This year my wife and I decided to head south from Ontario for our annual road trip. I said if we're going south lets go way south. All the way to Key West, as far south as you can get on four wheels.
We loaded up the Boler
and left Sept 17. We drove non stop taking turns at the wheel with breaks only for gas and to stretch our legs. We rolled into the north end of Florida about 26 hours later. We continued down to Ocala and stopped around dinner time at a KOA, made a meal and went to bed early for some much needed sleep.
My main reason for stopping in Ocala was to visit the Don Garlits museum of drag racing which we did the following morning. If you're a motor head of any description you'll love this place. It's filled with an incredible array of cars, motors, and memorabilia that Don has collected over the years. Any future trip I make through Florida will require an additional visit here because it's impossible to take it all in during one walk through. We spent one more night in the KOA and the next morning it was onward to the Keys.
We continued south sticking to the interstates since our next destination was Long Key State Park where we had four nights booked.
We arrived at Long Key, checked in on site 39 and settled in for four days of sun and relaxation. The sites are narrow and close together but provide more than enough room for the Boler
. Privacy between sites was not bad especially those from mid 30's and up with a thick band of greenery between each. The showers and bathrooms were always clean. We ate well, slept well (a/c would have been a welcome addition in the trailer) waded in the ocean, played cards and generally relaxed. We did have a screen room set up so when the mosquitoes became aggressive we retreated into that.
After checkout we started southward towards Key West for a four night stay at Boyds campground. On the way we stopped at various spots for photos and general touristy stuff. We detoured off the main road for lunch at the No Name Pub. The food was good, the beer was cold and we ordered a pizza to go so we wouldn't have to cook dinner that night. Checked in at Boyds and settled into our site, cramped, no privacy and far from cheap. But it is Key West, space is at a premium and prices are high. On the bright side the pool was great, the staff was nice, the facilities are spotless, the park was less than half full and you're a ten minute drive from Duval Street. We spent the four days wandering around Duval Street, lounging around the pool and sitting at our site watching the boats go by.