After a night’s sleep at a Miami airport hotel, it was time for an early start (thanks to jetlag). Shopping at Walmart and breakfast at McDonald’s were done by 10 am and then it was time to start off towards the south.
With unbelievable luck and perfect timing, the four last places on a snorkeling trip were bought and our happy group was hurried onto a boat heading out into the Atlantic in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. An hour of snorkeling at the Horseshoe Reef was the perfect way to get everyone in the real vacation mood.
Then it was time to continue on down the Keys, stopping on the way at the Key Largo Conch House for tasty conch tacos and tropical ice tea. Since it was the eve of Memorial Day, traffic was a slow at times, but in the end Key West was reached some minutes before sunset.
Memorial Day was started with a bit of exercise (note to self: running is not always a good idea) and a couple of hours poolside. Then it was time for some lunch at Blue Heaven, famed for the best Key Lime Pie in Key West (definitely worth all the fame) and searching for six-toed cats at the Hemingway Home, followed by a visit to the local cemetery in the scorching heat. The evening passed nicely at The Porch enjoying craft beers and air conditioning. All in all Key West surpassed all expectations and left Hattivatti’s companions wanting for more sun, sea and awesome beers.