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Heres a trip report for those who cant wait for hot weather. Its from last July (2009) and the destination was the Florida Keys. I know its late , but I just got around to figuring out posting pictures, and I’ve been practicing. Hopefully I got it right. Here goes….

The plan was for the wife and me to leave our home in Long Island NY on June 25 , drive down I95 with a side trip through North Carolina’s Outer Baanks and continue to the Keys. We would stay for a week or so at Bahia Honda SP then a private campground on July 3rd and 4th, then I would take the wife to Ft Lauderdale Airport and she’de fly back. My 15 year old daughter would fly down the same day and dad and daughter would stay a few weeks in the Keys and try to return with a side trip to the Blue Ridge Mountain Pky. That was the plan anyway. Heres what happened.

We left , later than planned at 11pm 6-25 , Thursday. Destination, a campground on Okracoke Island, on the southend of NC’s Outerbanks. We made Kitty Hawk , northern end of OBX around 1pm Friday. The Outerbanks is a series of barrier islands connected by bridges and ferries. We were on the Cape Hatteras ferry, which is a 45 minute ride and free at 315pm

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And pulled into Teeters Campground in Okracoke after 5pm. We were bushed, we traveled 637 miles in 18 hours through some nasty rainstorms. Okracoke is a nice small village with plenty of good restaurants. We walked to one and had a good seafood meal. Got to sleep early as we had a 10:30 AM reservation on the ferry(paid this time) to Cedar Island which is connected to the mainland. We had time for a resturant breakfast and some exploring in Okracoke next morning before the ferry.

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This was about a 2 hour ferry trip, reasonable cost , around 25 bucks. It let us off and we started a 4 hour ride back to I95. Theres lots of open wetlands

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and other assorted vast areas of gas station deprived land, just the point in time that can be made more exciting by a Garmin GPS hiccup. That technological marvel had us going in circles, once even to a spot where the road went straight into a river. There was an small ferry that couldn’t handle our rig even if it was still working. We watched the fuel needle slide towards E till with 20 miles left we found fuel.

Back on I95 we pushed on to just outside Savanah Georgia where we spent the night hidden in plain sight in a RV supply parking lot

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Next day we took a side trip to Sumpter Florida, northwest part of Florida. We were checking out some Jack Russell Shorty puppies at a small breeder. The breeder was also a horse breeder with a farm. She proudly showed off her 23 horses and the litter of puppies we were interested in. Since it was getting dark, Lisa the farm owner offered a spot in back of the barn with electric for the night

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An early morning start to another side trip, to visit a friend in Stuart, outside Palm City on the East coast of Fl. At my friends suggestion we stayed in a Army Corps of Engineer campsite in St Lucie. We had a waterfront site. Very clean and well run. The Intercoastal Waterway is the water, the camp is also at a lock in the waterway system.

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Now down to Bahia Honda SP. Its 35 miles north of Key West
Snorkling a plenty
Me

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Sue

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Plenty of wildlife, a large Heron

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And we wernt the only TC. There were a couple of popups, a few small hardsides and this fellow. It looked like a big moulded plastic Igloo Cooler. I bet he doesn’t get any leaks.

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And a wanna be TC

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Then we went as far south as possible to Key West. We stayed in a private campground for 2 days , July 3 and 4. Key West is a party town with plenty of restaurants and bars and other touristy things. Every sunset street performers gather at Mallory Square and do their acts, the probably make a good living. A bit of everything is represented. Jugglers, tightrope walkers, majicians , fire eaters acrobats. We particularly enjoyed the Catman of Key West ( check him out on UTUBE he’s hilarious.

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And a guy who does a Houdinish chain escape

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We caught some great fireworks on the 4th.
Then on the 5th we headed up to John Pennekamp SP. This includes the first underwater state park, a big chunk of Florida tropical reef. I dive but Sue is uncomfortable in water away from shore, so we took a glass bottom boat ride instead of a dive or snorkel tour.

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Next day we drove up to Fort Lauderdale Airport and Sue flew home. My 15 year old daughter Samantha flew down the same day from NY for the beginning of her first Florida trip. The best part? I got to stay on both parts with both the ladies J
I’ll post a Part 2 with Sams adventure if this post works out.





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Posted: 03/30/10 05:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yup, you got it right. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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I want to be a TC'r so bad lol. You guys have all the fun!

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Posted: 03/30/10 06:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sue looks like she's ready to slap you upside the head with a tarpon! [emoticon]

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Posted: 03/30/10 06:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Waitin' for #2!!!


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this is the only reasoni regret bying a tt, and being a seasonal camper. no great trips like this. thank you for that


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Posted: 03/30/10 06:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great post, thanks for figuring it out [emoticon]


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Very good report for your first attempt.

We did the Outer Banks S-N. I wanted to stop in the last town before the marsh since it was dark, but the wife was uncomfortable just finding a parking space, so we pushed on through the marsh flats in the dark til we made the ferry line where we parked for the night.. Thanks for the picture since I only had a vague idea of what I was driving through for miles and miles.

GPS are great, but you do need to pay attention to where you are going or you will end up lost. [emoticon]

Looking forward to part 2.


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Posted: 03/30/10 08:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i enjoyed your trip... it has been many years since we were on the outer banks or at key west.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

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What was the brand name on that hard side TC you saw? The cab over looks a little low.
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