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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West December 1st 2014

There we sat at the edge of Marathon Key in a parking area at the beginning of the Seven Mile Bridge. The rain that had been accompanying us for the whole drive had finally broken and, while the dark clouds were still threatening, we were determined to complete the last part of the drive with the top down. The only problem was it was the first time we had ever rented a convertible and we had no idea how to get it to go down! We had done the obvious things like releasing the latch and pushing the button that had an image of the car with the top opening on it, but all we got was a warning that the top was not secure and a beep. As any modern, tech savvy person would do, ... read more
At The Gardens Hotel 1
Art Deco in South Beach 6
South Beach

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West November 15th 2014

Saturday 15thNovember 2014 Marathon and Key West The houseboat isn’t on a jetty jutting out into the ocean. It is well-protected on a jetty in a little creek which flows into the ocean. Lovely setting, very picturesque, great sunsets; shame the boat is dirty! This accommodation has cost twice as much as the cabin in Key Largo and isn´t good value for money. Oh well, can´t win ‘em all! If it was cleaned up, shown some bleach and bathroom cleaner, it would be simply charming “shabby chic”. The “chic” is somewhat missing! However, despite this, we have enjoyed two great days in both Marathon and Key West. Marathon is joined to the lower Keys by the famous “Seven Mile Bridge”. This bridge is quite spectacular. Not only is it seven miles in length but it enjoys ... read more
The old Seven Mile Bridge
It is hot out here on this old bridge!
Green Lizard

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key Largo November 13th 2014

Thursday 13thNovember 2014 Key Largo We have spent an idyllic time so far in the Florida Keys. We have avoided being eaten by alligators, but the mosquitos got us, especially Viv who has a grand selection of bites, despite spraying up regularly with mossie spray; just like being at home in Spain in the summer! We love Key Largo (but we haven´t met Humphrey Bogart’s ghost yet). The Spanish first named this island; “cayo largo” means “long key” in Spanish, because this is the longest of the keys. It is 30 miles long. On Tuesday we drove south, down the key, across several bridges, which link all of the keys together, to Islamorada, Layton and then on to Marathon in the Central Keys. We saw dozens of sea ospreys circling above, hunting for fish; ... read more
Grey Heron
Canoeing the mangrove trail
Sea Osprey

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West November 11th 2014

After a good nights sleep, woke to the sound of the old trolley cars full of early bird tourists on the street outside. Went to the pool deck for breakfast of muffins and coffee, it was a lovely warm sunny day. Our last day with the mustang so decided to make good use of her and go for spin back up highway one for a while. Checked out the beach areas first and found a spot to return to later in the day. Drove up as far as Big Pine key and popped into the wildlife centre. The area is famous for key deer which are an endangered species and many are killed on the highway each year. Got some good tips for where to see some wildlife and headed off the main highway. First stop ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West November 10th 2014

After a quick shower and a cup of tea we checked out of the hotel, thankfully a sunnier day with good weather scheduled for our drive south. Couldn't resist a final stop at the Mall as we had missed the Converse and Ralph Lauren stores yesterday. Alex did some damage in the Polo store and I couldn't choose between three pairs of Converse so bought them all! Alex wandered around Gap and I sneaked into Nine West and came out with a pair of boots. Just about done with shopping (as if). We hit the road for the four hour drive down the Keys. The weather was beautiful and the views stunning. Alex took a turn at driving and we drove into the sunset. As we approached Key West, I took over at the wheel, we ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West August 7th 2014

Bara en halvtimme kvar nu till kampingen i key West. Otroligt fint här och varmt. Sjukt varmt. Och fuktigt. Såg på kartan att keys är lika långt söderut som bahamas och Kuba. Gotta love it! Två dagar här så blir det Miami efter det. Imorgon har tre av oss bokat in att åka ut med en båt som har vattenskoter, vattenskidor med mera som man får testa. Dyrt, men hoppas det är värt det. Mycket solkräm blir det iaf. Lovar det mamma! ;D Igår var vi i Orlando på universal studiosisland of adventure. Nöjespark med karuseller samt 3d och 4d upplevelser. Sjuukt kul. Kändes som man va ett barn igen. Var en harrypotter åktur som vi alla fyra som va där var helt mållösa efter. 12 dagar kvar innan man landar i Umeå igen. Men känns ... read more


Today was the highlight of our whole trip - the one thing I scheduled to do. Visit Dry Tortugas National Park. It is located 70 miles out to sea and is probably the most remote national park in the NP System. It is only accessible by charter boat, sea plane, or the national park ferry. We opted for the ferry. It is the most popular option and the least expensive, but all options are very expensive. We had to be at the boat ramp by 7am so it was an early wake up time. We also had to check out of the hotel, so we packed everything up, loaded the car and headed to the marina. We checked in, retrieved our passes and listened to the instructions from the crew. They also had Dramamine for sale, ... read more
Fort Jefferson
Inside Fort Jefferson
Fort Jefferson with Moat

North America » United States » Florida » Keys June 20th 2014

The first one up was me, as always. But I let everyone else sleep in. No agenda today. Well we did have one, but it was changed. I had booked a cruise to Dry Tortugas National Park several weeks ago for today. But the ferry group called me on Wednesday and told me that they were expecting rough weather on Friday and was giving people the opportunity to switch to Saturday to make it more enjoyable. I was skeptical at first for I had already checked the weather, but visions and memories of Donald heaving over the side of the boat of a snorkeling cruise we took about several years ago, swayed me to agree to change our plans. So, with a free day, I looked for free things to do in Key West. The Dry ... read more
Tower Gardens
Naval Ship
Shark

North America » United States » Florida » Keys June 19th 2014

I am the most hot natured person I know and why I thought visiting the southern most part of the US in the middle of summer was a good idea, I am not sure. Well, I do know why - but the timing could have been better. The reason? A business trip for Donald that we tagged along with for a few days. He has a conference in Miami, so we decided to take the kids to Key West. We have never been before and it is one of those bucket list places, so we are here. We arrived in Homestead, FL on Wednesday night so that we could begin our trek from a good central location. Our first stop - breakfast. Everyone knows that people are the happiest when they are no longer hungry. Our ... read more
Turtle Crossing in the Everglades
Everglades
Alligators

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West May 3rd 2014

Gosh, hasn't it been a while! So you will all be pleased to know that the lovely Disney Wonder is on it's way to Alaska! Starting off with a 15 day Panama crossing. This cruise is legendary for its guests, or the lack of them more like! An absolute relief from the chaos of the Miami lot! This time we won't be screamed at by an all Spanish family, demanding as to why we don't speak Spanish! Sometimes, me can do without! The kind of people that do this crossing seem to be hard core cruisers and all come aboard with the platinum member lanyards, all boasting about their last epic cruise when they did the trans-Atlantic crossing and lasted a whole 15 days with mot days being at sea and so on. All very hawhawhawish! ... read more
Nope, not a crocodile mate!!!
Passion island, Cozumel, Mexico
Weeeee!!!!




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