1/08/2013

The Keys

In lieu of writing an extremely long post, I made the following movie for your viewing enjoyment:



This was probably our last family vacation, and it was the best.  MS wasn't going to go with us at first because he didn't think our timeline was going to work for him with work and a fraternity leadership conference.  It turned out that the timing was perfect for him, so he was able to go.  Having all of the boys (and OS' girlfriend with us) was the best Christmas present I could've ever received.

Two of the pies you see in the clip are Fried Key Lime Pie.  I didn't know there was such a thing, but there is.  And, they were sooo good!

In one of the night pictures, you can see 4 red lights.  Those are the Radio Free America Towers.  It was so neat to sit there at night and think about the history of that part of the country.

I went snorkeling for the first time, and it was great...right up until I got out of the water and got sick.  Several times.  The waves were about 3 ft. that day, so I think I can blame it on that.  The visibility was amazing.

We met a couple from New Jersey who frequent The Keys, sometimes sailing down.  They were very interesting to talk to, and, she's a blogger!  Bum's Rest

The funniest incident from the trip was something OS' GF told me happened:  They rented a tandem bike for the week, and almost every day they ended up riding over to the beach.  One day, they were riding down the road, and OS saw a car with tags from our county.  He started waving his arms and yelling:  _____ County!  The people in the car finally figured out what he was talking about, and yelled back, "It's a RENTAL"!

I could go on and on about the trip, but I'll spare you!  I hope you enjoyed the clip!

13 comments:

  1. Oh wow; looked like a great time! I never heard of Fried Key Lime pie; Key lime pie, but not friend, but yum!! the beaches are so different there compared to here; so pristine looking. Glad you guys had a chance to do this!

    betty

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  2. Looks like tons of fun!! I love how you turned your photos into a video!!!

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  3. Seeing your video has reminded me how much I'd like to return to the Keys ... we had only a day there, spent in Key West. I want to go back and spend more time in the rest of the Keys. Not this year, but maybe next?

    And I love Key Lime pie, but I'd never heard of them fried. Doesn't sound very waistline-friendly, but does sound YUMMY! ;-)

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  4. I haven't been to the Keys in years, but I love it down there. It's a whole 'nother way of life isn't it? I remember riding bikes to Hemingway's house and I especially remember all those cats! Looks like a great trip, and I know how special it is to have the whole family together. Great video!

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  5. Mary! What beautiful pictures! My first thought: I bet it feels GREAT having another female around ;) And you camped of course! Way to go! David and I flew to Miami and then rented a car and drove down to Key West for three nights once. (An anniversary trip). I would love to camp down there, but it is such a long drive for all the kiddos at this point. What a great Christmas break you had!

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  6. Looks and sounds like a wonderful vacation.

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  7. What a wonderful memory that video will be for all of you! Sounds like a great time. I lived for three years in Pensacola--but saw nothing of the rest of Florida. However, that picture of the little thing that looked like a lizard reminded me of the little creatures that were often found on our patio in Pensacola!

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  8. What a wonderful memory that video will be for all of you! Sounds like a great time. I lived for three years in Pensacola--but saw nothing of the rest of Florida. However, that picture of the little thing that looked like a lizard reminded me of the little creatures that were often found on our patio in Pensacola!

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  9. I love the Keys. I grew up a couple of hours away and went there often. I love conch fritters, key lime pie anyway (we grew them in our yard), Mallory Square...I love the Keys. I am so glad you did too.

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  10. So can you get motion sickness from snorkeling? I get motion sickness very easily so maybe I shouldn't try it. - That story about the car rental is hilarious! - Glad you had a good time. I've been following along on Instagram!

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  11. Oh WoW! Those are beautiful pics!!
    How did you know I needed a mental vacation? That second pie pic looks delish!! Blessings!!

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  12. When did you go? This Christmas or last? Did I fall asleep and miss something. I hate it when that happens.
    Loved the video and the song...how fun for you and your family. Sadly, being a Florida native, I've only been there one time. I know. I should be shanked. We keep talking about going.....
    Have a great night!

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  13. Fried Key Lime Pie....I want some!
    Those are some beautiful pictures and settings. Looks like you had a fantastic time.

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