Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Marathon and Key West

***I fixed it- here are the photos I promised! My fault of course...***

Hello from Key West, Florida! Bryan and I are just relaxing in our B&B watching a little TV. I thought I'd post a little something about our trip so far. We are having a really good time and relaxing a bunch. No agendas, no rushing anywhere, and most of all no work!

We flew into Miami on Sunday morning and rented a car for our adventure down to the Keys. Since this is our last little vacation for just the two of us we decided it would be best if we rented a red convertible Mustang. UPGRADE! We were laughing at our own frivolousness for at least the first 30 minutes of our ride out of Miami. But, we really have enjoyed it and it has made the sight-seeing and the sunshine most enjoyable on the way down.

The first beach we visited was on Bahia Honda Key. It is about 45 minutes north of Key West and about 10 minutes from Marathon Key where we spent our first 2 nights. We stayed in a cute little cottage at a place called Tropical Cottages. It had a very vintage feel and was owned by an incredibly sweet couple who treated us like family while we were there. Bryan would like me to mention that he heard a monster outside of our cottage the second night we were there. :) Something was shuffling on 2 feet in the leaves and had a cackle like no other animal he has ever heard. He was quite disturbed- luckily I was sound asleep because this would have not gone over well with me, either. Otherwise, Marathon was a pretty sleepy town with not a lot of action- especially compared to Key West. We saw a lot of bad hair-do's and bad tattoos while we were there! :) We got a real feel for the locals when we ate breakfast the first morning at a place called The Stuffed Pig. We had A LOT of pork products that morning. Too bad we didn't have the camera with us...

Here's Bryan digging us a sand chair at Bahia Honda Beach. It was very beautiful and natural. Not your average combed beach but beautiful in its own right.

Bryan and I saw a lot of Portuguese Man O Wars washed up on the beach. At first, we had no idea what the heck these things were. Neither of us had ever seen one before this trip. We had to google it to be sure of our conclusion. Here's me holding one like a dumb-dumb.

Yesterday we packed up our things and headed the rest of the way down to Key West. The drive was beautiful all the way down. Nothing quite gives me a happy, peaceful feeling like the tranquil blue waters of the ocean. Ahhhh. We are staying at a beautiful, friendly B&B in the heart of Key West called The Tropical Inn. Our room is comfortable and peaceful. When we woke up this morning (to no alarm, might I add) all I kept thinking about was how peaceful the room looked in the morning light. The yellow curtains give the room a really nice soft glow. It's nice. And breakfast is 5 paces out the bedroom door- served poolside. I hate to brag, people, but we are really enjoying ourselves.

We spent the day exploring a few touristy sights and then laying on the beach. Here's me petting a polydactyl cat on Hemingway's bed and then Bryan and I at the Southernmost point in the continental United States.

More to come in the next few days. We will be here until Sunday! Tomorrow we are taking a day trip out to the Dry Tortugas- an island 70 miles west of Key West that is a beautiful National Park where we will be snorkeling.


  1. I'm glad you are having a relaxing time. Tell Florida I said

  2. Every single bit of it sounds mah-velous! You lucky dogs. We are freeeeeeeeeeezing here in KY.
    Have so much fun and take tons of pictures!

  3. Mmmm, fun fun fun. I can't wait to see the rest of your pics.