Get Us Back To The Keys!Posted on Feb 18, 2013 | 19 comments
I know . . . we shouldn't complain, but it's pretty cold camping here in Alabama. It's been dropping below freezing shortly after dinner and pretty much all we can do with the evening is hop in the tent and jump into our sleeping bags.
No question - It sure was nicer walking around barefoot in the Florida Keys!
If you can't be happy in The Keys, well . . .
The sunsets are perfect. The atmosphere is perfect. And the weather is . . . perfect. I like being able to walk out in shorts and bare feet each day. And I like sailing, and snorkeling, and having people offer me "walking beers" on the streets of Key West. And I even like falling asleep to Beattles covers blaring from the rooftop bar down the street and rising to the roosters crowing from the trees outside our hotel.
Yes, Key West can get touristy with all its cruise ships and cheap t-shirts on Duval Street, but it still remains remarkably quaint and unique. One can't help love the idea of waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee, and stumbling out onto a warm, shaded balcony to read, or write, or just watch the world go by. Things are easy in Key West. It's inspiring. It's loud one minute, serene the next, and everyone is just fine with that. It's diverse - and I like that too. It's no wonder all those writers like Hemingway, Williams, and even my daughter's fave - Judy Blume - set up shop down here. Whatever IT is it, Key West has IT.
And if one gets tired of the small city life, it's easy to break free from everything and wander up the narrow coast to Bahia Honda State Park, Long Key State Park, or Anne's Beach. The little escapes that line Highway 1 for 100 miles are plentiful and laid back. Here . . . you will find what you need.
Travel doesn't always work. You have lots of bad moments, and you leave some places never wanting to return. But The Keys worked perfectly for us. We became explorers . . . and everything we found was gold. We knew what we wanted and The Keys gave it to us. You have to wonder about places that just give you gold.
Is it just coincidence?
Just good timing?
Or do places like the Keys and Key West suit us so well that everything just seems to fall into place?
Next stop: New Orleans, Lousiana, USA!
Last Stop: The Everglades, Florida, USA
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