After we got the campsite all set up yesterday, we lounged around on our own private beach, drank “island drinks,” played in the water a bit and simply enjoyed the beautiful surroundings.
Once the sun started to set, we headed out to get a bite to eat and ended up at Lazy Days Restaurant on Islamorada … Seemed appropriate 🙂 We had another great meal of fresh seafood (wonder how long it will take for that to get old?) and enjoyed a great view while we watched a silly dog dig and dig and dig on the ocean floor for whatever it was its owner kept throwing out in the water. We also watched a sea plane take off and land a couple of times which was also very cool to see up close.
Once we made it back to the campsite, Brian started a fire while I walked the dogs, then we settled in for a relaxing night with a cozy campfire. We passed the time by looking for boat lights along the dark horizon, and for falling stars in the sky. Sometime between the first and second falling star, I suggested we stay until Thursday instead of Wednesday, when we originally planned to leave, which would have given us a full five days to get back before starting back to work. Leaving Thursday, we would still have four full days to get home by Sunday. We could also get home by Saturday if we pushed hard enough. It didn’t take much to convince Brian. (I always have the best ideas 🙂 )
As we were leaving the park this morning to take a drive to the lower keys, we stopped at the ranger station to change our reservations. “You guys are really lucky,” the ranger said. “When the reservation system is open, this time of year it’s cut throat to get a site here.”
“We feel very lucky,” I told her, feeling very sincere.
We’ve already made tentative plans to return in the spring so I asked her how long until reservations can be made again. She didn’t know since the planned construction on the park hasn’t even started yet. But she said to keep checking, literally, every day since she expected people to go nuts as soon as it opens. If they only knew the park was secretly open right now 🙂
We are truly two lucky Parrotheads in paradise 🙂