I understand your passion for 'old' Florida as it is more spectacular than most people give it credit for. I see it disappearing too at an alarming rate. I am at the point of being in my last 'season' as a fishing guide because the Keys are FUBAR. I have seen this place change in the last 5 years at an alarming rate into the condo capitol of the world rather than the fishing capitol it once was
. Don't get me wrong, Florida Bay is still beautiful but when the real 'conchs' are moving away because they are taxed out of their homes, it IS time to pack it in too.The first time I came to the Keys was in 1983 and I fell in love with the place, coming back on extended vacations every year until I ended up staying for a 'while'. That was almost 17 years ago. Now I want to get out of South Florida asap, as it built up waaaay too much and filled with people who have no clue about what it once was, or even care. I even have idiots asking me why there are no homes on the islands in Florida Bay which happens to be the Everglades Park!!
Such is the stupidity of people.
Sorry for the rant but it does make me feel better
Rider, I feel your pain man. I first went to the Keys as a kid in the late 50's. Started diving the reefs in the early 70's and still get down with the boat or bike once a year, it sure ain't the same. But, for a ride, we left KW after Poker Run Weekend at O-dark thirty, hit a morning shower right at sunrise comming over Bahia Honda. Mother nature is still lookin awsome down there, best rain I have ever ridin in.