Ha! You were probably in the Keys at the same time we were if it was super windy!
If you remember passing two GS/GSA's then that was us! If we didn't wave, it was because only about 5% of riders in Florida ever waved and we were getting disenchanted with not having our gesture reciprocated.
I agreed with your assessment, the Keys were kind of a letdown until we got to the very end of Key West. It was super fun however riding on a road that was only a few feet from the water!!
We never got to see the wildlife and alligators you saw, so we'll probably have to head down that way again.