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The two RV Gypsies in Key Largo, Florida
November 24, 2017

USA map showing locaion of Florida
map showing location of Key Largo,  Florida

First, they ate breakfast at Evelyn's Restaurant
103360 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
'305.451.1691

Breakfast was good

Evelyn's Restaurant in Kay Largo, FL

mermaid on the restaurant window

After Kayaking, they ate lunch at
JimmyJohnson's Big Chill
104000 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
'305.453.9066

Big Chill restaurant sign Lee Duquette at Big Chill

poster inside Big Chill

Lunch was good, as was the service. And from the outside patio behind the restaurant, the scenery was beautiful.

scenery from the outside patio

scenery from the outside patio

Everyone got to watch some unexpected entertainment while dining.

3 people on a parasail cool entertainment

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, Florida 33037

'305.451.6300 for more information

"The first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling.

Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding through the park's waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available without cost.

Free 24 hour WI-FI at Concession Building and Dive Shop Building."

Above quote from http://pennekamppark.com/

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park sign

The two RV Gypsies did some kayaking with family.

John's selfie with the two RV Gypsies in the background.

view of John Pennekamp waterways

Everyone saw two really big iguana, and John took two photos of one of the iguanas.

big iguana

iguana hissing at the two RV Gypsies

"One of the most famous residents of Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the Christ of the Abyss, located near Dry Rocks. The 8 12-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ weighs 4,000 pounds and sits in nearly 25 feet of water. It is a popular site for scuba divers and snorkelers. The statue is located at latitude 25.124582 and longitude -80.297811.

The statue is a third casting of Il Cristo Degli Abissi in the Mediterranean Sea near Genoa, Italy, which was placed there in 1954. The Christ of the Abyss was donated to the Underwater Society of America in 1961 by Italian scuba entrepreneur Egidio Cressi and placed in its current location in 1965. In their current positions, the two statues face each other." Quote from http://pennekamppark.com/

FLASHBACK to 1985 = Lee Duquette snorkeling by the statue

Lee Duquette 1985 snorkeling

Lee Duquette and the Christ of the Abyss

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