Oh yes, the long awaited Key West post. I got back on Saturday, but spent Sunday recuperating and just now got around to finishing uploading pictures and what not tonight. So I figured it would be a prime time to also post about it.
It was absolutely stunning. We left the apartment at around 10 am Saturday morning and started our trek down, which was long, following my Uncle. Saturday night we stayed in a hotel in Lexington South Carolina, and when I tweeted about it and where I was, the fantastic Ally DM’d me and said she was only about 15 minutes away. So with some hasty planning she drove over to our hotel and we got to meet which was awesome! She spent about an hour and a half with Bill and I, chilling in our hotel room just bullshitting.
We got up around 8 am and got back on the road Sunday. We took it easy that day, with a stop in Jacksonville for my Uncle to eat at a restaurant he and my Aunt used to eat at all the time when they lived there. From there we took highway 1A1 along the coast down to the spot where my Aunt and Uncle released my grandma’s ashes into the ocean.
From there we drove down to St. Augustine and walked over to the Castillo de San Marcos.
We spent a couple hours in St. Augustine admiring the view and taking pictures before heading back on the road to Miami. Our original plan was to stay in South Beach that night, but due to some conflicts in communication, the hotel didn’t get booked and everything was booked up when we drove into South Beach around 10 pm. After my Uncle and I lost each other in Miami for like 3 hours, the decision was made to just continue driving to Key West.
We pulled onto Key West at around 5 am, booked a cheapo hotel room because we were exhausted and woke up around 10 am to check out on Monday. While we were sleeping my Uncle got our hotel setup for the week and from there everything was relaxed and amazing.
We went to Hemingway House and pet his polydactyl cats. It was like playing Pokemon, seeing how many we could find, pet, and take pictures of. I think in all we found something like 20 of them.
We also went parasailing. Dustin went tandem with my Uncle and I went tandem with Bill. We only went up about 800 feet, but it was our first time ever doing it and the view was breathtaking.
The rest of the time there was spent wandering up and down Duval St., shopping, sight seeing, watching sunsets, and eating really, really good food.
For food we went to places like Sarabeth’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Crabby Dick’s, and B.O.’s Fish Wagon. B.O.’s Fish Wagon was the most awesome place there. Bill, my uncle, and my brother said it was the best burger they have ever had, and the shrimp I had was amazing. Definitely a must when in Key West. Just make sure you bring your camera, a healthy appetite, and maybe an old license plate, business card, or marker to adorn their walls with.
All in all it was an amazing time. The beauty of the area was just breathtaking.
If you want to see all the pictures we took while there, click here to go to the Flickr album.