.
We had some Tybee friends come visit us. The weather was not the greatest while they were there, lots of cloudy, windy days, some rain and cooler temperatures. One day was beautiful and the winds were down too, so the Scarbroughs went boating with us. We stayed inland, just taking in the sights and enjoying the day, and stopped at The Islander for lunch. The Jarrells went fishing with us one day, and everyone caught fish, just nothing to brag about. It was a lot of fun though. All of us spent a day in Key West and did other fun stuff. We had a blast with them and wouldn’t you know it, the winds calmed down and the temperatures rose the day they left.
For the first time ever, we went out to eat Thanksgiving dinner. We joined our friends Buddy and Dixie at the Sunset Grill where they had a Thanksgiving buffet set up. Everything you expect to have for a Thanksgiving meal was present, plus dishes like lobster bisque, clams and crab balls. The meal was good, although I was a little disappointed in it. The best part was being there with Buddy and Dixie and the beautiful view of the seven mile bridge and the Atlantic Ocean.
Jolly Roger was very busy Thanksgiving week. Lots of families with children and more boats in the harbour. The winds were terrible that week and hardly anyone did any fishing. I was hoping that a bunch of us would do Thanksgiving dinner there, but it seemed most everyone was going out to eat. There were several RVs that were traveling together that were camped along the harbour next to us – a great bunch of friendly people from up north. One fella did a lot of cooking on a pellet grill and shared with us. That was some good cooking! We shared our lobster with them and they were quite impressed with the southern lobster, and then we found out we had a mutual friend. Well, it was the guy’s cousin, but we know him because he camps with us in January – small world. That is what RVing is all about, meeting new people and sharing good times. Well, also for seeing the world too, but the people sure make it more enjoyable.