Monday, May 16, 2011

We're off on our Blog Vacation!!!! WOOHOOO!!

I've discovered that the cheapest way to get to Key West is to fly into Fort Lauderdale and then rent a car and drive down to Key West-- at least if there are more than two of you going and since there are several of us, we definitely want to take the cheapest route! Besides, the drive down is spectacular (if driven at the right time of day- preferably early in the morning before the day trippers hit the road!) BUT....
We'll need a few things in order to make it a truly memorable drive: Snacks, a good book, and some Music!
In the first group I will have a good stash of the most important food group: Chocolate!!! Lindt Chocolate to be more specific and for dessert we can splurge on white chocolate truffles. Recognizing that you might tire of chocolate (what???? that's blasphemy!) what are your favorite road food treats?
Now book. Currently I am reading The Pale King penned by the late, great David Foster Wallace. Unfortunately this will just not do for beach reading or even passenger seat reading (you are taking a turn at the wheel aren't you?!?! It's about a 5 hour drive and with stops we might make it a full day...) So, I think I will take the fluffiest of fluffs this year and bring the Harlequin Romance Christmas in Key West. Cheesy but how can I go wrong reading a book that contains such phrases like "The warm tropical breeze that she suddenly longed to feel every day of her life washed over her." while sitting on a the beach in Key West? So what are you bringing?
And as for music...This one is important. At least for me. I grew up with music all around me. I was a singer most of my adult life (I was born to play 'Hello Dolly!'- no... REALLY, I was!) and the background music we drive to is important. Sooo... I'll choose one, then you choose! But let's hit the road, then I'll get the music going...
Oops! Maybe I shouldn't take pictures whilst driving! Little crooked... but the effect isn't lost. All right now! Mood music!
The air is so warm and lovely! 
Thanks for driving! 
Sorry to reach over--- but the skies and water are breathtaking! I just had to get this shot! 

In all there are about 4500 keys that extend from the southernmost tip of Florida south and west down to the Dry Tortugas. Some, like the ones we are driving on (and Key West), are large enough to inhabit. Others we simply passover and others, like the one we see above, are merely mangroves that have grown up in shallow waters*.
I was thinking we might stop in at the Dolphin Research Center. What do you think? I've not been before and it could be fun...



  1. Oh, when are you going? This looks like so much fun! The views are spectacular...

  2. Whoop! Looks fab! Chocs, reading, relaxing and those beautiful ocean views. Sounds wonderful. * clink* Enjoy! ;-)

  3. White chocolate? Gross. If you're going on a long trip, be sure to bring lots of different kinds of snacks. One time my sisters and I went for about a 400-mile trip (in one day!) and we pretty much just had store-brand Oreos and grape soda. By the end we were all very, very sick of Oreos and grape soda, I'll you whut.

  4. Hi all! Thanks for coming by! But just to be clear, this is a blog vacation only. I don't have the money to go anywhere. You are all welcome to contribute to the trip.... snack ideas, music, etc. I am providing pictures and the place on my blog- thus Blog vacation! Hope you enjoy!!

  5. What an awesome idea!

    I LOVE your new heading. Lighthouses are my daughter's and my favorite thing. But we can only do them virtually.

    And I love all these gorgeous photographs.

    I can't think of anything to bring. I'm never good at this sort of thing. But you are, so I'll be happy to just follow. Being a good follower is also important--I think!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

  6. You're a great follower! Thank you, thank you!

    I love lighthouses too and thought this would be the perfect heading for my virtual blog vacation. We don't have any in Denver obviously. We have little need of them being somewhat landlocked to say the least :) Thanks for dropping by! It's always a pleasure!!!

  7. I hope you blog vacation is going well, my dear! In between martinis, do drop by my place, I've tagged you on my blog.

    *clink clink* x

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  9. Imagine high temps around 90F and overnight lows around 80, no humidity at the moment and a light south east breeze. weather is perfect.
    I'm not sure a vacation counts if one is there (here).

  10. That's about all I can do as my reality here is not so pleasant. We have very little humidity even with the rain but it's been cold, barely making it past 50 degrees in the daytime, cloudy and rainy/drizzly for the past 10 days or so. It's very unMay like for Colorado. As I see it, global warming has turned our season all topsy turvy and I am not liking it.

  11. So glad you like my poem, Danette. It's not exactly a love poem. I have a few others that are, if they'll fit into a theme. I really can't write well to a theme, but I wanted to support my dear friend Denise. I don't think she minds if my poem is a bit off topic. At my age, I think she cuts me some slack!

    Hope you're having a good weekend out there in dryer air than we have here (though it's stunningly green and beautiful after all the welcome rain we've had). I hope you're enjoying your awesome Blog Vacation!

    As ever, Ann :)

  12. Man I could really use a vacation myself right now. lol


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