Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Key Largo

Four days in Key Largo was not enough. Chris and I flew to Ft. Lauderdale last Friday, met Chris' family at the airport and drove to a rented townhome in Key Largo. We had lots of sunshine, even though the winds intensified by Tuesday when we left. Most mornings we crowded the pool, slathered with varying degrees of sunscreen, depending on the previous day's burn. Chris rented a jet-ski one afternoon and toted Katie, Hannah (the awesome Korean foreign exchange student staying with Mike and Rhonda) and me out around the key and among the fishing boats, crab traps and diving buoys.

Sunday we boarded a mid-sized boat to snorkel through the coral reefs, but the winds gusted the waves so high that our guide nixed the excursion. Instead, we boated to the mangrove canals and snorkeled a bit there, but besides a stingray and small fish, we didn't see much of interest. On the ride there and back, we were pounded with waves - Hannah closed herself into one of the storage bins on the return trip to avoid the sloshes of salt water. Rhonda, who never even intended to go in the water, remarked sarcastically as she wrung her clothes out, "The sea wind in my face, salt spray on my skin - what more can I want from a vacation?"

On Monday, we drove down the keys to Key West, the southernmost island. We walked around, shopped a bit and pointed out all the roosters infesting the area. That night, Mike and Rhonda prepared an incredible meal of stone crab and shrimp they bought at a pier that morning. We didn't have anything to crack the crab, so we had to smash them with the handles of dinner knives - for a while, all you could hear was the tap of metal on shards of crab.

Townhome Hot Tub Grotto and Pool
Snorkeling Trip
Key West Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.
Final Dinner


Blogger The Charlebois said...

Looks like fun!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Thoughts from a TCK said...

When I grow up, I want to travel as much as you guys do!

8:48 AM  

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