Sunday, November 20, 2011

Key West, Day 1

Thank you for all of the wonderful wishes for our vacation in Key West!  We arrived here on Friday evening.  The day began at an ungodly early hour, so we could hit the road and get to the airport for our 5:50am flight out of Richmond.

I really don't like to fly ... but I do like the scenery I see out the window of the plane.  This was sunrise on Friday.  (It looks like the cover of a Pink Floyd album, doesn't it?)

You folks in Atlanta still have some lovely fall color, as seen from the air.

We landed in Fort Lauderdale at 10-something, picked up our rental car, and headed down Route 1 south, bound for Key West.  As we passed through Homestead, we made a stop at Robert Is Here ... the best and coolest farm stand I have ever seen. 

We saw every sort of tropical fruit in existence, I do believe.  Most were available for tasting, which I gladly did.


Apple Bananas ... yum!

In the back, Robert has an area with donkeys and goats and geese ... and EMUS!

and parrots.

What did we buy?  Some Apple Bananas, of course, and dragonfruit and some lychees.  We also came away with one of the best things I have tasted to date ... Key Lime Milkshakes!

By the time we reached Islamorada, we were hungry for lunch ... just in time to hit Craig's Restaurant for one of their Super Fish Sandwiches.  (I fully intend to overdose on fish while we are in the Keys.)

After lunch, we hopped back in the car, pointed it south, and kept driving ... and driving ... and driving.  If you have a fear of bridges, this may not be the most comfortable part of the the trip for you.  Fortunately, I don't mind bridges ... and the scenery is gorgeous.

We arrived in Key West just as the sun was setting ... and it was raining, as it had rained on us off and on throughout our whole drive down here.  It was a short shower, fortunately, and we unpacked the car and settled into our rented townhouse pretty quickly. 

Our townhouse has a beautiful courtyard!

On Saturday, we headed out to spend the day seeing what Key West has to offer.  I took over 200 photos!  It's going to take me a while to sift through those ... I'll get to it so you can see how much fun we're having in my next installment. 


  1. Key Lime Milkshakes!!!! Yummy!

    I love fruit and would be trying all they have to offer, along with the fish. Enjoy your vacation:-)

  2. Have a great time and our leaves in the Atlanta area are almost gone. We noticed north of Atlanta last week that they were in peak color. It was really pretty this year. Enjoy that summer like weather.

  3. Now this is a fabulous way to spend the holiday.

    Eat, sleep and enjoy,you lucky rosarian you.

    xo Jane

  4. Glad y'all are enjoying some of our more "kookie" Floridians. Down there we have lots! Enjoy and remember to RELAX, this is the name of the game down there!

  5. Oh- I am SOOOO jealous that you are on my old stomping grounds! xo Diana

  6. I so want to go to the Keys someday ! It's on my bucket list .

  7. I've never even heard of a couple of those fruits. I look forward to taking a vacation through your camera lens. That's about as close as I'll get to one. Have fun, fun, fun, enough for both of us!

  8. You've gotta tell me where your'e staying!... and I want to go!!!!.. pictures as soon as it's tolerable to do

  9. Key Lime Milkshakes!!! I need a plane ticket now!


  10. I've been to Key West a couple of times and I love it! Lots to take photos of I know! Love the fruit stand and sounds like your trip is off to a good start. Yes we do still have some lovely leaves here in Atlanta but they are dropping fast!
    hugs, Linda

  11. LUVED seeing these pics, Connie!! I may be weird, but I adore seeing other people's vaca photos. lol! So keep'em coming! I'm living vicariously through you!!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  12. I'm sorry, what did you say after key lime milkshake?

  13. It is a beautiful drive, isn't it! I had to chuckle over your number of photos. It is hard not to take one ... so much to take in. I came home with over 1300. Ugh! Really need to go through and delete some. Glad you are having a great time and look forward to more!

  14. What a wonderful vacation for you! I would have loved the fruit stand...all those exotic fruit. Goodness!
    Wouldn't be able to do the fish though...the smell and taste just don't settle well with me. :(
    And the bridges....goodness, I might be white-knuckling it for a while.
    SO, it's a good thing you didn't invite me to come along as I might be somewhat of a party pooper!
    But I do look forward to seeing more of your vacation.


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