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BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK

Big Pine Key, FL

sunny 70 °F

Here we are in Bahia Honda State Park! Being in the historic old railroad bridge's shadow and seen from most points of the park invokes a feeling of history and the past. Lots of time and hard work was put in to make the keys accessible to the motor traveler. At night the sky down here is a whole different story than back home in Ohio. Here there is so many more you can see and they are so clear they jump out at you, as if you could touch them all....Had a strong North Easter early this morning with rain and cold wind which made a great sleep in morning with my warm sleeping bag. (See Mary, I told you I needed a 30 degree sleeping bag!)......"The Neighbors"..Two young girls driving in stopped me and wanted to know where the heck their campsite is and started laughing and did not quit for two nights! Their site was right next to ours and their cackling continued into the wee hours of the morning. IT DROVE ME CRAZY! Second night Mary called the rangers on them and quiet returned once again....Many of the buildings here are older but the showers are hot and that's all that matters at the end of a long day. From Bahia we took a drive to Key West to visit my cousin Bob who lives on a military base. Great place to live but a bit creepy getting past the guards. I haven't seen cousin Bob for over 35 years and was excited to see him again. When he showed up at the gate to get me in he was the same old bob. We had a very nice visit with him and "C", his wife. They served up a type of Venezuelan raw fish popular in Key West...and it was delicious!

Crazy low bridge we had to drive under to get to our campsite
note the Carrabbean art on the underside pipe.
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Breathtaking sunsets framed by the historic railroad bridge every night.
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View from on top of bridge with the palm trees swaying in the wind.
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Today in paradise I just rode my bike and walked miles and miles of natural unspoiled beaches with no one around,just me and the energetic sandpipers and the diving pelicans. It seemed they were putting on a show of all their talents just for me ,many times I just had to stop and watch in awe. Later in the early evening "Bahia Mary and I headed out to look for "No Name Bar" on "No Name Key". After driving small roads through residential areas and dead ends we finally found it.I was a little disappointed 😔 that it was not a real dive bar and no happy hour but it was different and happy fun people were there. Coming back to the park and our home we had the most beautiful sunset 🌅 waiting for us framed by the old railroad bridge to finish off the day.

Bike was great but it's not my kayak,should have brought it!
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All the birds here seem so busy but I think they are faking it.
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Unspoiled beaches just waiting to be discovered.
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"No Name Bar" was really hard to find,no wonder people there drink so much.
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French lady just would not get out of my picture and kept saying "Ou La La!" True story!
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Posted by Bananawind2016 11:00 Archived in USA

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