The Florida Keys, Islamorada in particular
The Captain and I celebrated his birthday down in the Florida Keys, which is always a relaxing and laid-back environment.
You might ask why one would want to “get away for a few days” when one is already living in paradise, and rightly so. ;0
BUT leave it we did and drove the 4 hours down to one of the islands in the Florida Keys!
Islamorada to be exact!
We stayed at a little cottage right on the beach, very private!
No phones, computers etc!
Just the sound of the surf, an occasional seagull calling overhead and sand in our toes!
The Captain and I enjoyed the quiet evening walks along the beaches, just the two of us.:)
View from our cottage.
We ate at wonderful little restaurants by the water! (There was a little kitchenette in our cottage, but we didn’t use it except for morning coffees and hot teas)
On one of the many docks we visited, this brown pelican was right at my feet, just waiting to dip into the water for fish.
Then he swooped down and in his beak, he has his breakfast!
I love walking on beaches and sand in my toes. 🙂
The large sea turtles are a protected species and when “spotters” find a nest buried in the sand…they stake it out and surround it with yellow tape.
The date the nest was found is on the stake, July 2nd and the hatching should take place around August 21.
The hatching data is on the stake.
Last year we were walking along a beach in Sarasota and actually saw the tracks or markings in the sand as the sea turtle made her nest! It was awesome!
We saw many Royal Poinciana Trees,(and if I would have remembered my camera, this photo would have been beautiful!) 🙂
There’s an intensity to the red that I’m not able to capture with an IPhone! ;( We have these same trees in Cape Coral, though not quite as abundant.
I love to watch fish in action in and around docks as they are constantly swimming.
These are tarpon.
Sting rays joined the tarpon under the dock.
I call them small tarpon, they are about 20-30 inches long here, however, they can grow to be about 4–8 ft long and weigh 60–280 lbs.
(Females can lay up to 12 million eggs at once)
Those little ladies are quite productive, I would say! 🙂
The heavens open up in the early mornings at sunrise! Spectacular!
The ocean never ceases to amaze me with all it’s beauty, especially when looking at sunrises and sunsets, glistening on the waves!
Footprints in the sand, and my big toe! 🙂
A bright green Iguana, about a foot long from head to tail.
They eat vegetation, but they are really pretty! 😉
The early morning results of a fisherman as he prepares the restaurants’ catch of the day, the Mangrove fish.
It was such a relaxing drive down to the Keys and back up, on the Old Alligator Alley, right through the Everglades.
We drove with the top down on the convertible, a gift from the Captain to me about 2 years ago.
We avoided the Interstate, which would have been a lot quicker, but not as enjoyable!
This way we were able to stop and see the “critters” such as this turtle, and of course the alligators!
We were only away for a few days, Tuesday through Thursday, but it was a very relaxing time.
Do you plan a get-a-way this year and if so, where are you going?
The United States has beautiful places to see right here in our own back yard.
If you have not visited any of the islands in the Keys, or Key West, which is the Southernmost Point in the United States, please try to do so.
Have a great week-end!