Aa promised, more pictures from our recent trip to the Keys. It was our first trip without the two girls- thanks to Kris' parents who drove in to town to babysit.
We flew in to Miami, and drove the 3 hours to our hotel (it was not a long drive, just slow traffic).
It was interesting flying without the kids. At our point during our layover, we had to pee. So Kris told me to go ahead while she waited and then she could go when I was done. Only after then did we realize how stupid that sounded, since we have been used to taking turns to use the restroom because of the kids!
The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago in the southeast United States, consisting of about 1700 islands. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula about 15 miles south of Miami and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands. The islands divide the Atlantic to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west. At the nearest point, the southern tip of Key West is just 90 miles from Cuba.
Though nothing compares to the waters of Malaysia, this was truly the most beatiful sunset I have ever seen. Unlike the skies of Malaysia which tends to be very hazy, cloudy or unclear (humidity?), we had a clear view of the setting sun on the horizon, where it seemed like the sky itself was ablaze.
The best view was probably from the famous 7-mile bridge, close to our hotel in Marathon. This connects the island to Little Duck Key- we actually ran part of the distance on our morning jog.
From our location, we made several day trips including a very picturesque drive down to Key West, a very enjoyable 1 hour drive. Very touristy but not too congested.
Though it was only a short 3 night trip for us, it was a nice change from the pace we were used to; to not having any kids waking us up at unholy hours of the morning, of being able to just relax and having absolutely nothing to do.
So, that's one place checked off my USA to-see list. Next stop... Grand Teton?