OK, Your Survival Guy just got back from a Key West summer camp in March, and it was awesome. Look, it’s been a crazy couple of years for all of us with this Covid debacle, and we all need to step back and ask, “what the heck just happened?” We all need a break. I hope you’re with me. But vacations can be a tricky thing, especially if you’re not the only one taking one or have a full schedule. It’s why one day during our trip, I referred to it as summer camp.
But first, my idea of a perfect Key West day starts by getting up without an alarm. That’s followed by walking barefoot to the kitchen for a cup of joe, reading the headlines, then shuffling down to Date and Thyme for a coconut latte and a breakfast wrap. Then do nothing until noon-thirty, before heading to the Thirsty Mermaid for stone crab claws, oysters, and beer or Louie’s Backyard for a bloody and a smash burger. Follow that with an afternoon siesta, a swim, get ready for dinner, and be sipping a cocktail by six at Antonia’s.
Now, my idea of summer camp is still pretty good, but I’m not sure better than a perfect KW day. Because with summer camp, Your Survival Guy is up at 6 am, on the water by 7:00 or 7:30 am, fishing well into the afternoon, and almost too exhausted for dinner (That’s almost. Trust me, I’m never late to dinner.) or play 18-holes and take casting lessons at 4 pm. Hey, it’s a lot, but someone’s gotta do it. I hope it’s you.
We all need a vacation, especially right now. The toll from this medical tyranny is weighing on you. I get it. It’s time to clear your head, rub your eyes, shake it off and get moving to your happy place. It takes some planning, but you have to do it. We’re not getting any younger. Not only will your grandkids be a year older this time next year, but so will you.
With that said, you’re not going to be alone. Literally. Folks are moving about the country. Maybe figure out a place where you can jump around to if the crowds are too crazy at one particular harbor.
Action Line: Yes, you want to spend time with family. But you can’t forget about you. You need time to take care of yourself. Your family will thank you. Let’s do this. I’m here to help. Stick with Your Survival Guy here. And if you want to talk, you know how to reach me.
P.S. Deep Sea Fishing on the Double Down with Captain Barr and Shawn.
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