April 1st, arrived in Naples on Sunday and spending time with family. Naples is a beautiful area. Lots of green and the beaches are so white. There is a famous pier that was built in 1888. It has been repaired four times. The first was due to a fire and other three were due to hurricanes, but it is still usable. A lot of people do fishing there and you don't have to have a fishing license to fish. There was a dolphin playing around the pier and stayed in one place for quite a while. Did see a couple of people catch fish, not sure what they were. Having a great time in Naples, a lot of good places to eat. Today went to 5th avenue and did a lot of window shopping. Very unusual pieces of art and clothing. Looked at a pair of sandals that cost 150.00, yeah 150.00. I told Bill that I was having everything I bought shipped home for next years wardrobe. Ha!Ha!Ha! We are going to Marco Island tonight to a place called Tiki Hut for dinner and drinks.
April 2nd, had a great time with my niece and sister. Walt, my brother who is a truck driver in Ohio, got a run to Sarasota Fl so we drove from Naples to Sarasota to have dinner with him. We got into Naples on the 30th of March and was able to visit for 3 days. Naples is really beautiful.
April 4th, we have now worked our way from Naples to Florida City where we will spend the night at Walmart. Tomorrow we will travel to Key Largo which is 26 miles and bury our first plaque. The plaque reads "Sandy&Bill Jacques USA Tour 2008. Plan to bury one in each corner of the U.S. From Key Largo we continue on to Key West, where we have 2 weeks of sun, fun, and good time.
April 5th, arrived in Key Largo and buried our first plaque. We had to find a place that we were not noticed. Didn't want the police asking what are we burying or someone else to see us and then go dig it up. I think we are pretty safe. After that we drove to Key West and checked into the Boyd Campground. Water front, really nice. They have a nice pool and play steel drum music reminds me of the caribbean. Went to Duval Street on Saturday night. Went to the famous Mallory Square to watch the sunset and see all the different entertainment and artists showing their wares. Met a couple from New Zealand, Kevin, Ruth, and their 2yr old son Sam. We became friends and we are going to stay in touch through e-mail and if we ever get to New Zealand they will show us around. It was interesting to hear about their country. They live in Aukland but prefer to live in the country side, in the smaller towns where everyone know each other and they say they don't have to lock their doors at night. I don't think we will see that again. They were going to visit Las Vegas on their travels so we pointed out some free things they could do.
April 14th, having a great time in Key West, we rented a tandum bike last thursday and rode around the island. Found a few beaches that were nice. Go to the sunset pier about every night. There are street vendors, different acts like jugglers, dog act, and a cat act. The pier is the happening place here. Today we went on a boat tour which lasted all day. It was Danger Tours, highly recommend it, on a sail boat out to the back country.Once we left the dock area they let me hoist the first sail, and on the way back the captain let me drive the boat a little. Went snorkeling and kayaking. Saw sand sharks, barracuda and many colorful fish. They served us lunch with beer and wine. The crew were a lot of fun. After lunch we travel even farther to an island and we kayaked around the island and in some outlets which only a kayak or canoe can get to. We learned how the islands were formed and the wildlife that inhabit there. Our guide picked up two horseshoe crabs, one small and one large. They have no claws but a lot of feet and she turned them over to show us the underneath. Their legs do not have claws so you could touch them. We also got to hold a jelly fish(don't remember the name) but it is the kind you can pick up. I held one, it was pretty cool. There was a couple on the boat from Maine. They have a photography business and their business card is a temporary tattoo, so everyone got a tattoo. Bill got his on his head. They took a lot of pictures so when I get some I will put them on the website.
April 15th, there is a cold front from the north which made it very cool, and we went to Sloppy Joe's for a sandwich and a beer. Everyone around was wearing long pants and jackets. It was also windy which makes it even cooler. It is still paradise here.
April 25th, on our way up the east coast on Hwy 1 and Hwy A1A. There is beach all along, I am parked along the road waiting for Bill to catch up. You can hear the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. We will be stopping and spending the night in Melbourne, Fl.
April 27th Sunday, Got into Orlando, Fl. and staying in an RV Park in Kissimmee named Mill Creek. Visiting with Bill's aunt Phyllis, and his cousins, Ann, Joe, John and Ann's daughter Ally. We visited Universal's City Walk. There are shops and restaurants. Many unique shops and great food. Universal Studios built another amusement park so in between the original and the new one they built City Walk.
Tuesday, April 29th, my birthday we met Phyllis and Joe at Disney Downtown. We had dinner and drinks and walk around looking at everything. They have a lago shop there and a display outside of a family, father, mother, son, with two dogs, and daughter with a cell phone talking. There are nightclubs there also, but don't open up until 11pm. One of them is a 70's with disco music and lights. Had a great couple of days with family.