Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Key West

We left Wednesday evening for Florida. We flew into Fort Lauderdale & stayed there Wednesday night before leaving Thursday for the drive to Key West.

We stopped for lunch at Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill - ex football coach Jimmy Johnson. I had my first cocktail of the weekend.

A really good margarita!!!

I ordered fish taco's & mango slaw.

It was really, really good!

We ate on the patio & had a great view. 

Several people told us the drive from Ft Lauderdale to Key West was really pretty. Maybe our expectations were too high because we weren't impressed. It was 35 mph driving on 2 lane roads through cities with some glimpses of water for over 3 hours. Live & learn. Next time we fly directly into Key West.

We checked into our hotel, the Crowne Plaza La Concha Key West . It was a nice hotel on Duval St. in the heart of the city. We had a nice balcony too. My only complaint is the room was really small. It wasn't a huge deal because we weren't in the room much but there was no unpacking & setting up your stuff. 

We had a sunset cruise booked for the first night. There was a live band, drinks & hors d'ouevres. While we were waiting to board is when I spotted the first chickens of the trip. 

They were everywhere. Not the least bit scared of people & as you walked by it wasn't unusual to be cock a doodled dood at. So weird. 

This was the first & only sunset of the trip. 

We didn't have the best weather but it didn't stop us from having fun. After the sunset it started raining so the band had to stop playing. 

I was not great at taking pictures this trip. After the cruise we had a late dinner at Johnny Rockets and watched the Saints game. 

There was a Starbuck's basically attached to our hotel. I thought that was going to be dangerous but we actually only made one stop! We had breakfast Friday morning.

We took a trolley tour Friday. I really liked it because basically you could use it like a taxi & get on & off but only pay one price & it was good for 2 days. Plus, you got some history while you rode around town.

It rained off and on Friday which is why I dressed the way I did. Not to mention it was hot & humid. Just like home!

We walked around by the water.

This was at the end of a pier that was further out than the Southernmost point.  

We went to the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. It was voted the #1 attraction in Key West by all sorts of people so we went. 

There were some ugly frogs.

My favorite thing were the flamingos. 

There were two.

Love their names!

There were butterflies just flying everywhere. Just flitting around like nothing.

I've never thought about butterflies actually eating. I would've never guessed they like bananas & oranges. Kinda weird.

Most of the butterflies were a really pretty blue color.

You can't really tell but the turtle was looking up at me smiling for the camera. 

It was a pretty cool place but it was so HUMID! Thank goodness the place wasn't very big because I honestly thought I was going to die! 

More pics to come!



  1. I loved your pics but I had a not so great trip to Key West abut 10 years ago. I found it to be smaller than I thought and a little seedy in parts. I give you credit for going during hurricane season!! That's all I kept thinking about (in JUNE). But I'm from the Midwest so that's understandable!

    Oh well, a good experience an I'm glad you had fun. :)

    Jane xxx

  2. It looks like you made the most of your trip, even with a few rain and humidity! Was it more humid because of the time of year, or is it always humid there? After living 30+ years in the dry desert heat, I cannot do humidity....just makes me grouchy!

  3. So sorry about the rain and humidity but it looks like a great trip! :) I only spent a day in Key West as part of a cruise, so we didn't have the chance to explore much...but we did walk to the southern most part!

    1. I really did love it there. Luckily we're used to the humidity & we didn't let the rain stop us!

  4. I need to call the cuz up and go visit her....hmmm. Oh, and I don't even like fish, and your fish taco looks so good, lol.