Key West

IMG_2657Bob 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.

IMG_2647We 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.

IMG_2650In 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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2 thoughts on “Key West”

  1. Our house in Bakersfield (8408 Blue Heron Drive, Bakersfield, CA, 93312) is always open. We have internet, cable, big screen TV, unlimited hot showers, spa/pool, extra bedrooms, infrequently used kitchen : ), and plenty of parking. (We are gone during the day so you have run of the house) In exchange for updating us on your adventures, you may stay as long as you wish, eat as much as you want, carry off as much food/supplies as you have room for, and we will fill all fuel tanks on your vehicle. We are enjoying all your posts, to date.

  2. Taylor and Annie,
    I am so enjoying traveling vicariously through you! Love your descriptions and the great photography and videos! I have always had plans and dreams of doing a lot of traveling, but you know how life often happens while we are making other plans! I doubt if you know it, but for quite sometime I have collected hearts in nature as I or others have found them. They are collected as photos or as themselves (leaves stones, bark, etc).So I was wondering if while you are on the road exploring the wonderful world if you happen upon any if you would help me add to my collection if it is found at an opportune moment. They have just been a reminder for me for years of our Fathers constant love and how he holds me and my heart in his .
    I am very much looking forward to more glimpses of your travels and stories from the road.
    I think how you handled the Key West situation was brilliant, and heard that they enjoyed it very much.
    Happy trails to you,
    with much love, A. Marcia

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