All in all, the Florida Keys trip was fantastic—particularly as an escape from the harsh Midwestern winter. The few notable drawbacks, such as the exorbitant cost of lodging on Key West and the awful process of navigating the spaghetti-like highway system around Miami International Airport, were outshined by everything else. I recommended Dry Tortugas National Park a few posts ago. And I’ll use this opportunity to suggest a few more: (1) Sunset Cove Beach Resort (friendly, campy, wacky, affordable) in Key Largo, (2) Seashell Beach Resort in Marathon (also affordable, laid-back, beautiful oceanfront), (3) Hogfish Bar and Grill (unappetizing name, but their hogfish sandwich is simply amazing), (4) The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, (5) Robbie's of Islamorada (worth the stop just to see the tarpons), and (6) the beach at Bahia Honda State Park.
The only problem with grouping the photographs from the Florida Keys trip thematically is that I’m left with a bunch of “uncategorized” shots that I like—of a lonesome tree at Anne’s Beach (Islamorada), a group of pilings at Dry Tortugas National Park, a couple of butterflies in Key West, the moon over Smathers Beach during my morning out alone, the ladder rungs of a power pole, a weathered old parking sign next to a lamp, and a couple of kayaks that drifted beneath us while we were atop the Bahia Honda bridge. You can find them all below. Enjoy!