Sunday, March 9, 2014

Back From Key West

We returned late last night from a week in Key West, and there is still snow on the ground! That was not supposed to be -- I thought we could get away for a week at the beginning of March and come back to the start of mud season and thawing soil as mid March approached.

I expected promises of garden awakenings, and was ready to start clean up tasks outside to get ready for spring.

But it's still deep snowy winter here, although it is sunny and in the high 30s today. The yard is not walkable, the driveway is still surrounded by tall banks of icky snow.

Key West was great. We did every touristy thing we wanted to: a gorgeous sunset sail, the Hemingway house, the Audubon house and garden, a morning at the butterfly conservancy, a day at the beach.

We toured the Truman little White House, and the Mel Fisher Atocha treasure wreck museum.

We drank mojitos, ate fish and stood on the seawall to watch the sun fall into the sea to the sounds of a conch blowing.

Our condo was right in Old Town, so we could walk to everything, including a convenience store for food and supplies. We walked and ate and got too hot, then napped in the afternoons. Our condo was a second floor unit with a small deck, comfortable enough.

As we always do, we had a great time with our travel friends -- always good to see them and experience new adventures with them!

The contrast is so startling. Yesterday it was hot and somewhat humid and palm trees rustled all around us. Today at home the heat is on, the windows closed tight and bright white snow blinds us when we look outside.

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