Fun with Friends

Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Curry Hammock State Park

Flag of United States  , Florida
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Staying in an area has given us the opportunity to connect with more friends and do more things.  Three of the four State Parks we are staying at for February and March of this year are within a half hour of each other making for easy connecting with "on the road, RV friends".

As Andy continues to learn the fishing secrets of each bay, cove and inlet for each area we continue to enjoy meals of Mullet from Fort DeSoto.  One of our favorites is to make a sort of individual pizza using a 7 inch soy based tortilla as the crust.   Smear the tortilla with pesto, cover with lots of chopped fresh spinach, sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh sliced sweet onions (good to add your favorites hearts, peppers, olives etc) and bake at a high temperature like 425 degrees till edges are browning, 8-10 minutes.   Remove from oven and place fresh sliced tomatoes and Blackened Pecan crusted Mullet fillets on one side.  Fold over into a quesadilla sort of thing and enjoy with or without forks.  YUM!

Andy has been using our back pack as a fishing pack and it finally has been traded out for an actual pack made for fishing.  The zippers of his old pack have been replaced with safety pins and large rubber bands keep most things in place.  When he packs it for a day of fishing it bulges at the seams with mono filament and bobbers peeking out at every curve.  I jumped ahead in time and gave Andy a fishing pack from Cabellas for an early birthday gift.  It was well received!!!

Jeanine and Mike met us at Bahia Honda and we all went to lunch at the "No Name Pub" on big Pine Key.   We have heard about this pub from Dick and Dolly and were needing to experience it ourselves.  It is hard to find and it is a hole in the wall but has the fame of the walls and ceiling being covered and I mean covered with dollar bills!!  There is layer upon layer of dollar bills.  I have heard the estimated amount decorating the walls and ceiling run into the hundreds of thousands.  But whether it is $30 thousand or $300 thousand it certainly makes its statement!!

We met up with Jeanine and Mike and Dick and Dolly here at Curry Hammock.  What fun to have all six [three couples] of us in the park together.  The weather remains sunny, chilly and windy.  Not great for sunning on the beach or swimming, but very accommodating for biking long distances without a problem.  Eating is always a preferred activity especially when it is chilly so we decided to meet at Mike and Jeanine's RV "Beaver" and make a dinner of it!   A knock on our door while getting our part together for the 'pot luck' had Grace and Henry in our group once again.  Now there are 8!!  Mike and Jeanine, always the 'hosts with the mosts' invited the Zomers over without hearing any excuses.  We knew there would be more than ample dinner to include two more. 

Jeanine's fabulous baked potatoes were the perfect complement to my chicken and mushrooms, Dick's BBQ'd Tilapia with diced tomatoes was a huge hit and a spinach salad with blue cheese, walnuts and a grapefruit dressing tasted great with it all as we got in our ever needed greens!  Dolly started us off with a platter of goodies to get our appetites going and finished us up with a terrific fresh fruit salad.  Grace and Henry arrived with a huge bottle of excellent Australian wine.  The evening had lively talks about Health Care and gun control mixed with life stories that were entertaining as well as educational.   A great evening had by all.

Dick and Dolly, Grace and Henry moved on to their next park while Jeanine and Mike stayed at Curry along with Crazy Fish.  Jeanine and I did the 6.6 mile ride to Crane Point and wondered at the beauty of the point itself and the dedication needed to keep the Bird Rescue Habitat  program going for all these years.  We were mesmerized by the Pelicans and Cormorants with their endless energy and boundless antics.  A one winged Pelican continually courted a female the entire time we were there!  Others were pushing each other into the pool to get their chance to swim, while others sat and gently swung on the rope swing set up over the pool.  Another Pelican found his/her favorite spot and therefore a coveted spot by others, in an old flower pot.  He/she had to defend it as others tried to hone in.  It must feel good to be sunk down low in your own flower pot!  I must try it some day.

We signed up with Jeanine and Mike to do the Kayak tour with Ranger Lance once again so we could enjoy this great island tour with friends.  The winds were strong and there was quite a nip in the air.  Lance managed to guide us to a quiet spot near Deer Island where we could rest and listen to his knowledge.  Continuing on into the mangroves we paddled completely around Curry Hammock.  The last leg had us paddling against some strong winds once again.  Iguanas were not out that day!  They know to hang low, stay in the sun and  out of the wind!
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