Key West and Everglades
13 Jan – Dan and I wanted to go and explore the Florida keys (which is a 5 hour drive away) in one day. Well to make a long story short we were not able to do that so we had to book into a motel 2am in the morning as we still had 2 hours drive ahead of us in order to get back home. We did not plan for this stopover so we had nothing. The motel we stayed at (Comfort inn in Florida city) gave us already toothpasted toothbrushes. We slept really well and had a great breakfast which was included in the rates. Anyway back to our ‘day trip’. We stopped along the way at interesting shops selling some great shell gimics.
The drive to Key west (which is the last key of the Florida keys, the southern most point on the continental USA, and only 90miles from Cuba) is beautiful. All the keys are connected by bridges crossing the blue ocean water.
We arrived in Key west at around 2pm and started wondering around. It is a really cute tourist destination and has heaps of great shops.
Our first stop was at the market where Dan bought a Key Lime pie slice as Key west is famous for these. .
It is kind of like a lemon meringue but with lime instead of lemon. One of my highlights of Key west is that their taxis are pink, cool hey!
Duval street is the street were you find all types of shops, bars and restaurants including art galleries and cabaret shows. Dan and I have a new appreciation for art as we were shown what affect lighting has on some paintings. I just have to add that Dan went into every single shop on this very very long street which resulted in us leaving at only 11pm.
At sunset they have entertainment and markets as Key west is also famous for its beautiful sunsets, which we did not see as it was overcast.
Before we left Dan also went and walked around the house of the famous author
Here we went on an airboat ride through the everglades looking at alligators and turtles. During this ride the driver takes you on a fun ride where he speeds up and makes 360o turns. The people sitting in the front seat gets the wettest so that is obviously where Dan made us sit. Everyone in the front row were youngsters, with the exception of Dan off course, as we were the only ones brave enough to take on the water. The weather has improved significantly and it was 21oC / 70oF today, we actually wore T-shirts. Whoohoo!!!
At the farm we also watched a snake show, alligator show and alligator feeding show. Dan also held a baby alligator which was slimy and cold.
On the way back we drove through Miami and I spotted a rather strange sign, please see photo attached. We also bought some cupcakes for dessert as Dean ‘made’ a bought dinner ;-).
15 Jan – Today Dan and I laid at the pool, which is at the apartments we are staying at, as it is a beautiful sunny day today. Dan was seriously white before we laid in the sun, and he is still seriously white, where I on the other hand have a little bit of a tan line going.
We went to watch the movie Sherlock Holmes tonight but only managed to catch the 10:55pm show as we went for a beach run at 7pm tonight. It was a very nice humid run, but a lot of hard work as we ran in the loose sand. The houses along the beachfront are amazing and very big.
Tonight was our last night at Dean and Audrey’s place. We had so much fun in this part of Florida and it is really an awesome lifestyle. Thank you so much you guys for hosting us and making our visit a great one. We owe you big time! O and thanks to Jessie (their teddy bear dog) for licking the sweat off Dan’s legs after his run :-)