Yep. It's true. We drove to Key West from Fort Lauderdale smack dab in the middle of July! You might think we are a bit insane, but I assure you...we are not! It was lovely. The drive down Highway 1 was great. The scenery and views of the ocean along the way seemed like we were in a foreign country and we were still in the US!
It's not that far in miles, but it took hours to get there. This trip has been on my Bucket List for quite some time, and I WANTED to drive it. Unless you fly into Key West, there is no other way to get there. The trip is worth the four or five hours of slow driving; there's so much to see along the way. The highway and the seven mile bridge have been in many movies. Bill was just dying to see the part that got blown up in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, True Lies!
We stopped only once to stretch our legs and talk to the local fishermen. I had to have a picture just before we got on the bridge. Each little island (Key) was more fabulous than the last! The water is a beautiful teal color. After about 4 hours +/-, we finally crossed the last bridge into Key West. Hooray, that was a long drive and my butt hurt!
I couldn't wait to see my Uncle. It was an emotional reunion. Don't really know why. I was so darn happy to see him and actually be standing in his driveway. Good lord, what took me so long to get down here?
|We rented a Tandem. They were hard to find. I only wish we|
had gotten it sooner. It was so darn fun!
We got a short, free, Uncle Gary tour and lay of the land. There is soooo much to do and see in Key West!! Parts of the island have a carnival-like atmosphere! Music, music, drinking, drinking and people, people!! No wonder Hemingway was inspired here and President Truman loved visiting so much he deemed a home The Little White House! A rich history...
|Hemingway's House. He lived here for 10 years. His Royal|
typewriter still sits in his study. Geez, I'm just sure I
would be inspired to write a novel here.
|The Little White House.|
The Winter House for President Harry S. Truman.
We had a great time in Key West, there's wonderful little restaurants, tons of shops, and fun
|Actually standing closer to Cuba|
My most favorite part? Uncle Gary.
|My dad's little bro.|
(Pay no attention to the "frizz head")