Florida Keys

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today we drove down to the Florida Keys. An easy drive down the freeway took us onto Key Largo which was, to say the least, uninspiring. It was more reminiscent of the very worst of Surfers Paradise – just without the high-rise accommodations. It was still fascinating though, to see this chain of tiny, skinny islands connected by a series of bridges and a single highway running through the middle of them. We stopped briefly at a small National Park, although the beach was hardly attractive, and did not encourage us to take to the water. We continued south, getting hungrier and hungrier as we passed dismal looking burger joint after dismal looking burger joint. Finally we saw something that looked at least acceptable – a seafood restaurant and bar. Once we had parked, and walked beachside, we saw something that looked more like what we had been imagining – a semi-outdoors bar and restaurant that sold actual seafood and looked quite nice. We were all disturbed when we saw dolphin on the menu – however, we decided we needed something to eat – it just wouldn't be dolphin! With lunch ordered and appetite satisfied, Caitlin was able to ask the waiter about the dolphin. It turned out to be dolphin fish – a local name for a type of fish that is commonly found on the menu U.S. wide – not dolphin the mammal. Greatly relieved to hear this, we took the opportunity to sit for a while and look at the water-life – which was quite abundant. After this, we decided that we had seen enough of the Keys and that it was time to turn back. To be fair, it did seem that the further down the Florida Keys you head, the less influence there is from the worst of the tourist development. I can only imagine though what the traffic jams must be like on that single highway into and out of the Keys area. Discovering what the more southerly of the keys area is like will have to wait for a future visit. Being quite weary by the time we eventually got back, we decided to order Japanese takeaway. It was good - but once again we underestimated the size of the servings. We also scored more fortune cookies - we now have about 15 of the things, and approximately 2 weeks supply of soy sauce and duck sauce (whatever that is).
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