Marathon is only one hour from Key West and it would have been a shame to drive the seven hours to Marathon without making at least a day trip to the southernmost point of the United States.
While in Key West, we visited the Botanical Gardens (which were free) and a few other famous landmarks (scroll down to find out which ones).
Here is the happy group walking around the gardens. It was 10:30 am when we got there and already VERY hot and humid. The young lady in the background is Carolyn. She came with us because we enjoy her company and because we wanted someone to watch Charlotte a couple of times.
There is a neat collection of boats used in the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980. It certainly made the 90-mile journey from Cuba to the US seem more dangerous when we considered the types of vessels some people traveled in. One boat we saw was simply made of styroforam and foam insulation (like you buy in a can), all bound together with tarps and steel bands.
In a less sober section of the gardens, we found this recycled mermaid and tiny baby turtles.
On most of our nature walks, Charlotte likes to find a rock or a stick to call her own. This walk was no exception.
And what would a trip to Key West be without a stop for lunch at the original Margaritaville? Click on the picture to see those happy faces up close!
One thing we did teach Charlotte while at Margaritaville was how to pretend to be a shark. She sure does make a cute shark!
And finally, the Southernmost Point. Which really isn't the southernmost point. That is on the military base behind us. for civilians, this big red concrete buoy-like structure is as close as we are gonna get.
Well, this wraps up my blog coverage of our trip to the FL Keys. Hope you enjoyed it... stay tuned for pictures from another upcoming road trip (if I have time before we take our first airplane ride!). More details to follow...
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Shared by Jennifer at 6/20/2009 07:33:00 AM
Labels: My Getaways
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