Last week my family went to the Florida Keys. This Colorado girl had a hard time dealing with the bugs and the heat but overall I had an absolute blast!
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday and arrived just in time to get some dinner and take a night walk along the atlantic before we crashed. On Monday we drove down the coast to Key Largo we ended up renting a house while we were there and it was so much pleasanter than a hotel.
On Tuesday we went to Everglades National Park. This wasn’t my favorite part of the trip but we do get to see a couple of dolphins playing in the wake of our boat and that was so awesome!
We got back to Key Largo just in time to watch the sunset. It was so striking and so completely different from Colorado sunsets. The sun reflecting off the water of the Florida Bay was incredible.
Wednesday we got on a boat and went snorkeling in a coral reef in John Pennekamp State Park. It didn’t occur to me to bring a waterproof way to take pictures until I was already in the water I saw barracuda, parrotfish, and Dory’s cousin. Later that afternoon we planned to go snorkeling again at the park where we watched the sunset. We ran out of time but my parents went on a seafood date that night and watched the sunset again at the park. They came back that night and informed us that a shark had been spotted in the water there. It was probably a nurse shark but no one had been able to identify it yet so we were all pretty glad that we hadn’t snorkeled after all.
Thursday we went to Lauderdale by the Sea for a beach day because the Keys don’t have very good beaches. The weather was perfect and the water was so warm!
The beach we went to had the cutest benches shaped like a boat.
I wore my *Rey Swimwear suit for the first time and I loved it. The pineapples are so cute and the ruching on the sides is really flattering.
It is the first suit I’ve ever had that doesn’t ride up on my butt. The only downside is that I am just the tiniest bit too short for the suit so the top slipped down sometimes. Rey Swimwear is a super awesome ethical swimwear brand. I have a blog post about them here.
Friday we drove out to Key West. We visited Ernest Hemingway’s house, ate lunch at a restaurant called the Six Toed Cat, and had chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick. The pie was delicious but I think I like it better on a plate, without the chocolate.
At the end of the day we went to another state park on Key West and looked around and watched the ocean for a while before driving home.
I wore a sundress that day because I’d been wearing a lot of Tshirts and things I could throw over a swim suit so I wanted to look cute. It ended up not being the best choice though because it was pretty short and there was a lot of wind that day.
Saturday my younger sisters and my dad went snorkeling and my older sister and I did some souvenir shopping and in the evening we went to the airport and flew home.
I had such a good trip. It was so much fun to explore and experience a totally different part of the country from what I’m used to. Plus, who doesn’t love the beach.
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