I know it's been forever, the past couple of weeks have been incredibly stressful and busy, but I have a feeling that at least the stressful part will cease soon. Maybe I'll get better at consistency soon!
So I left off with having drinks on Sunset Pier our second day in Key West. We headed out in search of dinner. You can read about the first half of our vacation here. And if you want to read about the Ragnar Relay, the first post for that is here.
|We checked out Kelly McGinnis' restaurant, but nothing on the menu struck our fancy.|
|After meandering around for awhile, we settled on Fogarty's, the food was great!|
|We decided to meander towards the hotel where Katie, Jerry, Andrea and Andy were after dinner. We ran into a fellow with some very well trained birds.|
|I was a little nervous with birds in my possession, more so after the big white one started nibbling|
at my cleavage when the man asked him "who's a dirty bird".
|But after that I figured he already got to second base, why not give him a lil pucker. :P|
We continued on for a bit when Mark and I decided there was one place we just had to make sure and visit before leaving Key West. So we told the group we would meet them at the hotel after a quick detour.
|You know we had to!|
|You can't see the picture behind us, but that was a picture of Jimmy Buffet in the background.|
|First thing in the morning we headed to the docks to get ready for our adventure.|
|I really enjoyed para sailing!!|
After our fun-filled adventure, we had brunch at a nice open air restaurant (I can't remember the name!)We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around, picking up souvenirs, taking pictures and savoring our last day in Key West.
|Cynthia and I took a couple of cutesy pics as we moseyed around Key West.|
|Mark had to leave his business card mark.|
|Interesting choice of interior design.|
We decided to end the afternoon on the beach.
|That was the most delicious drink I had in Key West! Strawberry daiquiri, mango daiquiri and pina colada! Yum!|
|A one legged sea gull!|
|It was quite lovely.|
|Our last sunset in Key West on the beach!|
|Love this pic!|
|Our last sunset in Key West!|
|Mark found a pretty flower.|
|We decided to end our night at a little pizza shop on Duval Street, this is our |
"We are sad because our adventure together is coming to a close" faces.
|After seeing Linda and Katie's massive cookies, I just had to get one! I had to get a pic before we shared half of it after our pizza dinner. The rest I packed to take home to the kiddo in Oklahoma.|
|The notorious (?) traveling night club! A man on a cart with his boombox blaring.|
After dinner, we all walked to where Mark and I had left our rental car and said our goodbyes. The rounds of goodbyes had been sad throughout the trip as different couples left at different times, but this was our last goodbye and therefore particularly more difficult. I even started to tear up some this time around. We made it quick though, no point in dragging out the inevitable and Mark and I started our drive to Fort Lauderdale. The drive back was so odd, seeing it backwards was cool after our relay down, I kept recognizing little landmarks and telling Mark "Oh this is where ____". We got to our hotel in Fort Lauderdale late night, probably close to midnight and checked in and cleaned up and got ready for our flight the next morning. Our flight was leaving at 6:00 so we needed to leave the room by 4:30 and did not want to have to rush around and get ready. We had everything prepared so that when we got up all we would have to do is put on our shoes and head out the door.
I was a bit sad to be leaving Florida, it had been an all around wonderful experience, but at the same time I was kind of ready to be home and get back to my routine. I was running on pure adrenaline all the way until we landed in Dallas. Even on only a few hours of sleep I was so wired I could not sleep on the flight. It turned out okay because Mark did sleep on the flight and drove home so I could sleep on the drive. That worked out quite nicely for me! When I got home I quickly got started on laundry and such tedious tasks that brought me back to reality... Vacation was over. :(