As my mom and her friend, Dolores, were traveling down from Chicago (driving and sightseeing, rather than flying), they hatched a plan to extend their stay in Florida beyond the 1 week at my mom’s condo. Dolores’ son has a vacation home in the Keys that just so happened to be available the week after Thanksgiving, so they called me one night asking if I’d like to stay an extra week and come down to the Keys with them. Hmm, no thinking required for that answer…of course I would!
So after Mom got in her mandatory 4am Black Friday shopping spree, we left Naples on Saturday to head to Big Pine Key (28 miles from Key West). Dolores had carefully checked with her son to make sure RV parking was o.k. (it was) and, of course, if dog swimming was allowed (yep, that too!).
While Mom and Dolores enjoyed the vacation home, Millie and I were delighted with our fabulous RV spot:
Looking out the skylight window at coconuts!
But the best part of the house was around back—the patio with a swim ladder to the crystal clear warm waters leading out to the gulf and ocean. Great for launching my kayak, and for Millie to swim!
We were a little worried if Millie would learn how to climb the ladder to get out of the water (the water was about 15 feet deep). So I kept her on her leash for the first day’s swim, but she mastered the ladder in no time and had a blast!