Day 8 [Long Key – Islamorada, Upper Matecumbe Key]

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014

[Distance traveled: 16 miles]

Good Friday morning!

I actually got up before the sun, and got some really nice shots of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Now I KNOW sunrise shots can be a dime a dozen, but we were there! We saw this! And seeing such a pretty sunrise, well, it does something to you…there’s a sense of joy, of comfort, of wonder. Do yourself a favor and check one out, just for YOU.

Let me share OUR sunrise with you:

Sunrise 1

Sunrise 2

Sunrise 3

Sunrise 4

Sunrise 5

Sunrise 6

Sunrise 7

Sunrise 8

And we could see all this FROM our tent:

Sunrise from our tent

Here’s another view of our campsite:

Another view of campsite

Just a little after this, though, the sky got overcast [which we actually WELCOMED, because the sun was making us really SWEAT while we packed. Ha!].

Of course, I HAD to get the sand out of the tent!

Sand out

Paula from next door brought us some coffee…thank you!

Then someone noticed a group of porpoises swimming by, and our neighbor on the other side went out to investigate….he said he saw 6 or 7 adults and one baby porpoise. Neat!

Family of porpoises

With the clouds on the west looking threatening, we decided to pack as if it would rain. [Our 2010 MPT taught us how to do that REAL well!]

After leaving Long Key State Park, we ran across a wide bike path, and being separated from all the truck traffic is ALWAYS preferred!

Wide path

It looks like there is a lot of work being done on making some nice trails along the water. And remember, we are STILL surrounded by a lot of water.

LOTS of water out there

Even this bridge we came across has construction work being done on it.

Construction on bridge

Sometimes the trail was nice….

Sometimes nice

And sometimes it was NOT so nice….

Sometimes not so nice

When we crossed over into Islamorada, we stopped at Bud & Mary’s to order sandwiches, and especially cole slaw, to get the bad taste out of our mouth of the AWFUL cole slaw we had yesterday. [It lingers, it lingers….]

Good cole slaw

Then, as we started to look for a place to stay, we first went to the motel that the biker from Canada we had met at Curry Hammock State Park recommended.

But when we found the place, it was sold out! Why?

It seems that there is a big NASCAR race event in Homestead this weekend, so ALL the motels are full, even down this far. Even talked to the local Chamber of Commerce that said all campsites were full, all hotels were FULL except for 4, and they gave PRICES that were from $169 a night to $350 a night.

ACK!

Can’t raise money for a non-profit THAT way! And Earline’s knee NEEDED some rest!

And we needed to wash clothes! [Truly!]

AND, I need to get this blog caught up.

So what happened?

We knew we needed to wash clothes, so we were directed to a brand new laundromat that was on our route, called SeaFoam. Earline and I encouraged each other that God knew what He was doing, and that He WOULD help us find  place to stay!

SeaFoam

So we went to the laundromat, and then I happened to notice a motel across the street. Can’t hurt to check, right?

Well, not only was it the cutest little place, it SMELLED clean, and they had ONE room left! AND it was about HALF the price of the other motels with rooms left. AND the clerk gave me a 10% discount on top of that. I asked her why, and she said, “Because I can!”

Wow.

Well, as a result, we DID get our clothes washed, we DID find a place to stay, and I DID get 3 days worth of blog caught up.

Wow.

Say it backwards.

Wow.

Say it upside down.

MOM.

Ha!

Grateful AGAIN for God’s providence, and looking forward to what ELSE He might have planned!

TGG,

jon

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