We arranged this port excursion outside of Carnival Conquest – Caribbean Cruise. The cruise ship offered a group boat trip out to Stingray City but it didn’t seem as appealing as jet skiing to it.
Haven’t tried fishing from any of the bridges here in the Florida Keys. It’s too windy to take the porta-bote out anyways. We head to No Name Key Bridge… right next to the Old Wooden Bridge Marina where we’ve rented a boat slip for the month. What an exciting day of fishing it was, too! Bill caught a Cero Mackerel and I caught a nicely sized (3-5lb) Black Grouper.
Time to take the Brompton for a 15-mile bicycling loop in the Florida Everglades… specifically, an area called Shark Valley. They also have a tram tour but biking allows to explore the scenery of the Everglades at our own pace.
We headed to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Seeing manatees while snorkeling beside them has been on my bucket list since the beginning of our RV planning. It’s finally here! Inspiration to swim with the manatees came from several sources: Roadtrippers, National Geographic’s story – "When Push Comes to Shove" to the mention in our 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book.
An August 2013 small surf adventure in Oahu, Hawaii. Friends Chris and Terence are with us as we all hitch a ride with the Maita’i Catamaran. Special thanks to Captain Ian. We jump overboard and pick a break to paddle to.