#FloridaForty Day 15 Key West to Marathon

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We did school before we headed out for the day. The view was phenomenal!

As we headed to Marathon, we couldn’t help but wonder how quickly some of these businesses got back up and running after Hurricane Irma.

It seems that the smaller, mom and pop type stores and businesses, had to get in and re-open since their livelihood depended on it, whereas some of the bigger chains are able to stay closed until they are completely remodeled.

Many people lost a majority of their homes and were forced to get back in there, clean out and salvage what they could, and leave the damage on the side of the road.

It is amazing, though, that the locals, while they have been greatly affected, are still so hospitable.

One store owner, when she found out we have 4 kids and homeschool, gave us over $20 of free books about Florida for them to have.

We found a pavilion behind city hall, overlooking the water, to have lunch.  We hadn’t packed anything, so pizza it was!

#FloridaForty Day 14 Dania Beach to Key West

These past few days have been slammed packed with fun and new sights!!

Driving down, through all the Keys, on the Seven Mile Bridge, to Key West was only half the fun.

Our first stop in Key West was the historic “The Southernmost Point” of the U.S.  Literally 90 miles behind this point is the county of Cuba.  Pretty surreal.

We decided to park here and just walk around the city.

Our first stop took us to the end of Highway U.S. 1, at mile marker 0.  It runs 2,369 miles from Kent. ME to Key West, FL.

Further down, and pretty obvious, are two giant kissers.

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You have to get a picture of that.

Of course, after all this walking, in the sun, the kids were “dying” and needed some ice cream to re-energize their bodies.

Had to get the big kids something too, so we got some pralines at River Street Sweets Candy Kitchen.

We also got our fix at the Harley store!

Don’t think we are horrible parents, but we had ice cream and sweets before lunch. 🙂

And, we had the perfect spot to eat lunch…so, we just had to wait to get there before eating it!  Fort Taylor beach picnic area is awesome!

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We enjoyed Fort Taylor, too!

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Kelly looked up two headstones in the Key West cemetery that had some humor in their death.  That’s the way I want to go when I do…at least they can laugh some too!

Somehow, after getting back to the RV park, the kids had enough energy to go to the pool…

…and still be able to do schoolwork (oh, yeah, we started back again).

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What a day!