Babymoon Part 2

24 May

On our second day in paradise we decided to book an excursion so we could do some snorkeling, see the sunset from the water, and get some boat time in without having to spend a fortune to rent our own boat.  We decided on the afternoon excursion leaving us with some time that morning to explore historic downtown and spend some time in our lovely pool.

I didn’t plan ahead for breakfast that morning and unfortunately the place I wanted to go was closed when we arrived.  So we searched for another place and ended up at a french bakery.  I had something called a Galette which is like a crepe made with buckwheat which was delicious.  As we began to leave the crowds lined up for brunch and I was glad to be heading back towards the hotel to relax.

We had the pool almost to ourselves as most of the guests had already left since it was Monday.  It was perfect for me and Britton to float around for a few hours before our excursion that afternoon.  We got to the marina early so Britton could have a bite for lunch and we could check out the shops.  We even found a little bit of Iowa as we walked around the marina!

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Before long we were out on the bright blue waters off the coast of the Florida Keys and I was in heaven.

We made our way to a Reef to start the excursion with some snorkeling. This was by far, the best spot I have ever been to for snorkeling.  Not 2 minutes in the water we spotted a Goliath Grouper being cleaned by a host of small fish.  As we continued along we saw a sting ray swim past us.  It was majestic! I do have some fears when I’m out snorkeling one of those being barracudas.  After we saw the ray we turned around to come face to face with a 5 foot barracuda.  I about had a heart attack…  We calmly swam in the opposite direction to continue to take in the beauty of the reef.  I saw schools of the most beautiful fish all along our path.  We came across 3 more rays buried under the sand for protection. Britton and I stayed in the water far longer than any of the other participants but I just couldn’t pull myself away from the beauty we saw all around us.

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After snorkeling we headed to another spot where a mangrove island had formed.  We learned a lot about the history of the mangroves and the protection it provides both for the islands of the Keys and the reef system.  We didn’t see much wildlife but we did enjoy another opportunity to learn about the mangroves.

After the mangroves we were heading back to Key West to catch the sunset from the water. It was beautiful.  My time lapse is a little shaky but you get the idea 🙂

I wish we had brought a water proof camera so I’d have more to show for our snorkeling excursion but instead it’s etched in my memory.

After grabbing a quick bite to eat off the boat we headed straight for bed.  The next morning we soaked in the pool for a bit before heading to town for some donuts.  They were amazing.

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We picked up some artwork on our way out of town as that is my standard whenever we travel.  I love to find local art to hang on our walls.  This piece was a painting of the mangroves on a recycled piece of tin roof tile.  It fits perfectly on our wall of art!

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Then we began our journey home. It was a long journey especially for a 7 months pregnant woman!  We stopped for lunch in Islamorada and then stopped at the Sandal Outlet and Shell World just to break up the drive.

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Once we were off the islands was when the real fun began.  We hit traffic going through south Florida.  Then I missed an exit that routed us a good 45 minutes off the usual path. It was slow going but we finally made it home around 10 pm to an excited puppy that had been delivered back home by his grandma earlier in the evening.

We had an awesome trip. We spent a lot of time talking about how one of our goals is to own a home close to the water and let me tell you, I’m dreaming of that day!  I can’t wait to take our little one to the beach so he can be a beach bum like his mom!

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