That Time I Backtracked To Paradise

Date : 1/3/24 — Day 2

Location : Key West, again

Starting Point : MM 10.8

WX Forecast …

Sunrise …

Yesterday I completed 10.8 miles on the OHT — as reported by the FarOut app, plus the mileage to travel from billeting back to the OHT trail.

Finding myself in an unlit no-man’s land, I was faced with the option of camping beside the road or finding a tent friendly campsite.  I say tent I say tent friendly because not all campsites allow tent camping.  I called a few local campsites.  The first, which was highly rated on FarOut didn’t answer their phone and didn’t return my phone call.

Boyd’s, however, answered cheerfully and had a campsite available with no notice!  I’ve got to say the campsite seems to be a little slice of heaven.  Unfortunately, they were six or eight miles behind me, on Key West’s main island.  I had a decision to make.  Should I camp by the roadside, or should I return to Boyd’s?  It was all already pitch black, so setting up a tent would be difficult — My best option would be cowboy camping.  Tossing out my Tyvek tarp, sleeping pad, and sleeping under my down quilt.

I chose Boyd’s — and I’m happy with that decision.  The other campers come from a variety of locations within the United States or across the globe.

As an added bonus, the campsite offers free range roosters and hens to keep the campsites tidy.  I’ll post a picture when one comes into view.

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