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Trip Report Thanksgiving in the Keys

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So how about nine family members including a two year old spending nine days together for Thanksgiving in the Florida Keys? Only one real fuss! It was for sure a balmy break for DW and self from Boston and also our three children and their spouses plus the DGD (2 year old). We rented a spacious house on Cudjoe Key with a pool. Seems most properties rent by the month but our DS searched this one out on 9th Avenue. As with others the back "yard" is a canal. Everyone has a boat tied up. The area is really a mangrove swamp with water all around. Quite a few properties for sale we noted on our walks. Some houses needing repairs, a fair number boarded up. Maybe owners will come later. Seems the owners by and large can't sell at the necessary price.

Anyway we celebrated a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Several family members arrived or left at various times but all on hand for the feast plus some trips into Key West. One couple took in a glass bottom boat tour en route at Key Largo. DW and I with two others flew early Boston flight to Ft. Lauderdale via Raleigh and met DD who lives in Florida and then rented a Dodge Caravan. Needed the storage space with luggage and with stroller etc. Delay in finding U. S. 1 heading south and then in trying to get cash from an ATM. Landlord needed $700 in cash for the extra days (maybe had prior problems). So Bank America ATM wouldn't let me withdraw $700, nor $500, nor even $200, so I phoned a number for clearance. Anyone else have problems with ATMs when traveling, not overseas but in another state? I kind of like the security aspect I guess.

Several trips into Key West about 20 miles away for groceries and later sightseeing. Took us awhile the rest of the days to finish the left over turkey and the birthday cakes...accidentally ordering two decorated but that was okay since we had two birthdays anyway. Several in laws wanted to fix the Thanksgiving dinner without help what was fine with the rest of us. During the week we did pitch in to do the cooking and cleaning up. And we did find some tasty meals in restaurants during the week in Key West even while finishing up the turkey. This was our first time to the Keys though several family members had been here before. Shedding winter clothes for shorts is great, right? And in Key West anyone dresses any old way.
(more later about Key West eating and touring)

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