Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Vacay Recap Part 2 - Key West

Hey hey!  Sorry it took me a while to get the rest of my vacay recap up.  I’m sure you were all dying to know and were losing sleep over it.  Hee.

So where did we leave off?

Southernmost point.  Yes. 

Hubs and I stayed at the Southernmost Hotel, which was a splurge, but super worth it.  The hotel was a beautiful boutique hotel on the quiet end of Duval Street and literally a minute’s walk to the ocean (or is it the Gulf?).  Once we checked in we immediately started walking Key West to get our bearings.

The main drag in Key West is Duval Street, which extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, which sounds long, but it’s actually less than a mile.  We stayed at the North end, the Atlantic Ocean end (I had to look it up – yay Wikipedia) and it was nice to be a little bit away from the hullaballoo that can be Duval Street.  Once Hubs and I got the obligatory picture taken at the Southernmost Point marker, we started walking towards the fun side of Duval. 

I got lots of steps in on my pedometer during our stay in Key West because we literally walked up and down Duval like 5 or 6 times, so I didn’t feel too bad about the slushy alcoholic drinks I imbibed in while there (it was hot, and they were refreshingly delicious). 

Miami Vice - half pina colada, half strawberry daiquiri, all yum
About half way to the Gulf, we decided to hop aboard the Conch Train, which is a guided tour around Key West.  I’m totally a tour kind of girl – I like to hear about the history of a city and see everything while someone is pointing out exactly what it is.  It just makes me feel like I saw the city.  So we rode the conch train around the city for a couple of hours and then hopped off on the Southern end of Duval and meandered our way back to our hotel, stopping in at the shops and restaurants along the way.  And of course we hit up the Hard Rock for Hubs.

Tropical Hard Rock

By the time we got back to the hotel we were hot, sticky and exhausted, so we took a dip in the pool and lounged for the rest of the evening. 

Thursday we decided would be a lounge by the pool kind of day, so that’s exactly what we did.  We took a walk in the morning and then chilled at the “Tranquility Pool” for the afternoon.  And on the way we ran into this guy.

Yeah, that’s a giant iguana just hanging out in the tree.  Apparently giant iguanas live in Key West and are considered “normal” there.  I saw two and nearly jumped out of my skin each time I saw them.  They were like the size you see in a zoo.  That’s not okay.  Even if it is paradise.  No thank you. 

Back to paradise… 

It was HOT.  I spent a couple of hours in the sun and when I couldn’t take it anymore I moved it to the shade for the remainder of the day.  Had I stayed out in the sun, I probably would have been burnt to a crisp.  So I was smart.  But now, looking at my pasty white skin I’m kind of wishing I had given it a more substantial go.  Oh well.

That evening we decided to party it up on Duval.  The plan was to walk to the fun side of Duval and get dinner and drinks and see the sunset and have a gay ol’ time.  We were both STARVING when we got to dinner at Fogarty’s, an outdoor restaurant along Duval, and, well, we ate entirely too much food for two human beings and were completely miserable. 

We walked down to Mallory Square for the sunset festivities, poked into Hog’s Breath Saloon and Sloppy Joe’s but were too full to drink anything fun, went to Fat Tuesday where Hubs had a 180 Octane (I was too full for anything) and we ended up meandering our way back to the hotel.  And even though I was  so full, I had to buy one of the "cookies the size of your head" that they had at a bakery called Mattheessen's.  I ate it the next day in the car.  

Friday morning we woke up bright and early and headed home.  It’s an 8 hour journey home, believe it or not, so we made two stops on the way home.  One was at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (of course) in Hollywood – which was beautiful.  Wow.  We spent an hour just roaming around there, doing a small amount of gambling (I spent a whopping $7) and having lunch. 

About two hours later we needed to stretch our legs so we decided to stop at an outlet mall just outside of Ft. Meyers.  We walked the entire length of that puppy and I ended up with a shiny new pair of my running shoes (Adidas Supernova Glides) since mine had a hole in them leftover from my February half marathon.  We got to my parents’ house around 7:30 and were reunited with this cutie pie. 

"Where ya been?"
All in all, great trip.  We had a nice time, we saw a couple of places we’d never seen before, it was relaxing and just a good time all around!

How about you … Ever been to Key West?  Thoughts?  

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