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Drawing of the Three

So, most of you know by now I went to Florida. I have been all over Florida - Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale... I always had this mental image of what Florida should be, and it always seemed to fall short somehow.

This mini-away was the exception. The Florida Keys are rather akin to paradise. Not the true pristine paradise of the Caribbean, but quality nonetheless. There is a hell of a gay pride community, as well as a strong MA/Red Sox contingent. There are also about a billion bars, little shops, and tons of sand. I'll be damned if I didn't have a great time.
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I went with my friends S and B, whose faces you see smattered throughout the photo set. This is a shot of them at the southernmost point in the continental US:

S is the tall one, in case you were wondering.

We got into Miami early Saturday morning. I was offered a first class upgrade for a pittance, and took it. I read the most of the way down, except for watching "Good Night and Good Luck" (which I really liked). My flight got in first, so I went to meet up with S and B at Miami airport. Because Miami airport is under construction, there are no moving walkways or trams or anything. I came in on one end of the airport, they came in on the other. It took me about 20 minutes to hike it. The place is that big, really.

After that we picked up the trusty rental car (a convertible), and it was vacation ho!

We spent a night in Islamorada (where we didn't see the Supremes, but had some great food). There was this guy weaving grass hats there, and a unisex bathroom, which was VERY uncomfortable. I was asked (due to my Yankees hat) by someone if I was a New Yorker. Turns out her son was a regular at a bar I used to frequent in the long ago when I was dating a woman from Woodside. I probably bought him a round or two, if he is who I think he was.

The Supremes were there way past drunk thirty

This is the grass hat man - I was gonna buy one, but I already got one. it was a present on my 25th birthday.

The hotel in Islamorada had turtles on all the doors. B asked me to take a pic of one.

The view was pretty good from the hotel balcony.

We had a scrumptious evening at S's Aunt/Uncle's house. It was in an insanely opulent gated community a little northeast of Islamorada. The community had their own church, lake, dock, grocery store, gas station, and golf course. Everyone rode around on golf carts to get everywhere. It was a breathtaking house, with a screened in two story patio, and an indoor pool. I met some very cool New Yorkers, who were also there, and had a fantastic dinner. I got to get my grill on for burgers, and seared tuna, shrimp, and asparagus were served up by others. In the late behind the house were quite a population of fish (they had a dock in their backyard that led to the lake). S's aunt fed the fish bologna - I got a few shots of them coming up to eat:

Oscar Mayer fishie

Screened in Patio with Pool

After the evening passed, it was back in the car to Key West! I learned that once crossing a certain point, my phone was spotty at best, and my battery soon died without regular recharging. As a result, it spent the majority of my vacation off, which was a good thing, really. From this point on, the recipe was pretty much, get up, chill in the sun, get dinner, drink/dance/sightsee.

Chillaxin with Frozen Drinks

What a mailbox!

Surprisingly, we saw some great live music down there, and it was mostly cover stuff. Lots of fun to see a gaggle of hot women crazy crowd dancing to songs everyone can sing aloud to.

Live Music



We did one day out at the docks for a sunset where I saw someone juggle fire on a tall unicycle, a dog that could walk a crosswire, a mime dressed as a midget, and ate some unfuckingbelievably good Cuban food.

Fire Juggler

On a Unicycle

The last full day there, we did some diving, and went on a sunset cruise in a wooden schooner (The Appledore from Maine) which my friend B talked the captain into letting her run for a bit:

B at the helm

Sunset and Sailboat (not ours)

Sunset From Sailboat

The last night was much fun. Good food, great times. The next morning, we went to the Southernmost Point in the Continental US, then got in the car to go back to Miami. On the way back though, we stopped at Treasure Island, a junk shop on the side of US 1. The only reason to stop there was, THEY HAVE A LOBSTROCITY!

DaDa Chum, DiDa Chick

I can't tell if B is happy to see it, or scared that she is going to be eaten.

Flight home was delayed interminably, and I got home pretty exhausted from the travel. Since then, it has been grindstone city, but I am still basking in afterglow.


Good times, great place. I'd highly recommend the Keys to anyone looking for a good time.

More pics available on my flickr.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 31st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
aw...i love the keys! glad you had a good time.
Mar. 31st, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
twas a blast. i am definitely going back.
Mar. 31st, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
"There is a hell of a gay pride community, as well as a strong MA/Red Sox contingent. "

hmmmmm.....i see a pattern. Lots of gays...and many red sox fans.

The pics are pretty good. The girl in the turquoise top looks like she is 1-2 shots from being the main course at a frat party.

welcome back to the jungle.
Mar. 31st, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
oh believe me, she was
both of them were on a preset course for date rape by the time they stumbled out of that place.
Mar. 31st, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: oh believe me, she was
mmm... roofitinis!
Mar. 31st, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Florida is so fuckin' sweet! I need to stop associating it with bad voting machines and Disney!

ps. NIN was Miami !
Mar. 31st, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
ahaha so that's where the new icon came from! awesome!
Mar. 31st, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: david mcullen
oh yeah, that guy. thanks! I'll check it out.
Apr. 1st, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)

Apr. 1st, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Sunset and Sailboat (not ours)
Damn straight it's not your sunset.

Beautiful pictures. I've been to Florida a couple of times, but never the Keys. Anything about the legendary green sunsets?

That is such a fun mailbox, but the giant lobster-thing (I'm not well-versed about giant statues of crustaceans) is somewhat disconcerting.
Apr. 3rd, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
it was a great time
i meant not my sailboat!
Apr. 3rd, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: it was a great time
I gathered that, silly, just having a bit of fun.
Apr. 1st, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
My daddy, a former New Yorker, has lived in Key West for the past thirty-odd years. He has never owned a car* because he believes a bicycle does a much better job of getting him around town. The only time he wears closed toe shoes is when he is actually playing tennis. He has white shutters on his windows and a pocket swimming pool in his back yard. Nothing in his power could stop the hibiscus from blooming year-round. He will never know another winter for as long as he is alive.

Yes, I'm jealous.

*Perhaps unsurprising for someone from New York, but nearly unheard of in Florida.
Apr. 3rd, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
that is not a bad life
one i, myself considered tooling around down there
Apr. 1st, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
So last night I was out with some friends, one of whom compulsively reads my friends page despite not having an LJ account himself. He showed up last night and demanded to know who you are, because he'd seen this pix and recognized your friend S. (He was in our residential college.) What are the chances? And how do you know him?
Apr. 3rd, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
small bloody world! i know S. through one of his coworkers who was a friend from college. he and i have remained friends through that morphing sphere of my social circle. i didn't know him in college, so i doubt i know your friend.
Apr. 5th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Dude. That is much prettier than Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Even without the citywide blackout and nearby tornadoes. Does tornados have an "e"? Hmm. Ponderance.
Apr. 5th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
yeah. i would say so. i am glad you made it home safe though.
tornados or tornadoes - it is a tomato tomato with different spellings!
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