3/13/22 - Left Miami, FL - Key Largo, FL
Well the vagabond lifestyle finally caught up with us. It overall went pretty well, but the kids needs a home base for a few days and less time in the van so our campground in Key Largo is calling our names! We always have great nights, but this morning was rough. Ozzy and Fitz have slowly been morphing into frenemies to the extreme. They play so sweet together one minute and are bugging each other to tears the next. They have hitting battles now. Both are equally as guilty and provoke each other. It was one problem after another this morning. I finally had to have them sit in their car seats (while Nick ran inside to shop) and put on an audiobook for us to listen too. We pulled out some activity books they haven’t seen since the drive to Florida and that helped as well. Once Nick came back I had a children’s park for us to go to all qued up. We headed straight there and let Ozzy and Fitz play to hopefully get out their angst. They were angels there. We had some lunch in the van before hitting the road to Key Largo. We filled up on gas before we left and an older woman came over to Nick as he was pumping the gas asking him to help her fill up her tire with air. He helped her and came back laughing because they both had the same sunglasses on. The drive was only about 45 minutes and smooth for us.
We got to our campground and Fitz and Ozzy have been riding their bikes around like little machines. So many people have been shocked at their bikes riding skills “No training wheels!” We set up camp. Walked around to see the place. Played at the park. Did laundry. Made dinner. Met tons of campground neighbors (people are so laid back and nice here so far.) Got everyone fed, cleaned, and into bed. Pretty straightforward day. We are so excited to explore Key Largo (and beyond) this week! Nick is fishing all day tomorrow with his friend Clint, so it will be me and the boys. I’m determined to make it a fun stress free day for us (but I’m actually terrified to be alone with them all day, haha.)
Just a few minutes' drive but a world away from the mainland, Key Largo has been the setting of movies, home to abundant wildlife and a favorite destination for scuba diving. Lush flora and lively fauna abound in the Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Everglades National Park. Underwater, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary teems with life while the American Crocodile thrives at with tons of places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences.