Monday, August 24, 2009

Honeymoon: Day 1

We are spending our honeymoon in the Florida Keys. We arrived Saturday afternoon. It took us about 7.5 hours to get down here. We made the mistake of driving through Miami on I-95 instead of going around and it added some time.

We made it to Lower Matecumbe Key and found our resort. It really isn't a resort, just low-budget timeshares. The rooms aren't too bad. They put us in an efficicency unit. It is one room and once we put our three bags down we couldn't really move around. It definetely isn't a room you want to stay in for any length of time, but once you get past the ants taking over the bathroon and the cockroach I found in the bed this morning. It isn't too bad. Yes, I said a cockroach in the bed and I had just gotten out of it. We are not paying for it, so I can't complain too much. I figure everyone should have an interesting honeymoon story.

On Sunday, our first full day here, we didn't want to do anything that required too much energy. We decided to go up to John Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo. It is a huge state park. We decided to do the 2.5 hour glass bottom boat tour. The seas were really calm with 1 foot waves and visibility was great.

I was all ready to go, but then when we got out to the reef and the boat stopped my body didn't agree with the waves even if they were small (I had taken medicine). So, we spent our first day on the top of the deck watching the horizon while we should have been watching the fishies. It was a little disheartening.

Our boat the Spirit of the Pennekamp.

Luke on the trip out to the reef.

View from the boat. Nice view, but it wasn't what we paid for. We could see the shark that swam by from the top of the bottom.

Red mangroves. They are pretty much everywhere here.

When we ate lunch at the dock we could see fish. There were some really pretty parrot fish and what I think are baby gar.

The view from where we ate lunch.

Tomorrow we are signed up to go on a snorkel trip from Bahia Honda State Park down at Big Pine Key. The trip is out to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. It is suppose to be some of the best snorkeling in the Keys.

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