Key West, FL - Day 2 - 11/24/2011 - Thanksgiving!

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Today is Thanksgiving!  What a beautiful day to give thanks for the many blessings we have, and we know the source - our Heavenly Father!

We started our day out snorkeling.  We were going to take a scheduled snorkeling trip, but since the kids have never done it, we thought it might be better to buy our own equipment, go to a local beach, and teach them how.  So we bought our gear yesterday, and found a great spot suggested by locals to go to.  It is the Bahia Honda State Park, located on Big Pine Key, and it was gorgeous.  It is noted for having some of the best snorkeling in the world.

The kids got the hang of snorkeling pretty quickly.  Chrissy had some trouble with the breathing tube, but she did great with everything else.  They are all good swimmers, so that was no problem, either.  The water was very clear and shallow for at least 20 yards out from the beach.  We played and swam for a good part of the morning.  We don't have a lot of pictures from that because, obviously, we can't take the digital camera in the water.  However, we did buy a waterproof camera, and when we get those pictures developed, I'll post them to the web site.

Heading in for Thanksgiving Dinner

We headed back to Key West for our Thanksgiving dinner.  MWR (Morale, Welfare, Recreation) was hosting a pot-luck Thanksgiving dinner.  They provided the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and everyone else was asked to sign up to bring sides.  We brought salad and brownies.  It was a mixture of military folks - families, single soldiers, retirees.  We had a really good time and everyone was super friendly.

With John, the campground host

After that, we got Sam and headed to the playground and dog park on base.  The dog park is a nice little area where dogs can run around and play without having to be on a leash.  Of course Sam isn't into running very much.  We finally did get him to pick up his pace and play.  Jim brought the frisbee, which Sam loves, and that got him interested and moving.  Once another dog showed up, we left, though.  Other dogs tend to bark and bite at Sam, and we've learned not to take chances.  Sam doesn't usually mess with them, but other dogs don't seem to have a problem picking on him.

Trying to convince Sam to run up the ramp.  Not happening

We lured him into the tunnel with the Frisbee

 The playground was a lot of fun.  The kids played with kids from another family that was there.  Their kids wanted to pet Sam and walk him on his leash.  Sam was very well behaved, too. We all had a good time.

Play time

 We did go into Key West one last time.  We got some pizza, drove by the Ernest Hemingway house, and took some quick pictures at the beginning and ending mile markers for U.S. Hwy 1. 

U.S. Hwy 1, Mile Marker 0

After all this, we were worn out!  But Jim, my hero, took all the dirty laundry to the laundry room and washed and dried all the clothes.  What a guy!

Tomorrow we are heading out towards Miami!

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