Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Florida Keys - Post 1

This past weekend called for a little birthday trip, so I headed down to the land of The African Queen, Bogart and Bacall, Seven Mile Bridge and Ernest Hemmingway. Thats right, after landing in Miami and picking up the rental car (Monty became his name), I drove the Florida Keys. Coral Castle was the first stop. Super bizarre, diminutive, Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin reportedly created this 'castle' for his 16 year old love out of carved coral formed limestone. Creepy, actually.
Next stop was the Seashell Beach Resort on Grassy Key, just north of Marathon. Resort is a STRONG claim, but it had an amazing waterfront area with a dock and beautiful rockers to sit and watch the ocean ebb and flow. Blue Moons on the dock at night are a strong reccomendation. There are only 10 rooms, and it is really quaint and lovely place. Dinner this night was at a yummy seafood place called The Island Fish Company. The Cocktails were better then the food (and on a personal note, people should really avoid letting their children run through a restaurant as though they were carrying the Olympic Torch) but the alfresco dinning on the water was well worth a few sub par calamari.
Stay tuned for more photos from this trip over the next few days!

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