Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Florida Keys

by MealsAndMiles on December 29, 2013

Hello from the Florida Keys!
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I just wanted to drop in and say “hi!” We’ve been enjoying our anniversary trip and have kept to a steady schedule of relaxing and drinking coladas.
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Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been the best down here. Lots of nasty clouds and some intermittent showers – not cool. We did luck out our second night when the clouds decided to part for our sunset cruise.
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The Florida Keys seriously have the best sun sets.
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Last night we ventured out to the highly recommended Marker 88 restaraunt up the road.
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We sat outside and enjoyed the slight ocean breeze and amazing laid back island atmosphere.
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I wish I had better photos. Nothing my phone took could do this place justice. They had rocking tables, gorgeous lights, and the food and drinks were top notch.

Derek and I started with the lobster and mango guacamole,  which was so fresh and very flavorful.  I would never have thought to add lobster to guacamole, but the flavor combination was spot on.
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For my main dish I had the onion encrusted Maui Maui and baked potato.  I rarely order a baked potato, but it felt right last night.
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Awful photo, but I promise it was delicious.  The onion flavor wasn’t overpowering and I thought the crust was perfect.

For dessert I had Key Lime pie. Obviously.
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My plan is to overdose on key lime while I’m here. I can’t get enough!

If you ever stay in Islamorada I can’t recommend Marker 88 enough. It was the perfect place to have our celebratory anniversary dinner.
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We’re staying in the northern Keys,  but decided to take a day trip to Key West today.
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It was an additional 2.5 hr drive from our hotel, but totally worth it thanks to the scenic drive. Miles and miles of gorgeous ocean views. I also had flashbacks to when we ran from Miami to Key West for Ragnar Relay. So many wonderful memories were made on this road!
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We left early and skipped breakfast with the goal of dining with the roosters at Blue Heaven, our favorite spot in all of Key West!
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They have the best Bloody Mary’s.  Ever.
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We had a 35 minute wait and scored a table outside with baby chicks just feet away.
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I ordered the “Rooster Special” with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, pancakes, and homemade sausage.
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The sausage had a definite kick to it. So good!
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We walked  to the southernmost point and tried to guess which road Derek proposed on (it was the finish line of Ragnar Relay and we were both a bit fuzzy on the “exact” location). Eh. There was a pretty dock close enough.  We opted for our “we got engaged here 2 years ago” photo there instead.
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See? Pretty. 🙂

Then there were the typical Key West attractions.
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And when it started to rain?
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Duh.

On the way back to our hotel we stop at the seven mile bridge for a couple of cool photos.
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I wish we had time to walk to Pigeon Key. I stayed there as a kid and even just being on the bridge was a cool walk down memory lane.

Alright time to get back to vacationing. Gotta love killing time on a road trip by blogging – three cheers for smart phones! 🙂

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