Getting to our January Home

We are safely tucked in at our January project, but it certainly wasn’t without just a little bit of drama.
Friday started with beautiful sunshine, and some of the first “Yes! We’re in Florida now!” scenery.
Drive to Islamorada-1
But before we even made it to lunch time, we were stuck in a 4 mile long back-up due to a multi-car accident. So glad we carry our bathroom with us!
Drive to Islamorada-2
Apparently the accident had happened several hours earlier, so I guess we should be happy we were only tied up for about 90 minutes. Once we got to the accident site, and saw that they needed a crane to clear the accident, I think we realized we were very fortunate indeed!
Drive to Islamorada-3
I loved our drive through the Everglades –
Drive to Islamorada-4
So many beautiful birds – and places I would have loved to have stopped except that there were no shoulders and we really wanted to make it to the project before dark.
Drive to Islamorada-5
With the delay, we were driving through downtown Homestead, FL right about rush hour,
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and our hopes of reaching Islamorada by dark was fading.
Drive to Islamorada-7
You might wonder why we were so anxious for a daylight arrival at the project. While parking a motorhome in a parking spot (as opposed to in a big parking lot) in the dark is never an first choice, we knew that the parking at this project was quite challenging. Lots of trees, all back-in sites, and lots of bad angles. And lots of trees.
It was quite dark when we arrived :(, but they found an overnight spot for us behind the school and we were delighted to just dry camp for the night.
In the morning we inspected our designated spot –
islamorado parking-1
Ooooo – lots of fun branches, and trees. But, Gary LOVES a good back-up challenge, so he was ready to go.
islamorado parking-2
He also had four guys giving him directions. (I stayed far away, chatting with the girls!)
It only took him a couple of swings before we were all set.
islamorado parking-6
I really don’t know how he does it!

So our slides are out, the utilities are good to go, and we’ve spent the weekend just scratching the surface of all the delightful things to see and do here in the Keys! But most important, we’re here to help. Work starts tomorrow morning, and we’re ready!

PS – Here’s a map of where we are.
Islamorado map
When people are giving us directions to things they usually include the words “Ocean side” or “Gulf side”. And the “sides” are literally just across the street from each other! I am really looking forward to this month!

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  1. I told my husband that you are doing a Sower Project in the Keys, while we are here in Conn. with a foot of snow and another foot due Tuesday night! We are looking forward to warmer weather, and starting our work with Sowers. He will retire June can’t come soon enough for us! For now, we are waiting on the Spring Thaw, so that we can work on our 1987 Honey Class A Motorhome. Have a great time in the Keys!

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