Bob and Karin, Annie’s Aunt and Uncle, were planning a vacation to the Keys before we even left on our trip. As we were trying to figure out how to stay in the keys without getting towed, it occurred to us that we might be able to park where they would be staying. So we made a casual phone call inquiring about there trip and softly placing an offer to drive them to Key West instead of renting a car. It made sense to us and we hoped it did to them as well. We really weren’t trying to hijack their vacation, truly. They thought it was a splendid idea. So we stayed in their parking space at their historic inn all week.
We did not want to let them down, so we spiced things up a bit as they arrived from the frigid Grand Rapids temperatures. To start we whipped up a recipe from our favorite cooking book as of late: Mushroom Risoniotto. It certainly did not let us down. We enjoyed the dish as we roared down the toll way to the only tropical piece of land in America. Once we hit the causeway, we had a second surprise: Pineapple Guava Fruit Cooler. I think we sold them on their decision at this point. At least that is what we hoped.
In the morning we surveyed the island for the best coffee shop with the best internet. Cafe Moka was right near where we were staying and had a wonderful assortment of french pastries that fueled us as we hunkered down and worked on our laptops. The following days this was our morning productivity slot. We arrived early every day we were there and left at lunch with coding and healthcare just a little more figured out.
Work aside we also had fun. We went snorkeling and had some great dinner experiences with Bob and Karin. One day we found a great parking spot on the beach and hoped for good wind. The wind let us down but the location was great for relaxing in the eighty degree weather.
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