Where does the time go? Our two weeks at Sunshine Key RV Resort are over today, and tomorrow we will be leaving the Florida Keys. Even though we didn’t get to do some of the things we had looked forward to, like kayaking or doing some fishing, it has still been one of the most relaxing and enjoyable times we’ve had in as long as I can remember.
We have done some sightseeing, eaten lots of wonderful seafood, enjoyed walking along the shore soaking up all of that wonderful sea air, and drinking in the marvelous views of palm trees, water, and sand. I don’t think either one of us have felt as rested as we do right now for a very long time.
And please don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s been nice not having to share our time with anyone else. We love our RVing friends and our many readers, and we always look forward to visiting with them. Usually wherever we go we run into folks we know, and it’s always fun. But for two weeks now it’s been just us, and that’s nice too. Very nice! Kind of like a second honeymoon.
We’ve also learned, or maybe reaffirmed, some things about ourselves. We have always said that when and if we ever hang up the keys, we would settle down somewhere around water. We both spent way too many years living in the desert, and our souls just seem to be so much more at rest by the seaside. When that day comes, if it ever does, it won’t be here in the Florida Keys.
While it’s beautiful, it’s too expensive and too busy for us. That laid-back island lifestyle Jimmy Buffett writes about isn’t real. At least not here. Reality here is lots of traffic, lots of mainlanders rushing back and forth trying to squeeze everything they can into the weekend they have available, and way too many of them bring their city attitude with them. We have said before that our favorite place is up around Titusville area, and just having come here from there has reaffirmed that in both our minds. So I guess it’s like the old saying, this is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here.
Although I said it’s been nice having all this time to ourselves, we did have visitors yesterday. Our good friends Tom Owens and Diane Rojewski rode their Goldwing motorcycle up from their houseboat in Key West and we had a wonderful time visiting with them. After talking for a couple of hours, we went out to dinner at China Garden, a very nice Chinese restaurant we discovered on Big Pine Key. Good food and a couple more hours of good conversation followed. Tom and Diane are two of our favorite people and we always have a wonderful time when we get together with them.
Today we plan to run over to Marathon Key for a while and just enjoy the time we have left here. Like I said, it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here. But we’re darned sure looking forward to coming back again!