The Elusive Florida Keys

For the last ten days hubby and I have set the alarm clock for 5:50 a.m. so that we could log into the Florida State Park website and try and get a spot on the ocean in the Florida Keys for Christmas next year. This is no easy task, first there are only a limited number of sites actually on the ocean and then there are only so many that Maxx will fit into. For the first few days we concentrated on Bahai Honda State Park as it was the furthest down the keys, but when we had no success there we decided to look at Curry Hammock and Long Key. It turned out we actually like those two parks more than Bahai Honda because their waterfront sites don’t look out over the 7 Mile Bridge and the sand looks nicer. Of course we are making these judgments based on small photos provided on the web site so we could be wrong, but that is what we went with.

The night before we would check out which sites where coming available the next day. Often there was only one suitable site but several times we had up to four suitable sites. So every morning we would fire up the laptops, and sometimes both our iPad’s when there were four sites, and start clicking away on the “Book Now” button at 5:58 a.m. (the site opens at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time which is 6:00 a.m. Yuma time). We would both click away and just as the clock turned to 6:00 a.m. we would get a message stating “Inventory Not Available” and just like that our dreams would be shattered 😦

Well I’m sure you can guess what’s coming … yesterday morning was no different, although we only had one site to work on and it’s not very big, but according to the web site we will fit in. Hubby and I both clicked away and at 6:00 a.m. I got the standard “Inventory Not Available” message. I looked over at hubby, all disappointed, only to see him staring at the computer in disbelief, hubby got in! We couldn’t believe it! We have a really nice spot on the ocean at Long Key State Park for Christmas next year! We arrive on December 21st, and don’t have to leave until January 4th.

Long Key State Park

Image from the Florida State Park website

In 2013 we spent Christmas in Marathon, Florida on the Florida Keys and it cost us $795.00 for one week at a private RV Park and we were not on the ocean. We had a view of the Gulf of Mexico but the park did not have a swimming beach. This was our reason for looking for a state park for Christmas this year, two weeks directly on the Atlantic Ocean and all for $608.70 for two weeks!

Our trip across Canada and down the Eastern Seaboard, starting later this year, will have us out of British Columbia longer than the seven months allowed by BC Medical. Once every five years BC Med will allow you to apply for a one-year leave of absence and still provide medical coverage … the only caveat to this absence is that you cannot come back into the province during your time away. If we go back to BC during this time our leave of absence ends, which means we can’t go home for Christmas. So now I’m hoping that our awesome Christmas location will encourage some of our family to come and spend Christmas with us 🙂

Until next time …

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