Camping and Fun Weather in the Florida Keys

By: Jamiekins , 8:04 PM GMT on February 15, 2010

Well the past weekend spathy & I got out of town in the cold weather for a fun filled weekend in the Florida Keys. We went camping to try out the new camping equipment we got for our summer vacation. It really was a bad time to go do to the weather in the south dropping to low 40s and highs only in the low 60's and winds up to about 35 mph and gusts to 45mph and the rain.

But being the true weather people we had to go out and find out how rough it could be. The tent was being put up in high winds and for the first time and not being able to follow the instruction that cam with the tent because it was raining like heck. We managed to get the tent up and secured and got inside. To our surprise the tent really kept the wind out and the rain.

Once we managed to get the camp set up and ready we started to take off the coats and forgot ( not use to it in South FL ) that the weather was really cold. Got the sleeping bags on the air mattress and thought that we were going to have to sleep in all of our clothes. I was surprised that the sleeping bags were warmer than I thought. It was like sleeping beside a camp fire on how warm they were.

We got through the night nice and warm. According to my blackberry weather it was about 40 degrees that night.

When we woke in the morning we said well that was a good night no wind on us and the rain stayed out of the tent. I think we can handle the entire weekend. Which we did.

Got a lot of good fishing in and thought about renting a boat on Sunday but the winds were to bad for that so we decided to head south and fish off the bridges going down to Key West. We were only 15 mile from Key West and we headed down. Fished off of maybe 5 or 6 bridges on the way. ( Have pole will travel). Every time we crossed a bridge we looked to see if it looked like a good spot to fish.

Well we finally made it to Key West about 3 hrs later and ate lunch. Then headed to Fort Taylor and civil war and WWI & WWII navel fort. Was very disappointed in it compared to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas' But too save the trip there we went fishing off the beach at the fort. Great fishing there. Spathy hooked a few big ones and I hooked a few snappers and a couple of groupers. The wind was still pretty strong off and on but around 5 pm Sunday it finally started to calm down and fishing was better.

We ended the night on the docks of Key West with the beautiful Sunset and all the boats coming in. We decided (Well spathy decided that we had to head back home since it was around 8 pm at this point and we had a 6 hr drive back home. Party Popper )

We finally got back home around 3 am and had to get up for work at 6am. Yes Virgina there is a 6am.

Hope you all enjoy the Photos and the Videos of our survivor
of the South Florida cold spell and remember we survived it camping out in it.

















































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19. aquak9
9:54 PM GMT on March 17, 2010
hi jamie and spathy, I hope ya'll have a safe time tonight, whatever ya'll do.

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18. masshysteria
9:27 PM GMT on March 17, 2010
Hey Jamie!

Hope you're continuing to do well! May you and Spathy have a wonderful St. Patty's Day whether you're Irish or not!

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17. unclemush
6:22 PM GMT on March 17, 2010
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16. Skyepony (Mod)
3:26 AM GMT on February 23, 2010
Great pics.. nice tent. I went south a little to vero & pitched the tent this weekend. It was cold (well not in the tent). Tough year for FL winter camping.
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15. oneshotww
2:54 AM GMT on February 23, 2010
Looks like fun! A bit cold but still nice. Hey, you ever camp at Cayo Costa? We rented one of the cabins for mid May. I guess I need to go buy a sleeping bag but I'm so cheap - what if I hate it and don't ever go again???
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14. Beachfoxx
1:54 AM GMT on February 22, 2010
And a determined WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TIME !
LOL

Yep! We had that determination too! And we had lots of fun, enjoyed the sights and ate some fabulous food! : )
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13. Beachfoxx
1:53 AM GMT on February 22, 2010
Spathy,
I wish I had had a sleeping bag! LOL The first night in the Keys we stayed in this "resort" and had no heat! The wind was howling and it was about 45F outside & not much warmer inside! LOL
You know, I did not take many pics... will down load the couple I did take & post them later tonight or tomorrow.
I am STILL trying to stay warm! hehehehe
Quoting spathy:
Able to camp:

Good tent
Good sleeping bags
Big fire
Good food

And a determined WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TIME !

Dang it

Well here is to warmer trips.

Hope you had fun!

Please post pics.
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11. Beachfoxx
1:26 AM GMT on February 22, 2010
P.S.

I do not know how you were able to camp! Brrrrrrr
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10. Beachfoxx
1:26 AM GMT on February 22, 2010
OMG! We were in the Keys at the same time!
Can you believe it????
Personally, I was cold the entire time I was there!
But it is a beautiful place... wish the weather had been warmer for my first trip to the Keys, but we had fun anyway.
Sadly, we did not fish... we did not have warm enough clothing! LOL
Glad you guys had fun & got the fish too! : )
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7. masshysteria
9:39 PM GMT on February 19, 2010
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6. seflagamma
8:48 PM GMT on February 19, 2010
Oh Wow,
I stopped at Spathy's blog earlier and he did not include pictures, but now I find your blog and I see them.

Like Aqua said, I did not want them to end.
I love the keys and it sounded like a great adventure; wish you had a little more time..
I have no idea how you get home at 3am and go to work at 6am without any sleep! YIKES, I am for sure too old for that.

Thanks for the story and pictures of your adventure!
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5. conchygirl
10:12 PM GMT on February 15, 2010
Hi Guys: Looks like you had a great trip. Think how wonderful it will be in much better weather.

Thanks for sharing!
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4. aquak9
10:08 PM GMT on February 15, 2010
hi you two! oh I did not want the pics the end. Each one I scrolled and looked at, I hoped there'd be another and another. You both look so happy, so relaxed.

Cool cool tent. Ya'll are so lucky, just drop everything and run away fishing. What a life.

Drive a little, fish a little, repeat. Eat a little. I bet ya'll ate good food. sigh...fresh fish.

thank you for sharing a dreamy weekend with me!
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3. surfmom
9:35 PM GMT on February 15, 2010
LUCKY DOGS! -
I have never seen the keyes look SO cold..... nor people wearing so much clothing down there....
hey, it's better then here -- and most places in the USA. Glad you got to RUNAWAY : )
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2. masshysteria
9:29 PM GMT on February 15, 2010
Hi Jamie!

Looks like you two had a great time in spite of it being on the nippy side. Judging by the pics of you, you're looking fit and relaxed. Hope everything is continuing on the up side at long last. Thanks for posting some of the glorious views of Key West!

HAVE A GREAT PRESIDENTS DAY!
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1. unclemush
8:07 PM GMT on February 15, 2010
Nice pictures! I don't have time now to look at everything.Good tent! :)
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