Friday, December 21, 2012

What We've Been Doing

The last few days have been casual, slow going days here.  Kind of like Key West ish…. my kind of days.

We usually keep an eye on the 'list'.  The list has everyone in full hookups and in overflow.  Right now we have about 90 in full hookups and about 50 in dry camping/overflow.  We get to stay 14 days in full hookups (sever, water and 50 amp).  Once our 14 days are up we move from the full hookups to the overflow list.  As people rotate out of full hookups, the top 4 or 5 from overflow take their place.

We've been getting our Christmas shopping done.  Key West has no WalMart but they do have a K Mart and a Sears.  And we can shop online.  We got a temporary mail box here on base and getting packages has been no problem.

Wrapping packages.  We have a few packages for Christmas and have them all wrapped up.  I usually wait until the very last minute and never quite find all of them.  (I can hide things well when I put my mind to it.)  Then a present or two shows up in May or September and we have another Christmas present to open!

Sightseeing.  Some days we wonder around downtown, get some coffee and watch people come and go off the cruise ships that stop 3 or 4 days a week.  We also have checked out a few t-shirt and souvenir shops. And we have ridden the Old Town Trolley around the island a few times.

Bike rides.  I have ridden my bike around the island about half a dozen times.  It is about 12+ miles and a perfect ride for me.  I love it and it is one of my favorite rides anywhere.  I go from the base, by the wharf, Mallory Square, Southernmost Point, Higgs Beach, Smathers Beach, the airport, A1A, and back to the base.  Takes me about 90 minutes on a leisurely pace.

Work.  Yes - I have mentioned this alot, but I so appreciate the fact that I can do some 'work for pay' work 30+ hours a month.  A few hundred bucks a month helps.  It you are retired on a fixed income, you know what I mean.

Work out.  We love to go to the base Fitness Center at Boca Chica NAS.  It has great equipment including spinning cycles, weight stations and a gym.  Unfortunately, it is now closed about 10 days for repairs.

Meeting folks.  We've met quite a few of our neighbors as we have moved from 'the Rockpile', to overflow and are now in our 'Hollywood' camp site.  We have probably met and talked with a dozen people since we have been here.  No doubt about it - everyone has a story.

Cleaning the Roadrunner.  With guests arriving (Kelly and Jonathan) we have been cleaning.  My favorite is the outside so, I have cleaned it (with water only) and polished the aluminum wheels.  Today's task is to polish the whole cherrywood interior.

We still have yet to go out to dinner and see the sunset at Mallory Square.  But later on today, Kelly and Jonathan arrive and we figure we will do a number of touristy things and eat out a few times.

So - as Christmas approaches, I hope you and yours are enjoying time with family and friends.

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Until next time...

5 comments:

  1. Good to hear how you are doing, Randy. Yes, I too do that part time retirement work thing and those extra dollars make a big difference. I didn't know cruise ships came to Key West, I don't remember seeing any when we were there. I enjoy seeing your bike rides show up on facebook.

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  2. I'll bet you pinch yourself periodically to be sure you're not dreaming :) We have the Keys on our list for next year and I can hardly wait!

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  3. Great re-cap on what you've been up too lately, Randy. It sure sounds like an idyllic lifestyle down there on the Keys.

    Great to hear Kelly is coming down for Christmas - should be a lot of fun.

    Merry Christmas to you and Pam and all of your family.

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  4. Merry Christmas, Randy and Pam. It's great to get to tag along with you guys this way. Hey, did you get to see the pics of the Snowy Owl roosting on top of our condo at St Simon's? Ross & Barbara

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  5. Merry Christmas, Randy and Pam. It's great to get to tag along with you guys this way. Hey, did you get to see the pics of the Snowy Owl roosting on top of our condo at St Simon's? Ross & Barbara

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