Mike and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary in the Florida Keys. We flew to Fort Lauderdale and rented a car to make our way further south. Navigating the Lauderdale and Miami traffic was hectic but, once we made it to the Keys, life slowed to a blissful pace. We stayed at a quaint boutique hotel, nestled by the water in Key Largo. We dined on delicious seafood, listened to the local band playing Buffet songs, and lounged in an extremely comfortable hammock-like swing to watch the sunset. I’m not sure how it started but we, somehow, decided to take photos of our feet in various places to show the world that we had left our footprints in the Keys.
We made our way down to Key West, where we rented bicycles for a fun way to explore the town. It just so happened that there was some type of motorcycle convention going on during our visit, so we were surrounded by motorcyclists. Nice folks. We visited Hemingway’s home and the Little White House. We went to Sloppy Joe’s for lunch and, of course, I had to order a Sloppy Joe, which was awesome! We had a great time listening to a local band called the Uproot Hootenannies.
We visited Mallory Square, where we did a little shopping and watched the cruise ships arrive. Finally, we made our way to the southern most point of the U.S. to watch the sunset.
We also explored Marathon Key, where we visited the Dolphin Center, shopped in artist villages, and had dinner on the water while watching another glorious sunset. My favorite meal of the trip. We also watched a man almost get his hand bitten off while feeding some huge, rabid fish of some sort!
The University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game was happening while we were on vacation, so we had to find someplace that was showing the game (not an easy task in Florida.) We finally came upon a sports-themed BBQ place that agreed to turn the game on for us. We were surprised to find that we weren’t the only ones from Kentucky who were desperately searching for a place to see the game; a newly-wedded couple from Lexington, KY was there, as well, on their honeymoon. We told them we were celebrating our 31st anniversary and they seemed inspired to meet a couple who had been married so long. Luckily, we were all rooting for UK. Go Cats!
Upon making our way back inland, we decided to spend a couple of days in Ft. Lauderdale with the intention of doing nothing but soaking up some sun and sand. We didn’t want to come home!