Saturday, April 21, 2007

Where was I? Oh, yes, on the way to Key Largo – can it possibly be a week ago?

And the trip continues .....We left Key Biscayne, went back through parts of Miami on Highway 1 south towards Key Largo. The roads over bridges gave wonderful views of the ocean.

We made a phone call to reserve a room in a motel in Largo. I wanted a motel that allowed pets, so Joy went on-line to find a pet friendly motel, which was Marina Del Mar. Now some of you might wonder how this was done! Ken’s laptop has a Verizon card that can get wireless anywhere (nearly). With a strong battery, an adapter that runs on the cigarette lighter, Joy and Ken can use the laptop anywhere, anytime!

It was expensive, but we decided that the trip was not going to be figured from cost but experience!! We shared the room – two double beds and the blowup mattress for the girls.

Since Key Largo is famous for the movie with Humphrey Bogart, I was looking for things that pointed to his making the movie. There is a restaurant named Bogie’s that had a wonderful (and expensive) seafood / prime rib buffet but no mention as to why it was called “Bogie’s” (for those of you who are not aware, Humphrey Bogart’s nickname was “Bogie.”) but we did find the “African Queen” – the boat that starred in the movie of the same name with Bogie and Kathryn Hepburn.




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After dinner, I stayed in the room with the dogs and rested while the others went to the pool and swam until nearly 11:00!!

Early rising the next morning, continental breakfast at the office, a walk around the Inner Coastal Waters along the walkway on the motel boardwalk. Ken was drooling over boats, I was looking for birds and other animals to catch on “film.” The girls were having fun with the dogs, Joy was taking pictures and Norm was just having fun!



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After checking out, we headed south to the rest of the Keys, although we decided not to go all the way down to Key West but go for awhile, find a nice beach to play on and then head back north. We made it down to Marathon, not quite half the way before turning around.

The beach we found was awesome! It was shallow for a very long ways out ... we headed out to see how far we could walk; however the bottom was squishy and mushy and muddy so I quit early. I was afraid that I would slip and fall, which would ruin my camera! The rest went out all the way to the end of the shallows.


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There were crabs to watch; I talked to a man from Ontario, Canada (thought of you, Heb!) who has traveled all over the world. He was sitting, watching the crabs and comparing them to the crabs in Australia. There were birds to watch, lovely colors in the water and a guy getting ready to go sail-boarding.

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We headed back north, grabbed some lunch at a Dairy Queen and started up to the Everglades (which will be written in another post!)...all together a wonderful time in the beautiful Keys. We had a beautiful time; I hope you have a beautiful day!


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2 comments:

Sonia said...

Hi Connie, sounds you all had a wonderful day! Love the photos! They show me a place I did not visit, but I would love to know!
Thanks for sharing that amazing trip! See you soon!

Cris said...

The ocean seems so calm there, how far can you walk into the water?