South Beach & Key West

January 2003

 

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With Katherine entering the third trimester of pregnancy, we had time left for just one last trip

out from Aspen.  We decided to make it a romantic roadtrip down the Florida Keys.

We flew from Aspen to Miami, where picked up a banana yellow convertible and checked in to the Tides hotel in the art deco heart of South Beach.

  our yellow Mustang parked in front of the Tides view of the Atlantic Ocean from our room more ocean views from our room  

the beach in front of our hotel As Jimmy Buffet says, there's no point trying to reason with hurricane season.

 

The Tides is the perfect basis from which to explore South Beach

  South Beach art deco the Avalon Hotel on Ocean Avenue the Colony Hotel  

moon over Miami, reflected in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, seen from our hotel room

After a leisurely South Beach morning we put the top down on the Mustang and headed off down the Keys.

  early morning on Miami Beach art deco hotels on Collins Avenue, seen from the roof of the Tides looking up South Beach towards the big hotels of Miami Beach, from the roof of the Tides

In Key West we stayed in a little cottage on a private island called Sunset Key.

   
 

Each morning a basket was left on our front porch with fresh muffins and juice.

     
 

Taking the boat to the mainland:..

   
don't mind us, we're just tourists  

We began with a Conch Train tour, then set off on foot to explore town. 

  the Art Museum Captain Tony's Saloon, of Jimmy Buffet fame birthplace of PanAm the Key West lighthouse  

we visited Hemingway's house (& Hemingway's cats; dozens of them):

  not Hemingway for whom the cat purrs   southern most point in the U.S., next stop: Cuba  

Each night a postcard was left in our cottage to tell us the time of sunset for the next evening.

 

and each evening we watched the sun set across the sea beyond the little island.

 

 

On the way back up the Keys for a final night in Miami we stopped to admire the long-abandoned bridges of the old Overseas Railway...

   
 

and had a leisurely picnic lunch over-looking the mathematically-named Seven Mile Bridge.

   

On Marathon Keys we visited Flipper's kids & grandkids at the Dolphin Research Center.

   

And then it was time to return the banana yellow Mustang

and fly back home to snowy Aspen.

 

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