Sunday March 25 we drove to Ramstein as we saw on the Ramstein Passenger Terminal Facebook site that there were two planes scheduled for BWI (Baltimore Washington International Airport) on Monday and Tuesday. We registered for the early Monday morning flight the evening we arrived and stayed in billeting on base to spend the night. At 6 a.m we were at the terminal and the sergeant told us we had a good chance as there were 178 seats available. Our names were called and all who were waiting for this flight were able to get on board. It was a Boeing 747 quit a large plane. We paid $ 58!!!!!!...... and got on the plane. Very good flight and we arrived at BWI in the afternoon. We reserved a hotel room and were picked up by the hotel shuttle bus. As nothing was sure when and where we would end up, I couldn’t make reservations for a rental car through my travel agency in Holland. Now I was able to call the agency to tell her that we were at BWI and she could finish making the reservation for the next day.
Stayed with Leroy's family in SC for a week as we always do, packed our tent gear and hit the road. We decided to drive to Florida. We had Patrick AFB in mind and Key West.
Patrick AFB is south of Cocoa Beach and on a barrier island. It is separated by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Banana River to the west. The campground is situated on the Banana River with beautiful views and sunset. We stayed 4 nights.
This is Robert.
We began our 127 miles (205 km) island hop to KeyWest. The first island is Key Largo, followed by Islamorado. Marathon, known as the Heart of the Keys, is a small town in the middle of the islands. They say, be sure to stop at the Wal-Mart or Home Depot for anything you forgot because you won't get another chance while you're in the Keys !
Then came the seven miles bridge with a spectacular view. On one side the Atlantic Ocean and on the other the Gulf of Mexico. After Marathon comes a chain of small islands known as the Lower Keys. Then at the very southernmost Key is Key West. It was a wonderful drive and it took about two hours when we arrived at Sigsbee Park, the Navy station which will be our next four days stop.
Sigsbee is a small island and connected by Sigsbee Road to Key West. The campground is situated on the Gulf of Mexico. The camp host showed us around to choose our tent site. there were sites right on the water or in a wooded area. We choose for one near the water to see the beautiful sunsets in the evening. Also here a good breeze. The camp host wife told us that one time there was a storm and a tent with two people in it, got loose and flew into the water. Her husband and others had to go into the water to rescue them out the tent. I didn't like to hear that story and sure in the world that night the wind picked up again and I couldn't sleep, thinking of that story. Even went into the car one time as the tent was bending down often and the fluttering of the fabric made you not sleep at all. The car was not a good place to sleep either so went back to the tent where I finally fell into a light sleep....
We went to the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon. It was a nice place to learn more about dolphins. Dolphins are fascinating, intelligent and highly social animals. I love how they “talk".
A day at the where I met Nancy Forrester who took part in the Butterfly event for children that day. She provides a small re-homing sanctuary for unwanted parrots at her home and that day she had brought some parrots over to the garden. She also has a garden; it’s called Nancy Forrester Secret Garden.
We spent the night at Patrick AFB and enjoyed our last beautiful sunset on the Banana River, before driving back to SC the next day.
Before leaving SC I met Joni and Mandy for a fun Zentangle afternoon.