Casey Key FL – part 1

We’re heading out for a week of fishing and relaxing.  I heard about this place from a guy at work and after pulling it up on the internet, it looked interesting.  We did a little checking around for places to stay and after putting in our desired dates…….we had a vacation planned.

Of course before heading out for any Darden vacation, there is lots of planning involved.  While Eric had been working on the boat through the week to get it clean AND we had been laying clothes/food to pack, we still had a few errands Saturday morning.  We stopped at the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market for some fresh produce.  We never get to stop by since it only runs on Saturdays and normally we work that day.  We found some interesting ‘rainbow’ carrots and golden ripe pineapples.



We had breakfast at the Winter Garden Restaurant which serves a traditional southern breakfast.  We haven’t eaten there in probably 8 years.


Eric ordered corn beef hash over hash browns & eggs while I got a waffle with eggs and bacon.

One more stop (I thought) on our way home was to a French bakery in Winter Garden.

But still……………………we had one more stop, for ice.  Can you ever have too much ice?


Finally got back home, hooked up the boat and we were on our way to Casey Key.  It’s  located on the Gulf coast, south of Sarasota and southwest of where we live.


Two and a half hours later, we were pulling into Casey Key.  The rental place we found was Harbor Lights Beach Resort.

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Cute little place, four tiny apartments of which we have the bottom floor, facing the canal where we dock the boat.  The kitchen is non-descript but will suffice.  We joke that the worst the kitchen is, the better that Eric’s meals become.

The street is fairly narrow so luckily the guy renting the apartment to us suggested we launch the boat at a nearby boat ramp before coming to the rental.  Great idea!  I don’t think we could have gotten down the street and been able to turn around.  Eric already knew the trailer would have to be kept elsewhere.  We launched the boat, dropped the trailer in the nearby parking and I drove the truck to the rental.


After unpacking we explored the key, eventually getting back on the main land.  Eric found a tackle store where he wanted to purchase a fishing chart for this area.  Had a quick stop at Publix for a few forgotten items, then we were back at the rental.  Supper was spaghetti with the bread we purchased earlier in the day.


It was still light after eating so we took the boat into the intercoastal waterway for a bit of exploring.  We motored to Robert’s Bay and did some casting, but no bites hit either rod.  We headed home and settled in for the night.

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