Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Florida Keys

Our friends Jesse and Peggy are visiting from Alabama, so we all decided to take a trip to the keys.  Booking a room in the Keys in "the season" at the last minute is no small task.  We rummaged through lists of rooms that started at $300 a night, hoping to find a hotel that had two rooms left.  We finally went to in in hopes we could find a home or apartment that would accommodate both couples.  While we didn't find something right in Key West, we were able to find a mobile home on Summerland Key just off the highway with two bedrooms and one and a half baths for just $150 a night.  We are all pretty flexible, so we decided to book it.
We headed out early and were ahead of schedule when we were about half way down the Keys, so we took a break and stopped at a beautiful State Park.  The sea grape leaves are gorgeous, and the park sits on a portion of the water where a ship wreck provides snorkeling.
While it was tempting to change into our suits and take a dip, we decided to wait until we reached our destination, that promised to be right on the water.
We did take time to walk around the park and the gift shop and take a few pictures of the cannons that had been retrieved from Spanish ship wrecks.
Jesse thought the cannon provided a photo op, in spite of Peggy's objections.
Stopped again for lunch,
Ron and I both got the blackened Mahi Mahi with Feta cheese, fresh salsa, and on a bed of rice and beans.  Excellent!

 Took a side trip onto No Name Key where the Key deer hang out looking for handouts. 
2:00 p.m. - check in time at our rental - that's when we found road construction blocking our path to the house.  After a short wait, we were able to continue to the end of the road to our house.
While a bit funky on the outside, we found it to be clean,
comfortable, even cozy, inside.
And outside, we found a BBQ grill, fire pit, lots of chairs, a rowboat, canoe, and water on three sides.
We watched a male and female iguana on the rocks along the edge of the water.  Boats in the bay, pelicans, the causeway in the distance - and we're only about 20 miles from Key West.  Heading out for an evening of music and hanging out soon!