Hell Hath No Fury

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Fury's Ultimate Adventure

Flag of United States  , Florida
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Key West is the place where the sun sets on continental U.S.A. It's the place where tourists applaud the sun as it disappears because the guidebook says to do so. The irony is that at this time of year the sun sets behind an island off the coast so you can't even see the real ending!

It's a pleasant enough town except this weekend it was crawling with tourists. It was the last weekend before kids returned to school and it seems everyone, their whole family, all their friends and their pets were there. All sorts of vehicles were on the roads causing traffic jams, especially on Duvall - cars (including our rental), bicycles, motorbikes, scooters, bike rickshaws, a 4x4 Chevy (?), even mobility vehicles! We'd driven from Homestead for 3 hours cruising along the gorgeous keys and we really weren't up for more time in the car.

So we got a little orientated, booked our day trip for the following day and scooted right back out of town to a nearby campsite. The accommodation prices in town were horrendous, and a campsite for two was the same as a private motel room in other towns! Plus we needed to borrow a hammer to get the pegs to penetrate the ground. It was rockhard. The only reason I got some sleep that night was thanks to my makeshift mattress fashioned from all the clothes I own evenly spread under my beach mat. At least it wasn't cold and there were no mozzies! So we could sleep with the tent flap open allowing the breeze to enter.

Awaking to the serenity of the sea, the chirping of birds and the bobbing of boats made it all worthwhile. It's hard to describe but the word "bliss" comes quite close. It was a great start to an even greater day!

We decided to splash out (literally!) on a day of beachbum activities around Key West, living the high life like the rich and famous for one day. You know, the kind of thing you see in music videos. It was called the "Ultimate Adventure" offered by FURY Water Adventures.

First we cruised for an hour while the tunes were pumping and we snacked on a buffet breakfast. Next we snorkelled the coral reef on the Pacific Ocean side where we spotted baracudas, colourful square-headed fish and one jelly fish that made us dash in the opposite direction

Finally we were whisked to the Gulf of Mexico where were split into groups that took turns to: 
* parasail - fun and leisurely, soaring in the breeze, not nearly as scary as it looks; 
* jet-ski - that was awesome! So exhilirating, especially when speed-demon Mario took over! I screamed like a little girl while he beamed from ear to ear; 
* play on the inflatable rock-climbing structure, trampoline and sliding board; and
* have lunch and drinks, alcoholic ones only allowed after the jet-skiing!

We then had two hours to kill before our "free" sunset cruise. So we meandered around town, up and down Duvall street and all along the promenade.  

What a fun and memorable day in the sun and sea! It was our first time parasailing and jet-skiing, and we'll definitely do it again in a hurry (budget-allowing!)
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