Hello from Big Pine Key

We spent our first few days diving in gin-clear water. You know you’re a Floridian when 81-degree water is cold. We tried to tell ourselves it was “refreshing.” 
The stonecrabbing was surprisingly good. A feast!
Stone crabs > lobster. Every evening we ride bikes to Old Wooden Bridge to watch the sunset. And say hello to my key deer friends.They’re so darn cute.I wanted a picture. The deer wanted a snack. I don’t feed the deer, so it ate my hair. Now I have bangs. The end. This mockingbird was ready to dive-bomb my head while I admired her nest.There’s a barracuda lurking around the dock. Nurse sharks, too. And we’ve seen a couple seahorses!It got a little windy but the guys still went fishing. Yellowtail.
Mutton snapper.We had a fish fry with our Big Pine Key friends. We fried up some of each fish they caught: grouper, yellowtail, and mutton snapper. There were some salads I think. Hush puppies and cheese grits for the win. Now it’s really windy and a good time to hang out in Key West. I’ll send you another dispatch soon.







8 Comments Hello from Big Pine Key

  1. Julie May 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Looks like good times and good eatin’!

    1. suwanneerose May 4, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      It sure is, Julie!

  2. Evangelia May 4, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    What an amazing get away….it looks so peaceful. Those claws are huge and quite a nice catch of fish too! So good to see the sea life and deer are fairing better now. Enjoy your paradise.

    1. suwanneerose May 4, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      I’m so amazed by all the deer. How this many survived, I have no idea. And the sea life is thriving! We did collect some plastic debris from the water, including an entire package of Swiffers. All in all, this place seems to be recovering quite well. See you back in Tampa soon. 🙂

  3. Misti May 7, 2018 at 9:55 am

    “Stone crabs > lobster”

    Hands down, yes!!!

    Mmm, you are making me miss living an hour from the Keys. I still forget that sometimes.

    1. suwanneerose May 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      It’s one of the best feelings I know, after driving for hours and finally crossing the Card Sound bridge and getting that first glimpse of turquoise Keys water. If I was only one hour away my parents would never get rid of me.

  4. Nicole May 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I love this post! What lovely ways to spend your days in Big Pine Key. And that fried fish!
    P.S. how are you liking your new bangs?

    1. suwanneerose May 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! It’s my favorite place in the world. Unfortunately, bangs are not a good look for me! 😂


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