After much debate it was decided to fly the 'spam can' (Delta) instead of taking 08Romeo to the Florida Keys. As noted in my previous post the fuel cost was the deciding factor; approximately $1300 08R vs $699 plus tax (Delta). Ugghhh...we were off to the Philly airport.
I dread the security checks that are a necessary part of flying commercial. Typically I get pulled out of line after the scanner screams and sent to the penalty box for the full body grope along with the wand over every inch of me. This afternoon was a bit different, there was a full body scanner waiting for me. Shoes off, belt off, everything out of your pockets and proceed like cattle to the slaughter. Stand on the footprints, raise your arms and with a sweep of the scanner your clear. In my case some poor sap in the room just lost their eyesight after seeing this body along with all its metal parts.
|ILG and Twin Bridges|
|climbing to meet us|
|Fort Zachary Taylor State Park|
I should mention that we were staying at the Sheraton Suites as recommended by Geoff on his blog, Family Flying. It was great advice, the room was perfect and service outstanding.
Today we decided to cross the street and enjoy Smathers Beach. Beach chairs were $10 each and the umbrella cost another ten, thirty bucks later we were finally settled in. The funny guy at the beach said if you leave early it will be an additional ten, with a perfect poker face. Funny guy, lets have the receipt.
The sun was really hot, much hotter than Ocean City MD, it felt good. The water was cool, clear and flat, no waves to speak of. We baked for hours enjoying the quiet and having some fun with one of the locals working with his dog renting paddle boards and kayaks.
Saturday 9/8 - Wednesday 9/11
|Dolphin hot spot|
We also took a Dolphin Tour, it was excellent. Dolphin Safari did a great job finding the dolphins and we were treated to a mom and her calf that played around our boat as we sat with engines off drifting along. After that special treat we headed off to one of the islands and spent time learning how to snorkel and use fins. It was fun cruising along seeing all the sponges, tropical fish and baby lobsters.
|lunch at Sloppy Joes|
|web cam sloppy Joes - Mary taking a picture of the band and I'm sitting at the table over her left shoulder|
|one of the many street stops|
The house was one of the first on the island to be fitted with indoor plumbing, and the first on the island to have an upstairs bathroom with running water, fed from a roof rain cistern. Also notable are a built-in fireplace, and the first swimming pool in Key West
Hemingway converted a urinal obtained after a renovation at Sloppy Joe's bar into a water fountain in the yard, where it remains a prominent feature at the home, filled with water from the large Cuban jar, and serving as one of many water sources for the grounds' cats
Today was departure day. We had a 12:15 flight out of Key West and a connection in Atlanta back to Philly. The morning started out great with a light breakfast and an early shuttle ride to the airport. I was hoping the security checks would be easy and they were, another body scanner. As we waited for our Delta 737 to arrive at the gate we were entertained by a drunken idiot that made his rounds laughing like a fool and bothering the gate attendants. This guy was a few sheets in the wind and we all were hoping he would not be on our plane. All I could think off was diverting to another airport and missing our connection.
It was finally time to board and Mary asked the gate person if we were going to have the 'happy' drunk on board, she said no. I was waiting to see this play out. The flight was full and we were pretty far back with a few empty seats around us, you wonder how that is. Well two groups that were in the terminal waited forever to board, thanks for making us late! Everyone was watching to see if the drunk boarded but he didn't, he was stopped on the ramp and pointed back to the terminal by the Sheriff....yay, one for the good guys.
|company traffic landing at ATL|
|Ocean City MD|
Things I've taken from our Key West vacation....I've learned to love flip flops and I have a serious addiction to Conch fritters.