Where did the month go? Can you believe we are already in February. January saw us take a quick trip down to Key West. As I mentioned in my previous blog, Amy came home after 27 months away and Daniel came with her. What I did not know when writing last months blog that they would get engaged. We are very happy for both of them.
We wanted to show him as much as we could. 30 days jam packed with activities. Well not quite, Richard and I had to go back to work, but they did manage to pack a fair bit in themselves. Fortunately Amy had a car to use to do this.
Back to Key West. For most of you, you will not know that I have had 4 years of foot surgery, so heading to Key West my goal was to book accommodation as close as possible to where we needed to go, and fortunately I was able to do that. One block from the sunset cruise and one block from Duval Street. This is really only my second real walking adventure since August. That said I have recovered a lot better this time around than I did last year.
How much can you fit into an overnight trip to Key West. Driving down through the middle Keys, Marathon, Big Pine, Pidgeon Island, Bahia Honda was saddening. There is still so much damage to clear up post the hurricane of 2017. Mounds of litter lines the edge of the roads. In some places destroyed RV’s are piled up. Land that we knew had buildings are were now cleared and the state parks that we visit so often look like they have a lot of work to be done. Long Key State Park had sand dunes in each campsite and Bahia Honda looks like it lost all it’s beach campsites. Wow, it takes your breath away.
Key West, however, is up and running again. This was a first for Daniel and we wanted him to experience all the activity that goes on down there. However, apparently there was a specific sports game on TV and so we headed out to a local hangout to watch sports. Well three of them did and I people watched.
I had booked a sunset cruise so we all headed back to the accommodation to pick up what we needed and grab a jacket before heading down to check in. We use Seabago Sport and we have done both the catamaran and the schooner trips and enjoyed each cruise we have taken. We have never done one in January though and it was a little chilly. Beer does not keep you warm either, lol.
After the sunset cruise we headed down Duval Street to find dinner and when that was completed we walked a short distance before Richard and I did a detour and headed back to the accommodation. Amy and Daniel headed out to explore.
The next morning 2 of us slept late (it was not Richard and I) and so Richard and I headed out walking into town while Amy & Daniel were sleeping. I detoured into a shop and promptly lost Richard. I explored a bit myself taking in the sights down by the harbor and the library, before heading back to the accommodation. The weather was pretty yucky and at times I felt rain. I had visions of having to hide out with my camera if the rain came down.
Finally the kids got moving and we did a bit of exploring around town before heading back home. We also headed to the beach where we had unintentionally swum with a shark. The pier had been closed off so we headed off along the beachfront to another pier. Of course, if you go all the way to the Keys you cannot miss the famous landmark, the Southernmost Point. Ironically, this is the first time I have seen people line up to have there photo’s taken.
How do you just pick 10 images? I took so many. This is just a snippet of the time we had down there. It’s a fair distance to go for an overnight stay but it was worth it.
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Congrats on your daughter’s engagement!! I love seeing your Florida pictures every month. You know, even though I grew up in Florida, I have never actually been to the Keys. One of these days, I will have to make that happen!! Can’t wait to see your 10 next month, too!!
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Thank you Lexie – Definitely try to get to the Keys. I love Key West. So much to see.
Looks like a wonderful whistle stop tour, Sharleen! A beautiful collection of images. Thank you for sharing them with us!
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Thank you Ceri – It definitely was fast.
These are so pretty! It looks like such a lovely time in spite of threatening weather. I love the clouds in the sunsets!
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Thanks so much Janeen