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Published: December 5th 2009
Time for a Thanksgiving trip, and this time we did it not only in our country, but even in our own state! Last Thanksgiving, daddy had to go to Buenos Aires for business, and the 2 previous ones, he took me to Costa Rica and Honduras, so we decided to stay close to home, especially since we have a trip planned to Nicaragua in less than 6 weeks.
So we took off Thursday morning and we headed south to the Keys. We drove for a little more than 2 hours and arrived at our campsite at mile marker 20 (0 is in Key West). It was the southernmost KOA camp site in the USA, and was on Sugarloaf Key. I hadn't been camping in a tent with Daddy since Norway this summer, and I really love sleeping in a tent. Daddy set up the tent right near a playground, and then we got in the car and drove to Key West.
In Key West, we took pictures at the Southernmost Point in the United States. I had a lot of fun taking pictures there and around the monument. I made a lot of people laugh. We then walked around
Duval street and ate at a restaurant to have conch fritters, fish and calamari. Daddy bought me a necklace and then we headed back to the campsite to have Thanksgiving dinner. At the campsite, we ate Turkey, stuffing and lots of other food. When daddy asked me what I am thankful for I said "I am thankful for me". I later added that I was thankful for my family and friends. We then went back to the tent/playground and I played with other kids while daddy had some wine and talked to others. I had a lot of fun playing with a light that was strapped to my head. It was then time to go to the tent, and we watched a movie. It was very windy, but daddy's new tent did great.
The next morning, we woke up and headed for the pool. The campsite had a nice jacuzzi and a pool. I played with daddy for a while in the Jacuzzi, but then a really nice family from Denmark that I met the night before, came to the pool and I played with the 6 year old daughter. She did not speak English, but that did not
matter, as we communicated in our own language and had a lot of fun. We then played in the playground until it was time to leave the campsite and meet our friends in Islamorada.
We drove less than an hour to Islamorada. Here we met my good friend and neighbor Luna and her parents Sean and Carmen. Carmen's dad has a nice house on the island that he shares with his relatives and we were able to use it this weekend. Besides daddy and me, Carmen and Sean invited 3 other couples that had a bunch of kids my age, plus one nanny. It was definittely a full house, but tons of fun. We first met at a famous Tiki bar where there was a HUGE shark that was hanging...it wasn't real though and I climbed on it, and fed the birds that were flying around it. We then drove to the house. There was a lot of things to play with and movies to watch and the adults barbecued some really good food and drank a lot of wine from Daddy's collection. Everybody got along great.
The next day we went to the beach. It was so
Sofia, Dont eat the fish!
The fish is for the bigger fish
much fun. There was no one else on the beach except for all of us. We made sand castles, played frisbee, ate hot dogs, and ran around in the water. So much fun. After a few hours, I was really tired and daddy took me back to the house. The others followed shortly after and the kids were back to playing while the adults were back to the BBQ and drinking wine.
The last morning, we woke up and headed home. On the way home we stopped off at a place to feed the Tarpins. These were HUGE fish. We bought little fish to feed them. It was difficult to keep the pelicans away, but Sean helped by spraying them with water. I had fun throwing the fish and pretending that I would eat it.
It was a great Thanksgiving weekend!!! I look forward to our next trip in 6 weeks to Nicaragua!!!
ADDENDUM: just 1 month after Thanksgiving trip, daddy and I went back to the keys to visit daddy's cousin Jenny, her boyfriend Jamie and his parents. They had rented a place in Marathon. Jamie plays professional baseball in Japan after playing a little in
the Majors and is really into fishing....he and his dad just arrived from a morning fishing trip when we arrived, and they caught a fish that was longer than me!!! We went out for a great lunch on the beach, went on their boat and relaxed while daddy shared one of his bottles of wine from Italy. I especially loved their little dog...a pug. We just spent 1/2 day with them but it was a lot of fun.
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